Did you know that each year over 45,000 babies are admitted into neonatal intensive and special care units, that’s over 14.5% of all babies born? Mind blowing really, isn’t it? I’ve been lucky enough to have two healthy, full term babies, and so have many of my friends, but many, as shown by the figure above, are not. Being a parent, I can only imagine the traumatic, emotional roller coaster ride that these parents and families go through.
“Founded in 2005 by parents, all of whom had a sick or premature baby the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation is Australia’s leading charity dedicated to providing support, friendship and information, specifically tailored for families of children born premature or sick. Having a child that is sick or premature can be a very traumatic rollercoaster ride and the Foundation strives to give families the support and assistance they need via services available in the hospital (neonatal and special care units) and in the community when families come home”.
On Sunday the 27th of October, all around the country, in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Tasmania, Adelaide and Perth, Life’s Little Treasures will be holding their annual Walk for the Prems event. In Melbourne there will be a 5km walk/run 10km walk/run but you only have a few more days to register!!! Registrations close on Monday the 22nd of October. For more information visit http://www.lifeslittletreasures.org.au/
Unfortunately I can’t attend the event but am throwing my support behind it by writing this post and hopefully inspiring some of my beautiful readers to attend. I’ll also be making a donation towards Life’s Little Treasures and hope you do too! Funds raised from the event go towards vital services such as hospital survival packs, iphone applications, information sessions, telephone support and a parent support network.
Peter Anderson, PhD, Principal Research Fellow at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, strongly believes in the work of the LLT Foundation. He says Walk for Prems “is a terrific way of bringing this very special community together to celebrate the many success stories as well as to remember those babies that weren’t so lucky. It helps raise considerable money and provides important exposure for a very productive and important foundation.”
For support and information call 1300 MYPREMMIE (1300 697 736 )
To join the community visit https://www.facebook.com/lifeslittletreasuresfoundation