michelle key 52 stories of inspirational women

WEEK 7: 52 STORIES OF INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN

Creating a Haven For Young Patients

This is Michelle Key’s Story

WELCOME TO WEEK 7 of 52 Inspirational Stories of Women! The project is designed to recognize 52 inspiring Women, celebrating the everyday women who make a difference in our lives. 

WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN?

NSM Smiles2U was born out of a personal ordeal.

The ordeal of my toddler’s unexpected anaphylactic reaction to peanuts, which led to an unplanned hospital visit, highlighted the daunting task of engaging a child during such a crisis. It was in those anxious moments spent in the Emergency room that the concept was conceived: we needed to take action to support children facing the ordeal of hospital stays.

Smiles2U was created 8 years ago and in 2020, and became a registered Charity in NSW, with deductible gift recipient (DGR) status. Smiles2U now supports 14 hospitals with care packages, smiles bags, cancer care packs and comfort for those who find themselves in hospitals unexpectedly.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I am the founder of Smiles2U a Not for Profit Registered Charity in NSW.

North Shore Mums Smiles2U is a 100% voluntary charity that aims to bring care and comfort to the many children, parents and carers who pass through the Emergency doors of our local hospitals every day. We offer care packages that are made to help when disaster strikes. These packs have been carefully put together with items to support the patient with comfort and care whilst going through a very challenging time in their lives.

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WHAT INSPIRED YOU?

As we sat in the Emergency room, facing uncertainty and stress, I saw firsthand the challenge of keeping a child entertained and comforted during such difficult times. It was in that moment of vulnerability and need that the idea was born: to create something meaningful for children undergoing hospital stays, to bring a smile to their faces during moments of hardship.

HOW DO YOU STAY INSPIRED?

Staying inspired requires a combination of passion, purpose, and constant reminders of the impact of our work. For NSM Smiles2U, the driving force behind our inspiration is the knowledge that every small gesture we make has the potential to brighten a child’s day during a challenging time.

We stay connected to our mission by regularly interacting with families, hospital staff, and volunteers, hearing their stories, and witnessing firsthand the difference our efforts make in the lives of children.

Additionally, we remain open to new ideas, innovations, and feedback, constantly seeking ways to improve and expand our reach.

Ultimately, it’s the smiles on the faces of the children we serve that fuel our inspiration and drive us to continue making a positive impact.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR THOSE THAT WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Start small, use your strengths, collaborate with like-minded people, celebrate the small wins, be on the lookout for new opportunities, and above all take time out for yourself.

HOW DO YOU GET PAST SELF-DOUBT?

Visualize success, and a positive attitude.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, everything takes time, with perseverance it can be done, and believing in yourself.

WHAT GIVES YOU HOPE FOR THE FUTURE OF WOMEN?

Leadership, seeing our woman become leaders of the future! Speaking there mind. Acceptance in the community as leaders.

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HOW CAN OTHERS FIND OUT MORE?

Michelle Key’s: Website | Instagram

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    About the Author

    KARINA PAMAMULL

    A brilliant brunette, effortlessly juggling a plate of crispy fries in one hand while gracefully dancing to the rhythm of life with a glass of fine wine in the other.  I’m the ultimate dopamine hunter, always on the lookout for thrilling new experiences.

    I have worn many hats – a professional Dating Coach responsible for countless love stories, a seasoned General Manager, and the mastermind behind multiple events departments. I’ve successfully orchestrated over 500 events, each one a unique tapestry of connection and celebration. From conferences, and elegant soirées to heart-warming gatherings, each with its own unique story.  I am the successful author of a book called ’52 Stories of Kindness’ with more than 500 copies sold.

    All these fabulous experiences showed me the power of true connections and acts of kindness. They inspired me to create a space where women can uplift, support, and empower one another. WingWomanTribe – the home for women to find friends, connect, and grow with a tribe where they feel fully supported. #liveyourwishlist