Barnardos Mother of the Year NT finalist, proudly supported by ALDI Australia.

NT finalist Regina Andrua - nominated by daughter Jane.

Regina Andrua, 46, was born in South Sudan before moving to a refugee camp in Uganda as a teenager.

Arriving in Darwin, Australia, with limited education and language, she enrolled in English classes while working two jobs and looking after her children.

The mother-of-10 has since become a pillar of the community, providing newly arrived refugees and migrants with the practical and emotional support they need to adapt to their challenging new environment.

She is nominated by her daughter, Jane Alia, 26, who admires Regina for her optimism, limitless energy and unconditional love for others.

“My mother is my role model because out of nothing she made something great,” said Jane.

“She is well known in the community because she has helped a lot of newly arrived refugees and migrants in the community from different parts of the world.

“My mother is a quiet achiever… In my 25 years of life, I have never seen someone who shows unconditional love like my mother does.

“She helps people who are still in refugee camps in Uganda, even those who are not her family.

“My mother is amazing; life would be meaningless without my mother. She is not just my mother, but a mother to many people. She deserves all the awards this world can offer a mother."