Nurturing Communities Through Compassion 

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Recently we meet Tayla, a 23-year-old powerhouse from Auckland, New Zealand. She reached out to Big Group Hug as she embarked on a mission to Melbourne, Australia, seeking to learn and understand new ways to uplift her own charity and subsequently her community.  

Tayla’s journey began with a desire to make a difference in the world. From a young age, she felt compelled to take action, starting with collecting pyjamas for hospital patients at the age of eight. Her compassionate spirit only grew stronger as she witnessed the devastation of natural disasters and the struggles of those around her. 

At just 12 years old, Tayla established a Facebook page to rally support for victims of the Philippines typhoon. Undeterred by setbacks, and supported by her parents, she organised relief efforts, sending much-needed aid from her own home.  

But this was just the beginning of her journey as a changemaker. It was a simple encounter in a supermarket that ignited her determination to do more. Seeing a small child in need sparked a fire within her, leading her to reevaluate her path.  

Despite briefly pursuing studies in law, Tayla realised that her true calling lay in serving others and advocating for those in need. Just shy of 20 years old, Tayla dove headfirst into community service, dedicating eight months of her life and $15,000 in savings to support families in need. 

From her family home, and then from a storage unit, she worked tirelessly, spending long days sourcing donations, shopping, creating and delivering aid packs for struggling families.

Her efforts did not go unnoticed, as she quickly gained wide recognition and media for her impactful work. With the support of a philanthropic benefactor, Tayla’s endeavours flourished, culminating in the establishment of Mummys In Need, a charity that like Big Group Hug, provides material aid for families struggling to provide for their children. dedicated to running programs benefiting thousands of families and babies annually.

At just 23 years old, Tayla’s accomplishments are nothing short of remarkable. With a team of dedicated volunteers and a network of over 145 organisations, she continues to expand her reach and impact. A name change in 2023 to Nurturing Families NZ, encapsulates Tayla’s mission and the incredibly vital work they do.  

Her commitment to continued learning and growth brought her to Big Group Hug, and we have no doubt that she will continue to do incredible things in her community and beyond. 

We thank Taya for her visit to Big Group Hug – she is an inspiration to all who meet her.

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