A YOUNG Limerick student will have her fingers and toes crossed next Monday that her beloved mother will be named the winner of the nationwide Mum in a Million competition.
Michelle Jackson, 31, has been chosen from over 1,000 women nationwide to make it to the final three in the TV3 competition, Mum in a Million.
Michelle was nominated by her 10-year-old daughter Molli who penned a letter to TV3 expressing why she felt her mum should be the chosen one.
“We were watching Xpose because she is mad about fashion and she simply turned around and said: ‘I’m going to enter you into that competition mam’ and I said: ‘Moll, you and thousands of others’,” Michelle explained. “She asked my mother Teresa to help her because the application had to be sent by email. Mum enclosed a letter as well.”
In her heartfelt letter, Molli expressed just how much her mum means to her and her brother and sister, Sean Patrick, 12, and Katie, 7. “Mom helps us make our dreams come true,” said Molli in the letter. “She enables us to follow our dreams. I want to play music and be on stage to sing. My mom manages to pay for lessons for me. She always says that she believes in me, and says that if I believe in myself, I am half way there.”
Michelle, who hails from Woodview, Caherdavin received a visit from Anna Daly and the Ireland AM crew last week who filmed a package which was broadcast on February 4.
The three finalists will win a makeover on Ireland AM with the final winner getting a holiday of a lifetime in Bella Italia, Lake Garda, Italy. While the family have been on holiday to England, they have never been on a sun holiday. As well as being faced with the daily challenges that three young children bring, Michelle works part-time for the Youth Advocate Programme, YAP Ireland, which is based at Watch House Cross in the city.
She mentors young people – helping them with their daily challenges, be it problems in school or family problems. She also volunteers one day a week with the Bedford Row Project which supports the families of prisoners. “I enjoy that and it’s important for me to do it because of the hard times there are in Limerick.”
A dedicated mum to her three young children, Michelle is anxious to give them the best start in life and ensure they are as rounded as possible as they make their own way in the world. “It’s important for me to be able to give my children the experiences in life that maybe not everyone is fortunate enough to have - and that means going without for me, ” said Michelle. “Social life gets put on hold, everything gets put on hold so they can have drama, brownies, girl guides, GAA and summer camps. I sacrifice a lot of my time as well to be honest.”
While young Molli - who is a student in Caherdavin Girls’ School - says it would be “amazing” if her mum won the competition, no matter what the outcome “she is always going to be mum of the year to me”.
“If I ever question myself or if I’m ever in doubt about whether I am doing a good job – reading Molli’s letter was very emotional,” said Michelle.
Winning the holiday, she said, would be lovely for the three of her children but would be particularly pleasing for Molli in terms of the self-satisfaction she would feel at having been rewarded for taking the initiative and doing such a kind gesture for her mum. To vote for Michelle log onto www.tv3.ie/muminamillion and just click the vote button. The winner will be announced on Monday.