Mandurah resident brings local mums together for a worthy cause

In a bid to bring mothers together and make a difference in the community, Mandurah mother of two, blogger and good Samaritan Melanie Edge has brought Babes + Picnics Australia to Mandurah.

The Babes + Picnics initiative was created in Brisbane in November 2016 by resident Lucia De Melo, who hoped to support and assist mothers in a non-judgmental environment while raising funds for local not-for-profit organisations.

Tired of having to go up to Perth for big mum gatherings, Ms Edge became WA’s fifth Babes + Picnics ambassador recently and decided to bring the initiative down to Mandurah.

“Mums are lonely,” Ms Edge said.

“I am a mum myself and having the opportunity to leave the house and meet some mums is really hard.

“The mission of Babes + Picnics is to catch up once a month to mingle, meet other mothers, make new friends, have endless laughs, create positive vibes, take heaps of photos and grow generous hearts.

“This picnics provide our mums with a safe, positive and purposeful environment to meet other mums with the possibility of making new friends.”

All while raising much-needed funds for local organisations.

At each picnic meet-up, attendees will be able to enjoy the company of fellow mums and contribute towards a different organisation each moth through a small donation.

Those who donate to the cause, will also be able to enter in a raffle to win mum products donated by local businesses.

“Ideas of contributions have been an item of their brand, a discount or a voucher,” Ms Edge said.

“The purpose of this is to help get local businesses brands out into the local community and to our mothers’ homes.”

Ms Edge’s initiative to bring Babes + Picnics to Mandurah has already met with the support of the community, with more than 240 people already being part of the Mandurah Facebook group.

Mandurah’s first Babes + Picnics will be held at Osprey Waters Reserve at 10am on Friday and will raise funds for Pat Thomas House.

The Mandurah-based organisation provides crises accommodation, advocacy and support for women and families fleeing domestic and family violence.

Interested mothers can drop by the Osprey Waters Reserve Babes + Picnics event on Friday.

For more information about the Mandurah group go to the Babes + Picnics Mandurah Facebook page.