It’s a busy life but there’s one thing keeps her grounded: being a child sponsor.
“It has been immensely rewarding,” Marguerite says of her 30 years of sponsoring children through ChildFund Australia.
“Our sponsor children are part of our family.
“Learning about the hopes and dreams of a child who lives on the other side of the world is an incredibly powerful thing to experience.
“We love receiving their letters, their drawings, their cards and learning about their culture and their day-to-day life. The holidays they celebrate and what their communities are doing.”
Education has provided the gateway to a life where Marguerite feels empowered to help others. She hopes her sponsor children will continue learning and become positive contributors in their communities.
“Learning is a wondrous journey that never ends,” Marguerite says.
“I still learn every day and we are thrilled to see our daughter Bre also has a love of learning. This is what we want our sponsor children to experience.
“We hope they will use their education for the greater good, not just to help themselves but also their families and those in their communities.”
Life’s not as simple as it used to be, says Marguerite, but it’s been the simple things in life – such as support and education – that have made all the difference.
“Knowledge opens the mind, opens doors and creates opportunities,” she says.
“It provides individuals the knowhow, the toolkit and the skills they need to succeed – and if they fail, education provides them with the resources to draw on to learn and improve.”