Natanya makes a difference for Mater's tiniest patients

Natanya makes a difference for Mater's tiniest patients

What started as an idea to help raise funds for Mater Little Miracles has grown into a crafty endeavour for one woman.

Natanya is passionate about helping others and has turned her love of arts and crafts into a way to make a real difference to seriously ill and premature babies born and cared for at Mater.

Natanya, who has Moebius syndrome, sells handmade products to family and friends from her family’s garage that her parents have repurposed into a workshop.

In discussions with her support worker about how she could do more than just donate, Natanya came up with the idea to make and sell items to raise funds for Mater Little Miracles.

“I wanted to do something to help Mater, especially the little babies. So we started making candles, using my grandfather’s beeswax, and then I wanted to recycle old things,” Natanya said.

“We started making papier-mache bowls and painting them, decorating pots and growing plants from seeds or cuttings, making homemade soap and face creams, jewellery boxes out of lolly tins, and adding pom poms on key rings,” Natanya said.

Her first craft stall in December 2018 catapulted her into the world of fundraising, and after holding a second stall in May, Natanya has raised around $1000 for Mater Little Miracles. 

“It makes me feel so good to know that I am helping the sick babies. This experience has enabled me to learn so many new skills, and I am doing things I never dreamed I would be able to do.”

Funds raised for Mater Little Miracles help to ensure that Mater’s tiniest patients can have the best possible start to life. 

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