Luncheon to raise funds for vulnerable babies and children

April 4, 2024 BY

The upcoming Mother's Day Lunch will be held on Friday, May 10 at the Mt Duneed Estate. Photo: SUPPLIED

GEELONG Mums biggest annual fundraising event will return next month, raising much-needed funds in support of vulnerable babies and children across Victoria.

The organisation’s beloved Mother’s Day Lunch will take place on Friday, May 10 at the Mt Duneed Estate, bringing together local mums, advocates and leading businesswomen.

The charity, which has been operating for more than 10 years, works to provide essential items to families in need with the aim of ensuring every child has access to a safe and nurturing environment.

Working with a network of social workers and maternal and child health nurses, Geelong Mums re-homes preloved items such as prams, car seats, cots and clothing which have been donated by the community.

Geelong Mums’ dedicated network of volunteers work to re-home preloved items to families in need. Photo: SUPPLIED


Last year alone, more than 21,000 babies and children were supported by the organisation.

Geelong Mums chief executive Ruth Holdaway said the organisation was a “community that finds joy in everything [it] does”.

“Our Mother’s Day Lunches are no exception.

“This fantastic celebration is all about having a great time with friends, colleagues, and lots of wonderful mums and taking just one day to help the families in our state that are doing it tough.”

This year’s Mother’s Day Lunch will be hosted by television presenter and sports commentator, Brihony Dawson, and live entertainment will be provided by Dawson’s band, Midnight Mix.

Geelong Mums chief executive Ruth Holdaway at last year’s Mother’s Day Lunch. Photo: STILL MUSE PHOTOGRAPHY


Guests will be treated to a three-course meal and a selection of drinks, including still and sparkling wines from Mt Duneed Estate.

Ms Holdaway encouraged everyone to support the organisation and attend the event.

“The cost of living continues to bite hard, and we can clearly see an increase in requests for our help,” she said.

“Even the basic everyday essentials – such as nappies, formula and clothing are constantly in demand.

“I urge everyone to consider buying a ticket to the Mother’s Day Lunch because your support helps us achieve our vision to share more, waste less, and ensure that every child in Victoria thrives.”

For more information, or to purchase tickets to the Mother’s Day Lunch, head to geelongmums.org