Brave Foundation: World’s Biggest Baby Shower

Bernadette Black may not be a household name around the country just yet, but she’s getting close to it. At the age of 39 she’s worked as a nurse, written a book, served as a member of her local council, stood for Federal politics, won the Barnardos Mother Of The Year award, and last year launched a national charity, the Brave Foundation, which exists to provide encouragement, support and resources for girls, guys and families facing teenage pregnancy and parenthood. What makes Bernie even more remarkable is that she herself had a baby at the age of just sixteen.
 
Bernie experienced first-hand the stigma associated with a teenage pregnancy and the lack of support and education. She says, “Throughout my pregnancy, so many people looked at me critically and judgmentally and made me think that I should be embarrassed and ashamed. I desperately searched for support and inspiration from others who had been in my situation but found none”. She promised herself that one day she’d write a book to help other pregnant teenagers, and her book, “Brave Little Bear”, was published in 2006. Last year Bernie also launched a national charity, Brave Foundation, which aims to “build a village of acceptance and support around every person facing teenage pregnancy and parenthood”.
 
This May Brave Foundation have launched their first official Fundraiser, the World’s Biggest Baby Shower. This is your way to get involved in your local community or group of friends.
 
The World’s Biggest Baby Shower fundraiser is active throughout the month of May, and the Brave website offer some fantastic ideas of how to host a baby shower (or other activities, both small and large scale) with your friends or in your workplace. Check it out here for more information, and don’t forget to register to access some great games and other fundraising support activities.

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