Girls Time Out like a second family for Rockhampton mother
THE team at Girls Time Out is "like a second family" for young Rockhampton mum Nickaela Patamise.
The 21-year-old mother-of-one said the service, which supports young mothers in the region, was there for her in her time of need.
Yesterday she made a desperate plea to keep open the program, which faces an uncertain future with its federal funding set to run out at the end of June.
The organisation must compete against other providers and re-apply for further funds.
"I'd be lost without it," said Nickaela, who credits the service with making her a better mother and woman.
She started going when she was seven months pregnant, at a time when she was daunted at the prospect of entering the world of parenthood.
"It's given me belief in myself and they've provided my daughter with opportunities to learn to interact with kids her own age," Nickaela said.
She was joined on Friday by a group of people keen to see the service stay.
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the thought of the program closing was heartbreaking for those involved and those who accessed its services.