National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week #NVW2019 is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.  This years theme is ‘Making a World of Difference’.

Tiny Sparks is entirely volunteer run.  Without our volunteers generously giving thousands of hours each year we would simply cease to exist. Every week our volunteers who live not just in Perth, but all over Western Australia, put in countless hours managing our operations, packing and delivering Care Packages, answering enquires, coordinating community events, attending Coffee Mornings, running our online Support Groups, knitting, sewing, fundraising and more!

We are so grateful they choose to support Tiny Sparks, they really do ‘make the world of difference’!

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HBF Run Team Success 2019

It may have started out as one of the coldest mornings we’ve experienced this year, but that didn’t stop more than 33,000 people packing the streets of Perth for the HBF Run for a Reason.

Our 40 strong team were spread across various groups with several in the half marathon and even some ‘tiny sparks’ walking in the prams and families 4km. We caught up with a few of the team at the finish but with the change to the staggered start times this year, many of our team were finished before the 4km event had started.

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Several months ago we set our sights on a fundraising target of $7,240 to fund a special project across 4 Perth hospital Neonatal Units which consisted of:

  • 6 free standing mobile phone recharging stations.

  • Creation of 36 Neonatal Unit specific milestone cards which can be downloaded FREE from our website.

  • Printing of the milestone cards and large display boards for easy access for parents within the Neonatal Units.

  • Coffee machine.

  • Microwave.

  • Going home signage.

Feedback from our families let us know just what a difference these small things would make to their Neonatal Unit stay. Our reason for running was simple. Everyday 10 babies born in Western Australia are admitted to a Neonatal Unit. Their families need our support!

Our team have put in a phenomenal effort! Not only have they been busy sharing their personal stories, telling everyone why they support Tiny Sparks WA and what we do, they have also been raising funds. To each of them, their families, friends and supporters we are SO grateful. Not only have we reached our target, we have smashed it! As of 5pm 18/5 collectively the team had raised a staggering $11,229 with donations continuing to come in! (As soon as the final figure is reconciled we will let everyone know.)

We will be inviting some of top fundraisers to assist us with handovers to the hospitals. It’s their hard work that has made this project a success! We will also be inviting all of our team to send in some Care Package messages to encourage and support more families.

If you’ve been inspired to make a difference we welcome you to join our team for the City to Surf. Keep an eye out for team details. If running isn’t your thing and you’d prefer a sophisticated evening of wine and delicious morsels, please join us for ‘A Night to Sparkle’ presented by Boutique Events, all proceeds to Tiny Sparks WA.

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Happy Mother's Day 2019

Mother's Day is such a special day for women everywhere.  It is an acknowledgement of the amazing role women play in their families as a Mother.  For some they will be spending this special day in hospital alongside their 'tiny spark'.  To bring some joy to what is no doubt a difficult time we have sent out more than 200 gifts state wide, for those families spending Mother's Day in a Neonatal Unit.

We want those Mum’s to know they are in our thoughts. That we have been where they are now and we appreciate the unique challenges they face sitting by their baby’s crib in a Neonatal Unit, torn between their children at home and their sick baby, and those Mums whose baby's are in their hearts and not their arms.

Our gift includes a beautiful card with room for the Neonatal Nurses to stamp babies hand and foot prints and also a silver ‘Love’ bookmark. We know that baby’s who hear their Mum’s voices when they are preterm or sick do better. Their long term outcomes are improves and it increases bonding. Somethings it can be difficult to find the right words, or you may feel silly telling your baby that you love them for the millionth time that day. That is where reading comes in!

It is not necessarily what you say, but the fact they can hear your voice just as they would if they were still in utero. Why not read aloud your current novel. Not much of a reader, borrow a copy of Harry Potter or something fun and long, and go for it.

From all of the team at Tiny Sparks WA we wish mother’s everywhere a very Happy Mother’s Day.

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Coffee Mornings May, June & July

Connecting Community.
Our monthly informal Coffee Mornings are a wonderful way to connect with the community. Each month we choose a new location to ensure as many people as possible are able to come to a gathering, not too far from home. Everyone is welcome to come along including parents, carers, extended family and Crafty Creators. Topics of discussion typically revolve around pregnancy, birth, the Neonatal Unit and the challenges that lay beyond.

RSVPing is not essential, but we do encourage you to do so via the Facebook event pages (click through the images below) so that we can keep an eye out for you. We welcome you to join us on:

  • 13 May, 10am, Zamia Cafe, May Drive, Kings Park

  • 17 June, 10am, Waldecks, 173 Wanneroo Road, Kingsley

  • 15 July, 10am, Slate Cafe, 12 Dulwich Street, Bennett Springs

If you have a cafe you love be sure to let us know and hopefully we can add it to our roster for later in the year!

We look forward to meeting more of you throughout 2019.

 
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HBF Run for a Reason 2018

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Walking, running or wheeling the streets of Perth could not be more fun with friends!  For the 5th year in a row we are inviting you to join us in the 2018 HBF Run for a Reason on May 27.  Whilst you are welcome to take part in any of the events on offer, several Board members will be meeting to walk with the prams and walkers (the final wave) and you are very welcome to join them!

By joining our team you directly help the families that we support.  As a volunteer run organisation all fundraising monies are returned to the WA community through our extensive programs.  Setting up a fundraising page via Everyday Hero is a wonderful way to make a difference.  All registered fundraisers who raise in excess of $50 will receive a thank you pack containing a Tiny Sparks hat and drink bottle.

To join our team follow these instructions:

Visit their website https://www.hbfrun.com.au and click ENTER NOW.

Select I'M A PARTICIPANT and PART OF A TEAM.

Select CONTINUE.

Search for the team TINY SPARKS WA which has already been registered.

Complete all of the registration steps.

Pay the entry fee.

Click FINISH.

Hop over to Everyday Hero, link your fundraising page to our team page https://hbfrun2018.everydayhero.com/au/tiny-sparks-wa and start fundraising!

Most importantly make sure you ask your friends and family to join you on the day, or to make a donation to support your efforts.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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