GREAT MUM: Leigh Collier, of Casino, with daughters Jessica, 11, and Laura, 2.
GREAT MUM: Leigh Collier, of Casino, with daughters Jessica, 11, and Laura, 2.

Jessica's chance to honour mum

By NERIDA BLOK

IF YOU ask 11-year-old Jessica Collier, a good mum is someone who plays games with you, takes you shopping, checks your homework and supervises your cooking.

But if you ask the Casino West Public School student's mother, Leigh Collier, a good mum is so much more.

"A good mum has to spend time with her kids and make time for the family unit. She absolutely has to be there for them," the full-time mother of three said.

"Barring unforeseen things, nothing should be allowed to interrupt that."

Mrs Collier said this was even more important in today's world, when both parents often had to work out of necessity and time spent with their children was limited.

Keen to recognise great mums in the Richmond Valley shire, the Casino Chamber of Commerce is this year holding a Mother's Day promotion with the aim of finding the 'Mother of the Year'.

Chamber president Jennie Stevens said the competition, which was co-sponsored by the Richmond River Express Examiner newspaper, was open to all children from the Richmond Valley Council area.

She said the idea for the competition came from two young, enthusiastic committee members of the Chamber of Commerce, Karen Dockrill and Joshua Fussell.

To enter, a child must write, in 100 words or less, why their mum should be recognised as the 'Mother of the Year'.

Prizes totalling more than $2000 have been donated by local businesses.

Entries close on Thursday, May 5, and can be dropped into Vogue Frock Salon, 100 Walker Street, Casino, or Cafe 1882, 100 Barker Street, Casino.

Winners will be notified before Mother's Day, May 8, and published in The Express Examiner on Wednes- day, May 11.



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