Each New Year tends to bring about change, and the modern day mother’s group, Babes and Picnics, is soon to see such changes roll into motion.
As the year fast approaches its end, so too does Kirsty Boag’s time as Head of Singleton’s Babes and Picnics group. With a heavy but grateful heart, she is handing over the reins to young mum, Beth Scott.
The change comes after news that Kirsty’s husband has been posted to Adelaide, a bitter sweet moment for the Boag family.
“It’s a very bittersweet end to the year,” Kirtsy said.
“My family is from Adelaide so I can’t wait to be back with them and have that support, but I’m really sad to be leaving Singleton too.”
Funnily enough, Beth is also originally from Adelaide and found herself in Singleton because of the Army base. She has spent time running the Army base play group, so taking charge of the Babes and Picnics group seems a fitting role for her.
“It can be really daunting coming to a new town, or trying to get out and about when you have a baby,” Beth said.
“Babes and Picnics is a group where you can get out and meet people in a comfortable environment.
“We have a welcome area for people who haven’t been before, so you have assurance that other mothers will be there too.”
As the year winds down, the next Babes and Picnics event has been locked in for December 2, to be held as a part of That Little Expo.
In fact, the final picnic is something very close to Kirsty’s heart, not only because it will be her last local event, but it will also raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House.
During her second pregnancy, Kirsty found herself in a situation that meant her family required the services of the Newcastle Ronald McDonald House.
“Everything was going rather smoothly, until I was being put in an ambulance with a team from the John hunter, diagnosed with placenta previa grade four,” Kirsty said.
“Hospital was where I would stay, not to mention on complete bed rest, from 31 weeks.”
Doctors told Kirsty to prepare for the worst, though fortunately all the worry was washed away when her beautiful baby girl, Annika was born.
“One thing I will be forever grateful for was the Ronald McDonald house, which gave my husband and son Christian, then six-years-old, a room,” she said.
“Until you’re in that situation, you don't realise how amazing this charity is.”
For those wishing to support the cause, a photo booth will be set up at the Christmas on John Street event tomorrow, where gold coin donations will help fundraise for the charity. If you can’t attend, but still wish to donate, visit the babes and Picnics Singleton Facebook page for more information.
The next Babes and Picnics event will be held at the Singleton Showground as a part of That Little Expo, on Saturday December 2, between 10am and 12pm.