Please help, if you can: Helping a family that always helps others

Melanie Greenhalgh and I worked together a couple of years ago, and we also crossed paths professionally for several years before that. She is a warm, funny, generous lady; a wonderful storyteller and fabulous cake-maker. She has dedicated her career to ‘helping’ others: as a youth worker, advocate, sexual health educator, social policy advisor, social researcher, and currently, as a health promotion officer in a women’s health advocacy service. She’s a fellow blogger and passionate about supporting parents to raise their kids.

In addition to being all these things, Mel and her husband Mick are parents to four children, including their two nephews who they have cared for as their own, since Mel’s sister passed away seven years ago. Mel is an incredibly resilient person – they are a resilient family.

A few days ago, the Greenhalgh family home burned down, and they lost everything. Fortunately, no one was physically hurt, but the loss of their family home – one that Mel and Mick had carefully and thoughtfully provided for their four children – is devastating. In true Mel form, she is already reflecting gratefully on the offers of help she has received, and looking toward a way through this dark time.

I know that Mel’s first priority would be to support and care for her kids, to continue to provide them with a sense of safety, stability and love while they grieve and come to terms with everything they have lost. In the meantime, Mel and Mick need help from others.

Some of Mel’s friends have started a Go Fund Me campaign, to help this family get through this time and back on their feet. If you can, please consider donating at the link below.

Click here to visit the Go Fund Me Campaign for Melanie and her family.



  1. What a wonderful thoughtful blog this is Erin – thank you for opening this up to us so we can do something to help – especailly as Mel is someone who, obviously, is always there for others, it’s great to be able to give back. Please keep us informed of their progress


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