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Silverdale charity unites Kiwi mums

Posted at 2:37pm Monday 19 Aug, 2019 | By MacKenzie Dyer Author

A group designed to empower, educate and connect Kiwi mums has formed in Silverdale.

The Mum's Clique is a charity that raises funds to provide discounted and free events for mothers such as self-defence classes and an upcoming toy swap event, and it has created a judgement-free space for mums to connect through its Facebook group.

“It is for all mums,” founder Abbey Fouche says.

“It doesn't matter whether you are a step-parent or are on a fertility journey where you are trying to be a mum, you are welcome.”

Abbey's own motherhood experiences inspired her to start the charity.

“I had to navigate leaving a violent relationship while pregnant. I was 18 with a three-month-old baby, single and stuck in NZ while my mum was in Australia. I felt alienated.”

Abby says there was a lack of community for mums, which didn't change even while raising her other three children with husband, Tay.

“They say, ‘it takes a village to raise a child,' but we don't really have ‘villages' anymore,” she says.

To help create the ‘village', The Mum's Clique are in the process of appointing ambassadors across New Zealand to run events and support groups. They currently have ambassadors in Auckland, Tauranga and Whangarei.

Since starting just over two months ago, the Mum's Clique Facebook group has more than 1900 members.

“It grew quite quickly, so I was nervous about how we were going to moderate the page.”

Abbey says she is proud of how group members have conducted themselves.

“Our group has managed to talk about controversial topics such as vaccines. It is so good see people have different opinions and manage them in a kind way.”

The Mum's Clique also has a website and Instagram page.

Info: themumsclique.com/the-events

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