By Colin MacGillivray
WHITTLESEA author, speaker and artist Rosa Carrafa has been recognised for her efforts to make a difference in people’s lives with two nominations in this year’s AusMumpreneur awards.
The awards have supported Australian mothers in business for the past 10 years.
They have previously been awarded nationally, but will this year be presented to finalists in state-based ceremonies across the country.
Ms Carrafa was nominated anonymously in the Victorian women will change the world and big idea award categories.
The mother of two said she was thrilled to be in contention for both categories.
She believed she had been nominated for her creative projects, which aim to promote creativity and better mental health in the Whittlesea community.
“The criteria include being active in my chosen area – community work and inspiration – which is what I do as a writer and an author,” she said.
“I’m working on three projects at this stage and for me it’s about community involvement.”
Ms Carrafa said she had published her first book, Aspects of Me, with the aim of inspiring children and teenagers with positive affirmations.
The book has been distributed in several places, including Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.
Ms Carrafa said she was currently working on two more projects, entitled Aspects of Hope and Aspects of Death.
In Aspects of Death, she explores themes of mortality to help children process big concepts.
She said she was inspired to do so by a car crash that killed her parents, brother, uncle and grandparents when she was 14.
“Dealing with grief and loss can cause some quite serious long-term issues, especially with children,” she said.
“I advocate for nurturing the grieving process and making a difference, and shaking society up and sharing the truth of how incredibly painful death is.”
Ms Carrafa said Apects of Hope was a collaborative project that would compile short story submissions from the communty on the subject of hope.
“I want to bring people comfort and make them feel safe and encourage creative expression,” she said.
Ms Carrafa said her award nominations had been ‘overwhelming’, but exciting.
“At first I thought, why me? But then I looked in the mirror and spoke to myself and said, ‘why not you?’” she said.
“It’s quite humbling and nerve-racking at the same time.
“I already feel a winner because of what I do for the community. I see validation all the time through that.”
People can find more information on Ms Carrafa’s upcoming projects by visiting www.facebook.com/watch/RCarrafa. More information about the AusMumpreneur awards can be found at ausmumpreneur.com.