“It’s just so spe­cial to be recog­nised as wor­thy of this honour”

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M&B’s Mother of the Year shares the most mem­o­rable mo­ments from her cel­e­bra­tory trip to Syd­ney

Far­rah Mil­lar, 38, is Mother & Baby’s 2016 Mum of the Year. Af­ter try­ing for years to con­ceive, Far­rah has two mir­a­cle ba­bies un­der two, but was di­ag­nosed with breast cancer just 18 hours af­ter her youngest was born. Here, she gives an in­sight into her cel­e­bra­tory whirl­wind trip to Syd­ney.

Septem­ber 22, 2016

I had the time of my life at the 2016 Mother & Baby Awards! I flew to Syd­ney from WA with my mum, Leah, and the trip was un­like any­thing I’d ever imag­ined. From the minute we stepped off the plane, we were treated like roy­alty. Ev­ery­one was so lovely and kind – the sweet­est of all be­ing event host Natalie Bass­ingth­waighte! She is one in­cred­i­ble lady, and so gor­geous. She gave me and Mum some selfie tips, which be­came es­sen­tial to get through our Syd­ney trip, and told us all about her chil­dren and her cloth­ing brand, Chi Khi. It felt like a dream to meet her. When she handed me that enor­mous win­ner’s cheque, I just couldn’t be­lieve it. I was so ner­vous to give my speech, but it was just so spe­cial to be recog­nised as wor­thy of this honour.

This has been a bril­liant op­por­tu­nity to share my story and en­cour­age other women to self-check their breasts. Af­ter my speech, spon­sors and award cat­e­gory win­ners came over to con­grat­u­late me, of­fer­ing all kinds of prod­ucts. The most spe­cial of­fer came from Ba­bies”R”Us – even though I’d re­quested to share my $5000 voucher prize with the other four fi­nal­ists, they of­fered to still honour the orig­i­nal $5000 just for me and my kids! I burst into tears at such mind-bog­gling gen­eros­ity. Shortly af­ter­wards, I met rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Par­adise Re­sort who of­fered me a week-long hol­i­day on the Gold Coast. I just couldn’t be­lieve it and could not stop cry­ing with hap­pi­ness. I still feel like the luck­i­est girl in the world!

Septem­ber 23, 2016

As part of my whirl­wind trip to Syd­ney, the Mother & Baby team or­gan­ised an ap­pear­ance on To­day Ex­tra. We ar­rived early at Chan­nel 9, where they promptly ush­ered me into the make-up room. I couldn’t be­lieve it – sit­ting next to me again was Natalie Bass­ingth­waighte! She gave me some great ad­vice on how to re­lax before my ap­pear­ance on live tele­vi­sion and we both got bright-pink lips done in honour of Bright Pink Lip­stick Day.

I watched with an­tic­i­pa­tion while Nat was on the show before me. I couldn’t be­lieve it when they called my name to sit in the chair! There, across the desk in front of me, in all their bright, bub­bly, beam­ing glory, were David Camp­bell and So­nia Kruger. They made me feel so calm and wel­come, even though I was filled with but­ter­flies. So­nia told me I was beau­ti­ful; I swooned! Nat was right – it was just like chat­ting in your liv­ing room with old friends, ex­cept I made sure I sat up straight. It was all over in the blink of an eye, then we had a quick photo in the ad break.

It was such a re­mark­able trip with so many ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, and I made so many fab­u­lous new friends. Thank you,

Mother & Baby and Ba­bies”R”Us, for mak­ing this all come true!

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