Mums’ charity secures new warehouse thanks to viewers of Dannii Minogue’s special report

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St Kilda Mums has received a staggering $89,866 in donations following their recent rent appeal.

The rent appeal had already raised $35,532 of the $62,000 target before The Project aired Dannii Minogue’s special report on February 22. But following Dannii’s emotional appeal on behalf of St Kilda Mums, the support and donations poured in with an overwhelming $38,938 received in the first 24 hours.

With the generosity of the general public’s support St Kilda Mums has raised $89,866 which is almost 18-month’s rent, and has now signed the lease on their new warehouse at 2-4 Vale Street St Kilda.

St Kilda Mums CEO, Jessica Macpherson says that with more space for donations, they will be able to accommodate more volunteers and in turn increase the number of families they can help by extending their service further across Victoria.

The goal is to reach every maternity hospital, big and small, so that no family should have to consider what this mum contemplated when she discovered she was pregnant:

“On Australia day I went to the hospital for what I thought was a kidney infection only to discover I was 35 weeks pregnant. This came as a total shock, I had no idea up until that moment.

For the first couple of weeks my partner and I had been considering giving the baby up for adoption – not because we wanted to, but because we have no savings and couldn’t even begin to imagine how we would afford all of the things we would need for a new baby.

That’s when a social worker from the Royal Women’s Hospital told us about you and what you do. Because of you I was able to decide that I would keep the baby, which I am already counting down for even though I’ve only had to wait five weeks! I am absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of you and all of the people who donate and volunteer with you.

You have helped turn what was the saddest, most stressful time in my life into something unbelievably positive. My family and I have not stopped singing your praises to everyone we have spoken to, so from the bottom of my heart thank you for absolutely everything you do. I will be eternally grateful.”

St Kilda Mums was established in February 2009 by five women wanting their own children’s prams and cots to be recycled and loved by other families. Seven years later, the expanded network of St Kilda Mums, Geelong Mums and Eureka Mums has rehomed over 52,000 items and the need only continues to grow.

For more information, visit www.stkildamums.org.

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