We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our community this month. After only a few short days fundraising for the HBF Run for a Reason we surpassed our goal of $1,000. Thankyou! Having reached our initial target we are thrilled to confirm that we will be printing and posting posters and flyers to hospitals, child health nurses and family planning clinics across Western Australia, to enable all families to be aware of and access the support Tiny Sparks WA provides. We have now set our second goal of a further $1,000. Our leading fundraiser is a family with a beautiful baby girl born at 23 weeks still in NICU, so we think a grant to Parents of Prems to provide care packages to families with micro and extremely premature babies is a fitting use of part of these funds. The remainder will be used for development of workshops specific to the needs of our community that we plan on rolling out over the next six months. There is still time if you would like to join our team. Please read more on our fundraising page and our fun run blog.
We celebrated one of our community getting to 34 weeks after having an extremely premature baby. Chat about how parents celebrated each milestone.
We loved this response from Pamela J "I got myself a bottle of Edenvale De-alcoholized sparkling wine from Woolies and toasted our success every few weeks. It is actually quite tasty and I tell all pregnant mummas out there to get one. It makes you feel really special, particularly if you drink it out of your fancy glasses, and it is safe for the baby :)"
Group Prenatal Care Boosts Pregnancy Outcomes - New results are forcing health care providers to reconsider the best ways for preventing preterm birth. (read more)
Messy Diapers Help Show Nutrition need for Premature, Full-Term Babies - Messy diapers are helping scientists to understand how nutrition helps babies grow into healthy children. (read more)
"Preterm birth is the single greatest cause of death and disability in young children in our society." We are so pleased to see Women and Infants Research Foundation pushing hard to find answers and make changes in this area. (read more)
Thanks for the Support!
5 families came along to our Family Photo Evening Fundraiser. They had a fabulous time and were delighted with their images. We plan to run this fundraiser again later in the year so please keep your eye out so you don't miss out.
Erin Cooper Designs have continued their support this month donating 20% of their total sales until 30/4 to Tiny Sparks WA.
Requests for Support
Does anyone in our community work at a print/copy shop (think Snap Printing, Officeworks or similar) or have a partner, relative, friend etc who does? If you could e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org we would love to chat to you.
Going Home News
Our congratulations are extended to everyone who took home their baby from NICU/SCN this month. Special mention to the Draman family who took home their beautiful daughter just in time for Easter, article here.