We sat down with our new Ipswich Coordinator, Mel Clack, to find out why she chose to join The Pyjama Foundation’s team (family), and to know what drives her, and other fun little tidbits!
Why did you apply for the role of ‘Ipswich Coordinator’?
I have always had a passion for helping other people and helping fundraise and run events for many not-for-profit organisations or just “good causes” – Since having my almost 6 year old I have considered becoming a Foster Carer myself and just last year completed a Teacher’s Aide course with the view of helping kids in school as well as my own son with his learning now that he’s just started Grade 1 – I saw The Pyjama Foundation to be a great opportunity to combine both of these and to be involved in helping kids in our local area that need it more than most. I couldn’t turn up an opportunity to be a part of that.
What do you love most about your job (so far)?
Meeting new people in our community and listening to all the great stories of the success our Pyjama Angels have in creating relationships and making a difference in these kids’ lives as well as their own.
What challenges are you currently facing? (And how are you working to overcome them)
At the moment the biggest challenge is learning more about the families we can help and the volunteers we currently have to make the best matches for success in our Love of Learning Program.
What are your goals for the Ipswich region/ branch of The Pyjama Foundation?
My biggest goal right now is to find as many new volunteers as possible to match up as many of the kids we have already waiting to be placed in our program that are yet to know what it’s like to have a Pyjama Angel in their life and what that can mean for them.
What are you passionate about? / What drives you?
Being able to help people that don’t always get all the opportunities that others get in life.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I go to the gym, love family time including our 2 fur babies, camping, eating out at new places and also our favourite’s, hanging out with good friends – and LOVE to go on holidays, see places that I haven’t seen before, meet people and learn about different cultures from real people (not a tour guide).
What are your favourite places to visit in Ipswich?
Kholo Gardens (so beautiful and peaceful), Ipswich Nature Centre, Workshops Museum, Bundamba Swimming Pool, Any of the walks/bike tracks around – especially the dinosaur footprints!
What’s your favourite quote?
To make a difference in someone’s life you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or prefect – you just have to care – Mandy Hale
What’s a fun fact about you that you’d like to share?
I once moved more than 10 times in one year – and I hate moving!
What’s your favourite children’s book?
It’s hard to pick just 1 – there are so many, but my favourite author is Dr Seuss – not only are his books fun to read, bright and happy, they all have underlying meanings or some kind of learning in a fun, playful way.