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The Reception Room of the Tasmanian Premier -

The Barnardos Mother of the Year 2015 Tasmania was announced today at an awards ceremony held at the Reception Room of the Tasmanian Premier, The Honourable Will Hodgman MP.

The Premier presented Lisa King with the prestigious award, which is the largest and most recognised national awards celebrating mothering and acknowledging the enormous role Mums play in shaping Australia’s future.

Nominated by her friend, Reeve McLennan, Lisa was awarded for her inspirational achievement in raising and supporting her young family during times of unbearable tragedy. Margaret Saunders and Jody-Lee Rosevear were commended as Tasmanian finalists in the annual awards.

WIN TV news presenter, Georgia Love was the event MC and Kerrie Moore of Barnardos Australia reflected on the 20th Anniversary of the Awards and the evolution of mothering.

Debra Macmillan, Barnardos Australia Senior Manager said, “This year marks the milestone 20th Anniversary of the awards and on behalf of Barnardos Australia I congratulate Lisa King on being awarded Barnardos Mother of the Year 2015 Tasmania. Lisa has demonstrated her commitment to nurturing children to help them realise their full potential.”

“These awards showcase the importance of mothering and are hosted to encourage positive parenting across Australia. Unfortunately, current statistics show that a child dies every 15 days in Australia as a result of abuse or neglect. This demonstrates the critical need for Barnardos Australia to continue our work and stop child abuse,” said Macmillan.

Lisa will be joining the rest of the State finalists and their nominators in Sydney for three days of festivities with the National announcement to be made on Mother’s Day at Kirribilli House. Melissa Doyle will take on the role as MC at the ceremony. Further details regarding this special event will be announced shortly.

As the Barnardos Mother of the Year 2015 Tasmania honouree, Lisa will receive a trip to Sydney for herself and her nominator, including flights, transfers, accommodation, entertainment and will attend the Barnardos Mother of the Year 2015 National Announcement, which marks the 20th anniversary of the awards. She will also receive prizes courtesy of Simone Perele, Leonie Edmiston, Event Cinemas, Fresh Discover Beauty Online, Blackmores, Breville, and Woman’s Day.

As a national finalist, Lisa is in the running to take home the major prize pack worth over $5000. Items include: Breville Home Chef pack, $1,000 Simone Perele lingerie voucher, $500 Dial an Angel voucher from Woman’s Day, $500 Leona Edmiston gift voucher, $400 Fresh Discover Beauty Online voucher, $100 Harlequin Schoolbag gift voucher, Woman’s Day magazine 12-month subscription, Blackmores Deluxe Hamper, Woman’s Day Photo shoot and a framed certificate to mark the occasion.

Barnardos Australia is supported by Australians nation-wide, all who share the charity’s belief in children and stopping child abuse. Supporters include celebrity ambassadors, Jodi Anasta (nee Gordon), Leona Edmiston, Debra Lawrance, Dennis Coard, Damien Leith, Renae Smith, Samantha Harris, Jimmy Rees (aka Jimmy Giggle from Giggle and Hoot), Mia Freedman, Noni Hazlehurst, Lisa Wilkinson, Heidi Middleton, Natarsha Belling, Professor Kerryn Phelps and Dr Ginni Mansberg.

Key Facts and Figures

About the winner:

As a mother and wife, Lisa King has endured unbearable hardship and loss but continues to be the rock of her family, and an inspiration to mothers from all walks of life. Lisa and her husband Aaron are parents to four boys: Jalen, Noah (who was born with a condition called Hydranencephaly), Harri and Kobe. Noah’s brain condition left him with the mental capacity of a three-month-old and a lifespan of just a few years. However, due to the love and positivity of both parents, and the fulltime care of his school teacher-trained mum Lisa, Noah made it to his 10th birthday before his tired body gave out. Just as the family began to cope with the loss of their “little monkey”, tragedy struck again – at just 39, Aaron suffered a fatal heart attack.
“We all wondered how Lisa would cope with this double tragedy,” says Reeve McLennan, Lisa’s friend and nominator for Barnardos Mother of the Year. “She has however continued to be inspirational. Lisa is always upbeat and positive and thinks of others. Even while she had Noah she spent time with a family based care group that took families with disabled children on outings.” Lisa is also a regular blogger and has inspired many people around the world with how she has remained positive throughout her ordeals and has twice been voted Australian Mum Blogger of the Year.


Notes for editors

About Barnardos Australia and Barnardos Mother of the Year
Barnardos Australia is the leading child protection charity in Australia, committed to stopping child abuse.
Celebrating its 20-year anniversary, Barnardos Mother of the Year is the biggest celebration of Mums in Australia. The awards recognise the enormous contribution mothers make in shaping Australia’s future.
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