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Foundation on mission to break the cycle

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‘A charity that helps children who have been orphaned or abandoned by their parents due to illicit drug use has been handed a timely financial boost.

The Mirabel Foundation supports young people up to the age of 17 – the overlooked victims of substance abuse in Australia – and strives to restore a child’s self-worth, as well as their hopes for the future.

It is the vision of Chief Executive Jane Rowe, who identified a vulnerable group of children and took action to make a positive difference in their lives.

In her work as a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, Ms Rowe witnessed the devastating effects that drug use has on the children of drug users and the cycle of abuse that repeats itself through generations if action is not taken.

Ms Rowe says Mirabel aims to break the cycle through providing tailored recreation programs for children in need.

These programs include early intervention, family camps and events, kinship carer support groups, social awareness programs and many others.

Delivered by experienced social workers, they help to break down the social isolation many of these young people face, allowing them to achieve their goals and sense of belonging.

“[We’re] currently assisting more than 680 children living throughout NSW,” Ms Rowe says.
“Almost 50% of the children Mirabel supports in NSW are currently living in the Hunter and Central Coast regions.
“This is a critical time where the need for Mirabel’s services in the Hunter Region has grown beyond expectations.”

The charity has received a $48,000 grant through the St George Foundation’s Community Grants program.

Ms Rowe says the financial assistance is vital to help it continue the programs and make positive change.

“The grant from St George Foundation will go directly towards continuing our work with children and young people in the Hunter Region, offering respite activities as well as therapeutic experiences to foster young people’s self-esteem and teamwork skills,” she says.

“With [the grants] help, we can provide essential care for young people and their carers living in the Hunter region, with the knock-on effect of reducing isolation and improving their circumstances.”

Visit mirabelfoundation.org.au for more information about the foundation.

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