Former Channel 7 star and TV personality Melissa Doyle has shared a touching tribute to her daughter on social media, confessing her pride in the 19-year-old on their “extra special” visit to Kenya.
The pair were in the country with humanitarian aid organisation World Vision – Melissa had been an ambassador of World Vision Goodwill for nearly two decades. And while this was not the former Sunrise host’s first trip, it was her first alongside daughter Talia.
Melissa shared a series of pictures of her, Talia, and the people they had met along the way to her Instagram account, writing “this is my beautiful baby girl, all grown up & visiting a school in Kenya. My heart is bursting with pride.
“It is such a privilege to see first hand the work @worldvisionaus is doing to give children access to health care & education. To take Talia with me made it extra special.”
Just five days prior, Melissa had mentioned the “precious trip” in another post, sharing her gratitude to Women’s Weekly magazine for accompanying them, and how special it was for Talia to “finally [be] able to join me on a field trip and see for herself just how important and special the work is.”
In that post, she went on to explain how they had travelled to Kenya to see “farming regeneration projects, a child protection group, a Women’s Savings for Transformation group and to meet our 4 yo [year old] sponsor child Bridget.”
And on her Talia tribute post, friends and fans shared their pride in both Doyle’s, with many agreeing that it must have been a special time indeed.
“Oh wow this is so special,” wrote producer Chezzi Denyer.
“Wonderful trip to do together,” actress Danielle Spencer said.
“Extra special,” singer Tina Arena agreed.
“Soo good for children who come from fortunate backgrounds to see the world is not all like their experiences,” one fan confessed. “I hope to show my kids how we need to give back to those less fortunate.”
“What a special time for you both,” said another.
“Daughter like mother! Proud kind Mama! So happy for you both,” one other supporter declared. “Making our fractured world a better place.”
It isn’t the first time that Melissa had spoken out about her pride in her daughter, and in the things she’s on the path to achieve in life.
In 2021, she told Women’s Weekly that she believes Talia would do “great things”.
“I’m very proud of my young woman of the future,” she said, “and what she will do next. I’m excited for her and for all of us.
“I hope that she has just seen that there is now every opportunity available and she makes the most of it, never wastes a moment and will just be the kind, gorgeous woman that she is.”
This article first appeared on Over60.