I lost my wife & mother to my 5 children in April of 2016. It completely broke our beautiful family, she was the love of my life, and our rock, and the most caring and loving mother to our children who were aged 6,7,9,11&13 at the time. Losing her was sudden and just too much to bear.
I myself am disabled with a rare brain condition & am unfit for work for the rest of my life, along with PTSD, Osteoporosis, & Epilepsy to name a few of my health concerns. I just didn’t know where to start or what to do; Anna made it all seem so easy. My life is all about my children, the eldest 2 are in the 207th Australian Air Force Cadets with the younger 3 wanting to follow suit, although for now one is a girl guide; another is a boy scout & there’s even a little football star. My 10 year old has ASD and my other 2 boys have serious learning difficulties however they show great confidence and I know Anna would be so proud of the incredible people they are becoming. If it wasn’t for the POP Foundation I truly do wonder (frequently) where we would be right now!
The Foundation made it possible in a big way for our family to afford & organize our lives. POP Foundation are real life angels, that’s no exaggeration in any way! They continue to be there for me on all levels, I’ve had Monique show up at hospital to make sure I’m being looked after, meet me for lunches to get filled in on how we are all going, they truly do care and are down to earth cool people. A HUGE shout out to Brad, Monique & everyone involved with the POP Foundation! You are all in our hearts for life and we appreciate everything you do for us! – Bret
In July 2017, our lives changed forever, in an instant our little family went from living a wonderful life to trauma and chaos and the unknown. My husband Jacko had a terrible workshop accident. Being new to our hometown I was in awe of how much the community pulled together around us and gave us support and love. Most of those first few weeks are a blur.
I remember a few people mentioning to me the POP foundation and to get in contact. It’s crazy how hard it can be to ask for help when you have been so fiercely independent your entire life. I remember meeting with Monique and feeling so much understanding and kindness. In the age we live in it’s so easy to forget that there is so much good in the world.
The POP foundation gave me… Tanaya, wife, mother, friend, daughter, sister the help I so needed. The little things that I just couldn’t get done in a day they stepped in and took care off. Just a simple catch up and chat often lifted my spirit in the most difficult time of my life. 18 months later we are moving forward. Jacko is home and whilst things will never be as they were we will have a good life. My saying is if “you can’t go over the mountain go around it”.
We have so much gratitude and love in our hearts for Monique and the POP foundation. They made me feel like I mattered in all of the craziness. Sometimes the simplest of gestures are the ones that make the biggest impact. I love getting an email or phone call from the POP foundation I always know at the end of it I will smile. So grateful to the POP foundation ❤
“HOPE is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness” – Desmond Tutu
The POP Foundation is filled with amazing kind people that were able to support myself and my family financially and emotionally throughout my journey. I was diagnosed with Aggressive Breast Cancer in 2017. I was 34 years old with 2 daughters my oldest daughter Brooke was 14 and my youngest daughter Sahara was only 4. My Husband Dan and I have a mobile mechanical and hairdressing business in outback Queensland. We were already stretched financially and this was the last thing we were prepared for, for one of us to get sick, we thought we were safe with age on our side.
The POP Foundation came to our rescue, helping us pay bills and loan repayments. This took unbelievable pressure off my family so I could focus on my treatment and getting well. POP Foundation did not stop there with their generosity; they also paid for my girls to do different activities whilst we lived in Brisbane for 5 months. Even though I am now back home POP Foundation continue their support, even if it’s just to check how I am going.
They are such a supportive foundation with real people and huge amazing hearts. Without their help my treatment and recovery would not have been as successful. I am truly grateful to Monique and the POP Foundation for being there in one of my toughest battles – Maree
I would like to sincerely thank Monique and the POP Foundation for their kind and generous support in assisting my children and I through tough times we have been facing in Tasmania.
I am recently widowed after losing my husband of 15 years suddenly to a late diagnosis of cancer in 2016. My husband passed away just 3 weeks following his diagnosis (the day before my 36th birthday).
Together we have 4 children, 13, 11, 6 and 5. My youngest son Levi has Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anxiety and is severe asthmatic. At this time, Levi had no support plan in place with the NDIS, so there was no funding available even for continence aids.
Life went completely upside down overnight when I lost my husband, with suddenly no daddy around anymore for the children, I was thrown into the demanding roles of being a full time disability carer, taxi, educator, gardener, cook, house cleaner, care-taker and mechanic. As a sole parent to my kids, I had to quickly learn to to do things for myself as I couldn’t afford to pay anyone to help me.
We lived 90 minutes away from therapies and supports for Levi, so getting to such appointments was practically and financially impossible due to being so isolated. The kids schools were an hour away from our property, and the bus stop each day was 20 minutes away, which took i’s toll on me. If the car broke down – we stayed home, if someone got sick – we stayed home, or if I wasn’t feeling too good – we stayed home. As a result of this, my kids missed out on necessary appointments with support workers, psychologists, school and respite activities. We also couldn’t afford eating out, buying new clothes, school uniforms, child car seat/harness for Levi, let alone a new set of tyres for the car.
With assistance from the POP Foundation, we were able to have all those necessary things we needed to make life easier, have our car fixed, as well as move house so that we were closer to supports and schools for the kids.
I would also like to acknowledge the ongoing support that Monique and POP Foundation has provided to Smart Pups in helping us to get an Assistance dog, for Levi that will enable him to become more flexible, have companionship, provide safety at home and school, and assist him to better manage his anxiety and ADHD. We are so excited and looking forward to welcoming our furry companion into our family next year. Thankyou so much and God bless you. – Bettina, September 2018