Worthy honour for model mum
By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY ? RUTH Robertson reckons she is just an ordinary mum.
But her kids thought otherwise and so did the people searching for Queensland's mother of the year.
A touching nomination written by her daughter Rebecca Howe tells of a loving, caring and devoted woman.
"Mum feeds breakfast to homeless indigenous people on the riverbank and invites homeless people into church for morning tea,'' the nomination says.
"She flies to PNG to support her foster children. "She is an advocate for a mentally and physically disabled man who has no family. He can't talk but his face conveys words I can't convey when he sees her.''
Mrs Robertson said he did not know she had been nominated until she got a telephone call from the competition organisers.
"I was overwhelmed when I heard,'' she said.
Despite the work she puts into the community, and her children, Mrs Robertson is not convinced she deserves to be a regional finalist.
"I think I was quite an ordinary mother,'' she said.
"It is important to let your children know that they are loved unconditionally.
"It is also important to keep your children grounded through offering sound values and morals.''
These values have undoubtedly been passed on. Her two children are now adults, and she is the proud grandmother of four.
Mrs Robertson will be flown to Brisbane on April 19.