I want to share a story of a little Australian boy I met last month, whose dream was to find a family who would love him.
Jonny, now 12 years old, had been with a foster family since the age of one. A few months ago, he went into respite care for the weekend to give his foster family a break. His family advised that they did not want him back. He stayed with the respite carers for three months.
A beautiful woman who was training to be a foster Mum was determined to care for this little boy who just needed to be loved. She brought him to the Magic Moments Foundation Youth Leadership & Business Summit last month and the magic started...
He created a vision board and explained to his team coach that his dream was to find a family. The vision board included lots of pictures of fish. He explained that he made lures and sold them. (Already a young entrepreneur.) His other dream was to own a 3D printer and lap top so he can start producing lures.
The coach said she could help with sourcing a 3D printer and for him to call her if he was serious. She did not expect to hear from him again. After all, he’s only 12 years old.
He called the following week, had set up an email address and said if she could help get the printer, he would sell the lures for half price to her brother who had a fishing tackle shop (Yeahhh! Already a negotiator.)
The word went out and the amazing MMF family are collecting funds to provide this young lad with a 3D printer and laptop to fulfill his other dream. Just imagine the smile on his face when he makes his first creation because of the kindness, love and support he has received.
And it does not end here. Last week, his new Foster Mum was appointed and it was the beautiful woman who brought him to camp. She shared that she is so blessed to have him enter her life. “He is such a beautiful, intelligent and thoughtful boy. I love him to bits!” He has achieved his dream to find a new family and his beaming, happy face tells the story.
And the magic continues….
Our wonderful presenter and business coach Andrew Davey is keen to connect with him to discuss his vision and help him achieve his business dream.
This week a letter from Jonny’s Child Safety Officer was shared. Thanking most sincerely the elderly carers that took care of Jonny for three months in such difficult circumstances. She went on to say that “I went to see Jonny last night and in the 12 months I have known him, I have not seen him so talkative, comfortable and happy. It truly warms my heart to think of the positive and happy memories he has in front of him, surrounded by wonderful people that truly care. This is what it is all about, working together as a team for the best outcome for our young people”
Who was it that said “It takes a village to raise a child”
Jonny’s new Mum shared a photo of his lunchbox on his first day at his new school. (He had not been to school for 3 months.) Lovingly packed, she included a note for him to find when he opened:
You are braver than you believe,
Stronger than you look,
Smarter than you think,
Loved more than you know,
Love from Mum xxx
He loved his first day at his new school. He will be receiving his printer and laptop soon.
I am so eternally grateful to be part of this magical group of volunteers, whose love knows no bounds, helping young souls, one at a time.