A dedicated mum
LAVINIA Costello is a caring person and has given generously to others all her life.
Lavinia, one of seven state finalists in the Retravision Queensland Mother of the Year award, worked as a registered nurse in the aged-care industry.
She took time off from this much-loved work to care for her father who was dying from melanoma.
"I cared for him around the clock for five weeks to grant him his wish to die at home," Mrs Costello said.
"I also rehabilitated my mother after she suffered a stroke - I brought her home from hospital and, while still working full-time, I looked after her and did her physio and speech with her everyday," she said.
"It was a wonderful thing to be able to care for my parents - I love my family very much."
Mrs Costello, who was born in Murwillumbah and now lives at South Tweed, also continues to care for her 37-year-old intellectually disabled son at home.
"I was proud to find that my daughter had nominated me for the award - to think she thought that much of me," she said.
"It was quite a shock to be a state finalist though, and now I'm quite nervous and anxious about the final judging of the award next week."
Lavinia, along with the other six finalists, will be in Brisbane on Tuesday for judging and afternoon tea at Governor's House before the announcement breakfast on Wednesday.
Organisers said all the proceeds would be given to the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital Research Foundation's annual Mother's Day Appeal.