Tracy’s life reads like a series of chapters in a book connected by a single, but powerful thread – her family. She describes her childhood as incredibly strict and fuelled by alcohol, family violence, and instability. School and friends didn’t feature highly in the list of family priorities, it was straight home and helping out around the house that mattered. As soon as Tracy could escape she did but only briefly. At 17 she was pregnant with her first child, and her second followed the year after that. Her relationship was dysfunctional and violent and then drugs entered the room and her life shifted gear again. Tracy was hooked.
“I was right into drugs and unsavoury people, doing whatever I had to do to keep going. I enjoyed being spontaneous, being out the gate. I felt like Miss Asia and I enjoyed it. It’s so easy to get lost in that lifestyle”.
When her third child came along, her relationship was already on its last legs and it wasn’t long before it was just Tracy and her baby, her other two children choosing to leave with their father. Tracy’s next relationship would produce another baby, the loss of her two youngest children to the state, and a jail sentence before it changed direction again with the support of first RAW and then Hope Fish. As soon as Tracy was paroled to RAW in 2018, every ounce of her focus and energy was thrown towards getting her two youngest children back. With RAW’s support, the milestones started to come. First, it was supervised visits, then it was weekends, and finally, it was full custody.
But the milestones didn’t stop there. In 2020 RAW secured scholarship funding for Tracy’s son to attend a private school. To be able to give her son the best possible chance at life with a high-quality education seemed an impossible dream for Tracy but with the RAW community’s support that is exactly what will be achieved.
“The connection with Annah and Rebecca is life long. They do whatever it takes to help you make your goals happen. The scholarship just blew me away. The first of my kids to be given a chance like this. I’m so grateful.”
February 15, 2021