Introducing Queensland’s Most Inspirational Mum

Barnardos Mother of the Year QLD 2018 Announced

Barnardos Mother of the Year QLD 2018 Announced

Barnardos Australia is pleased to announce Cindy Rigby from Moree’s Pocket, Queensland, has been named Barnardos Mother of the Year QLD 2018.

Cindy Rigby, 61, is a superwoman who came to the rescue of more than 90 foster children, in addition to raising two sons of her own. Some of Cindy’s foster children stayed in her care for a couple of days, a month or two, or a few years. Others, like her nominator, Hayley Barber, 20, never left her side – nor did they want to.

Hayley explains, “I never really had a mum until I came to Cindy’s home. She taught me how to use a knife and fork and how to do homework and even stayed up until midnight writing English assignments with me. No words can describe how much my mum has done for me.”

Throughout the breakdown of her marriage in 2017 and her subsequent need to re-establish her home, Cindy remained a pillar of strength, love and care for Hayley. Even during hardship and times where Cindy needed support, she still gave everything she could to ensure her children were safe, happy and together.

“My love for her grows stronger each day and I am glad we are still best friends,” says Hayley. “She is my rock and there is no one in this world that deserves this award more. She has done so much good in this world and deserves to be recognised for it.”

Cindy says the nomination came as a complete shock, “I don’t think any mother expects recognition for what we do. Children are the most innocent and precious beings – and it is our job to protect them and guide them on their journey.”

David Levy from Barnardos Australia says, “Barnardos believes all children and young people deserve caring families in which they can grow safely and fulfil their potential. For 23 years, the Barnardos Mother of the Year awards have recognised amazing mothers in our community who have shown incredible dedication to their children against all the odds. We have been blown away by the inspiring stories we received this year and we would like to thank everyone who nominated a special mum.

For us, it is incredibly moving to see how Cindy shares the same philosophy as we do, her soul focus being on the safety and wellbeing of her children. We look forward to celebrating her commitment to nurturing our future generation at our national event in May.”

In her nomination, Hayley finishes by saying, “She is the reason I am here today and I am so grateful to have her as my mum. I love her to bits.”

Cindy now progresses to the National Ceremony held in Sydney in May, where she will join the other state and territory winners for the announcement of the Barnardos Mother of the Year 2018. Until last year, Queensland mothers had taken the national title home two years in a row – will Cindy’s story see Queensland re-claim the award?