Three at a time much more than a handful

YOU would think Joanne Bacon would have had enough triplet trouble after raising her own but the mother of five is volunteering to help raise another three.

Even with her household full of almost teenage triplets, Mrs Bacon visits mum of four-month-old triplets Kady Tonkin once a week to lend a hand.

“I thought it would be a nice experience to be able to help out a mum that's going through what I went through,” the Banora Point mum said.

“Especially with emotional support.”

Mrs Bacon became a volunteer with The Family Centre's Volunteer Home Visiting Service when she heard they had a family with triplets looking for support.

“When I was bringing up my triplets I formed a sort of mothers group with two other triplet families.

“We used to get together and were each other's support. I thought it would be nice to offer that to Kady.”

The service offers a volunteer for two hours a week to provide information and practical support to families in the Tweed Shire with a child under three years old.

“It's mutually been a really nice experience,” Mrs Bacon said.

Miss Tonkin, of Tweed Heads, said she would be lost without Mrs Bacon's support.

“She's excellent and has helped my heaps,” she said. “I wouldn't get anything done otherwise.”

Miss Tonkin's triplets, two sons and a daughter, were an unexpected surprise for her and partner John Maksimovic on June 5 this year.

Coincidently, Mrs Bacon's triplets are also two sons and a daughter, all 12.

“For the most part they've been great little mates for each other,” she said. “But they were sometimes a little mischievous, like the time they got the eggs out of the fridge and were just cracking them on the floor.”

Service co-ordinator Yvonne Collins said Family Centre staff go out of their way to match volunteers with families.

“Joanne understands the special issues that Kady is facing in a way that the rest of us just can't.”

If you are interested in either having support from a volunteer or becoming a volunteer contact Ms Collins on (07) 5524 8711.

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