2017 - ACT Australia's Local Hero Nominee
After her beautiful baby daughter Maya was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Tash Maguire was inspired to make happy memories for children battling life-limiting illnesses. She garnered the support of a troupe of volunteers and began collecting and distributing toys to hospitals around Australia for sick children – a project she calls Warming Beautiful Souls.
Tragically, Maya passed away in 2013, but her legacy lives on in her mother’s work. Tash, her husband Mark and daughter Amelia have built a special house in Yass, just outside Canberra, to provide respite for families with sick children, and for grieving parents to escape and recharge.
Maya’s Rest is available at no cost, and Tash lovingly looks after these families so they can concentrate on connecting, uniting and gathering strength. Tash has brought the community of Yass together to support Maya’s Rest, with tree-planting days and other events raising funds to support families in their most difficult moments, and to ensure her precious daughter is remembered.