Mothers’ group a breath of fresh air

LOCAL mothers have come together to help breed support and positive community values at the first meeting of a new mothers’ group in Elizabeth this week.
The Babes + Picnic Elizabeth mothers’ group met for the first time last Monday, with many local mums bringing their kids down to Fremont Park and spending time with other mums of the area.
Babes + Picnic Elizabeth ambassador, and event organiser, Rhiannon Christerson said she got involved with Babes + Picnic – a nationwide initiative – after she found it difficult to find
mothers’ groups that catered for mums with toddler aged children.
“My son is two-and-a-half and I found that there wasn’t much around that assists mothers with kids that are that little bit older,” she said.
“There wasn’t anything like this in the Elizabeth area, so I was doing some research and a friend told me about Babes + Picnic and everything they do, so it just went from there.”
Babes + Picnic – which originally started in Queensland – now has over 4500 members across more than 20 locations Australia-wide.
Group members bring along a small donation to picnic events, held each month, which is put towards a women’s or children’s charity.
This month, the Elizabeth members raised money for Essentials 4 Women SA, which distributes pads and liners, for free, to homeless women in need.
Ms Christerson said the local community’s response to the formation of the Elizabeth group has been positive.
“We’re already up to more than 400 members on our Facebook, which is great,” she said.

Tom Staggard


Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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