Rachael Woolley and Katina DeStatis

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — The electorate of Narre Warren South is blessed with some remarkably kind and talented people. I recently had the pleasure of hosting a morning tea with the shadow minister for disability services, Danielle Green, to recognise Rachael Woolley and Katina DeStatis for being named as Victorian finalists in the 2012 Barnardos Mother of the Year awards. Rachael is the mother of five young children. Her eight-year-old twins, Jake and Cooper, both suffer from severe, non-verbal autism, and her five-year-old son, Dylan, has Asperger’s syndrome. Following the birth of Rachael’s twins she became involved with a local multiple birth association to provide support and assistance to those in a similar situation to her own, and is now a staunch advocate for the rights of autistic children.

Katina is also the mother to five children and for the past six years has fostered children with disabilities. Both women have displayed enormous courage and determination, enduring incredible hardships yet remaining humble and willing to help those in need. They are true inspirations and fabulous mums.