A 78-year-old widowed mother of five has been named New South Wales Mother of the Year after giving more than 50 foster children a home, all while working two jobs.
For the past four decades, Noelene Lever has cared for children in need.
Ms Lever has been named New South Wales Barnardos Mother of the Year in honour of her lifelong commitment to caring for children.
The Indigenous woman from Forster, on the state’s mid-north coast, says she treated the foster children as if they were her own.
She says there is no way she could let a child go without.