Kylie Brown with her daughters Aimee,11, and Mikaela,14, and some of the other children she works with after school and on weekends.
Kylie Brown with her daughters Aimee,11, and Mikaela,14, and some of the other children she works with after school and on weekends. Alistair Brightman

Hervey Bay mum and volunteer may be Mother of the Year

FOR many of us, looking after one child can be a handful, but spare a thought for one local mum who finds herself caring for more than 300 kids on any one weekend.

Hervey Bay's, Kylie Brown is one of just three women across Queensland to be selected from thousands to attend the semi-final round of Barnados Mum of the Year Award.

Her volunteer activities within the community span more than 11-and-a-half years and includes running Kids Club and after school programs, junior leadership groups, vacation care as well as delivering Christmas hampers to families in need.

On weekends, Ms Brown organises buses to collect more than 100 children from the region to provide them with a safe place to interact.

She also manages a childcare centre at her local church to allow for affordable after school care.

Alongside her work with children, Ms Brown works with families to help manage behavioural issues.

Ms Brown says that the biggest challenge she faces is finding time.

"I've got two kids of my own," she said.

"I also run two businesses and I work full-time so it's all about slotting everything into my schedule."

Ms Brown heads to Brisbane on April 9 for a ceremony which will reveal whether she has been selected to go on to the national final held in Sydney this May.

While Ms Brown said she was honoured to get so far along in the nomination process, seeing the children she worked with grow as people was reward enough.

"It is important that children have a voice," she said.

"Life is so busy and parents are busy so it's important that children get to be heard, that they get to be seen and get to be taught.

"Kids just need to be allowed to be kids."



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