Belinda Rigby and her young family. Belinda is looking for her birth father and would like to meet him before she gets married.
Belinda Rigby and her young family. Belinda is looking for her birth father and would like to meet him before she gets married.

Belinda searches for birth father

Belinda Rigby has been looking for her birth father since she was 11 years old. The difficulty is that she doesn’t have much information.

Belinda’s mother, Cindy McInnes, was 17 at the time of Belinda’s birth in 1983 and her foster family told her if she kept the child she would not be allowed to come home to Lismore.

All Belinda knows for sure is that her birth father’s name is Anthony Carter, known as Tony, and he was born in 1965, had a sister named Bernadette and went to one of the high schools in Lismore but not Lismore High. Her birth parents met at a youth group at Uniting Church. Belinda is getting married in October and would like to meet her birth father before then.

“It’s been a real hot topic, been on my mind because of the discussion about walking down the aisle and my Mum said to me, ‘It’s funny you’ve never found your real father’,” Belinda said.

In the past 15 years Belinda has tried to find her father by doing internet searches, writing letters to people with the surname Carter and her dad even came to Lismore and rang all the Carters in the phone book.

“I just want to meet him and just see who I look like, see if I have any other family,” Belinda said. “I do not want anything. I am 26 years old with an established career and a family of my own. But inside me there is a small empty hole. I have been searching, with no success, since I was 11 years old. So have my parents. This year I am getting married at the beautiful Cabarita Beach. I would love to have some closure and meet my biological father before journeying on into the next stage of my life.”

If anyone knows anything that they think could help Belinda you can contact her via email at belindarigby83@hotmail.com.


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