Coat gives hope back to kids
BETWEEN running two foundations and mentoring children, mother-of-two Di Wilcox makes a difference wherever she goes.
The founder of The Magic Coat program and “chief inspirational officer” for Make A Difference WA helps children and others overcome adversity.
West Perth-based Ms Wilcox, a teacher of more than 20 years, said she came up with The Magic Coat program after seeing children develop mental health problems, including anxiety and depression from an early age.
“I believe if we teach the children the strategies taught in The Magic Coat from a young age, we will lessen domestic violence, violence in general, anxiety, depression and all the negative choices that come with these negative thoughts,” she said.
Ms Wilcox facilitates the program in schools using positive psychology strategies, techniques she said had worked across the board, including in one of WA’s toughest high schools.
“Children who have been bullied, children who feel that they don’t belong, children who hate themselves, children who think they are stupid, children who are neglected, children who have been abused and children who have witnessed things no child should see have all experienced the sense of hope, love and empowerment that the ‘coat’ brings,” she said.
Three years ago Wilcox became involved with Make A Difference WA after the foundation lent its support to the program.
Make A Difference WA will hold a Coaches and Captains Breakfast at the Hyatt on December 13, where money raised will go towards helping disadvantaged women in refuges and prisons involved in the foundation’s programs.