Rikki Cooke is an amazing person. She’s a social worker, a foster carer and a single mum.
Rikki is also the CEO of Treasure Boxes Inc, a charity she founded in 2015, to bring comfort to the four emergency foster children in her care.
Today, Treasure Boxes provide items such as cots, prams, clothes and toys, to families in need. She has spent the better part of the last four years working full-time hours, unpaid, building an organisation that directly fills a gap in the social sector, while maintaining her day-job, caring for her sons and somehow finding the time to look after herself.
From humble beginnings, Treasure Boxes has grown to make a meaningful impact in the community in a short space of time. Rikki said it is truly a team effort, “The support from our volunteers and the community is incredible.
It’s about what we have all created together, every volunteer, every donator.
“Together we have created something special.”
In 2019, the service provided practical assistance to more than 1,360 children. Rikki is modest about her achievements and of her approach to supporting the community she says “Aim high, stay humble.”
Rikki’s contribution to improving life for children and familes in the City of PAE has been recognised and for her efforts she was the recipient of our 2020 Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award.
To learn more about Treasure Boxes or to donate, visit www.treasureboxes.org.au
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