Hi! I’m Kate, mum, business owner, and cloth nappy champion. I’ve got two gorgeous kids, Gillian (4) and Andrew (nearly 2! sob!).
In 2015, Gillian was finishing her chemo treatments and we were looking forward to a new “normal”, one where she would be well, I could go back to work, and we could go swimming on weekends. But as I thought about re-entering the corporate workforce, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of dread. How could I go back to work as if nothing happened while knowing that we were the lucky ones? How could I put on my suit and get on the bus and type away on my computer all day, when other families were grieving the loss of their babies?
I just couldn’t do it.
And so I started thinking about what I could do to honour those kids, those families, and still try to carve out a living. Again and again, my mind turned back to my little brave tiger and all that she’d been through with a smile on her face through the darkest days. And then I received an email saying a business was up for sale.
And so Brave Tiger Trust was born.
What better way to change the world than by helping one baby at a time to live a happier, more comfortable life? I’d used cloth nappies with Gillian and had fallen in love with them then, and now I was using them on Andrew whenever we weren’t in hospital. In buying the business, I could not only help the environment, help families save money, and give them an alternative to the disposables that had become mainstream, I could create an income for my own family and donate to children’s cancer research to speed up the discovery of the cure. Yes please!
I’ll be the first to admit that the first year of running and operating the business was overwhelming and scary. There was so much to learn and so much I didn’t know, where would I start? How would I make my dream a reality? And so I struggled along, doing what I could, which felt like it was never enough. But I’ve decided 2017 is my year and so I’m just jumping in with both feet and making it all happen. The first step in this was hiring a business coach and the second was when she told me what I needed to hear: bring Brave Tiger fully to life.
We donate 10% of our profit to the Children’s Cancer Institute. It’s our way of giving back and giving thanks. If Gillian’s cancer taught us anything, it’s that gratitude is everything. We are so thankful that she’s well, we’re so thankful that we now have a means to make a difference, and we’re incredibly thankful for you, our customers. Without you, none of this could have happened. <3