Fun Run Season - Get Involved!

Fun run season is upon us! The runs are a great excuse to get out, meet up with friends, get fit, and fundraise for a cause. Tiny Sparks WA is registered for three upcoming events, HBF Run for a Reason, City2Swan, and City to Surf (all locations).

To register for the events please click on the links to each run above. As part of the registration process, you will be asked if you wish to enter as an individual or a team. We'd love for you to enter our team "Team for Tiny Sparks WA".  No password is required and anyone can join our team. You can then setup a fundraising page, join our fundraising team and work together with the rest of the participants to support our community.

The first event is the HBF Run for a Reason on the 25th May 2014. Our goal is to raise $1,000.  Funds raised from this event will pay for printing and postage of 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 will establish similar specific fundraising targets for the other fun runs as they get closer. Please note, at this stage we are still working with our tax lawyers to attain our Deductible Gift Recipient status with the Australian Tax Office, so at this point in time, donations will not be tax deductible to the donor.

To follow our fundraising pages for each event please click on the below links:

We look forward to you joining us as we launch our first fun run season!


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Family Photo Evening

Many thanks to the five families who supported our very first fundraiser, the Family Photo Evening.  Here is a selection of the images captured by Amber Bates Photography.

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We were so pleased with the format of this event we will be sure to run it again later in the year.  The feedback we have received has been fabulous.


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Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Grab your tongs and apron, we are having a sausage sizzle!!

We are calling for volunteers to assist us in running a Bunnings Sausage Sizzle.

When : 10th May 2014

Where : Bunnings Claremont, 13 Leura Ave, Claremont

Time : 2 hour shifts between 8am and 4.30pm

What's involved?

Volunteers will be cooking and selling sausage sizzles and drinks outside Bunnings.

No experience is required!  Please let us know if you'd prefer a morning or afternoon shift and if you would like to do more than one shift.  We will do our best to accommodate the roster.  Please fill out a volunteer application form or get in touch with us directly by emailing admin@tinysparkswa.org.au for more information.


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This is part 1 of a 3 part series.

Early in 2010 my husband Russell, our 3 children and I moved to Australind.  Not long after our move we found out were were expecting baby number 4.  The next few months were smooth sailing pregnancy wise until...

On the morning of September 27 2010 I was lying in bed, awake, feeling baby kicking.  I commented to Russell that baby was kicking a lot and took his hand to feel my tummy.  Right at that moment I felt a warm trickle and jumped out of bed for the toilet.  By the time I sat down my pyjama bottoms were soaked and I said to Russell that I thought my waters had broken.  We were both in disbelief.  I was only 24 weeks pregnant!

I called the hospital and threw a few things in a bag whilst Russell got the kids some breakfast, then I drove myself to hospital.  I'd actually never been to the hospital before and needed a couple of goes to find it.  When I finally arrived I got out of the car and there was a big gush, and at that moment I knew for sure that my waters had really broken.  I think I had been in denial up until that point!  I made my way into the hospital and found the maternity ward.  I spoke with a lovely midwife who was most helpful and got me settled before the Dr arrived.  They both made it clear that I had to be transported to Perth, to King Edward ASAP and they had already put in a call to the Royal Flying Doctor Service to airlift me.  They did not have adequate facilities for a 25 week baby at St John of God Bunbury or Bunbury Regional Hospital and given my 1 hour 15 min labour with my third baby there was some panic that things might progress rapidly.

I managed to phone Russell and through the tears let him know the situation and asked him to call my Mum in the city and make arrangements to head to Perth with the children.  Meanwhile I swallowed meds to stop contractions, was swabbed for Strep B which I had with 2 previous pregnancies, had blood taken and had an injection of steroids to help babies lungs produce surfactant.

A few hours later I was transported via ambulance from the hospital to the airstrip, then flown to Perth and again transported by ambulance from Jandakot airstrip to King Edward.  I was assessed and admitted on arrival, more blood was taken along with another swab and I was advised I was now on strict bedrest.  That night I hardly slept a wink.

The next morning I was taken off for an ultrasound to check on baby and make sure he was OK.  Thankfully he was OK, but the scan showed there was no amniotic fluid left and that baby was a footling breech.  Later than morning the team of Dr's assigned to me attended and advised that as baby was a footling breech I would need to have a cesarean when the time came if he remained in that position.  Further they advised as baby was only 25 weeks it would need to be a classical cesarean as there wouldn't be enough room otherwise.  I signed the consent required and asked what the averages were like for women in my position.  How long did they normally last before the baby was born?  I was told the reality is generally they last not longer than 1 week.  I received another injection of steroids to help babies lungs.

The following day, we are now at Wednesday 29 September Russell and I decided that if we made it to the following Tuesday for another wellness scan on baby we would find out if we were having a boy or a girl.  We also decided that if baby arrived in the meantime we selected the unisex name Adison.  Just as well we had that discussion!!  At 3.45am the following morning I got up to go to the bathroom.  When I got back into bed I felt a very strange sensation, like there was something there that shouldn't be, then it started flapping about!  I pressed the call bell as I was concerned and waited for a midwife.  While I was waiting the flapping got worse and I grew more concerned.  I hit the emergency bell and immediately half a dozen midwives flew into the room.  I explained that I could feel what I thought by this time must be a foot flapping about where it shouldn't be.  They called a 'Code Blue' and whisked me out of my room and down to theatre in the blink of an eye.  When we got to theatre they checked and sure enough there was a little foot prolapsed.

They had just enough time to give me a spinal block which meant I was awake for the operation and Adison was born via classical c-section at 4.04am.  He weighed 865g was 34cm long and a head circumference of 23cm.  I was able to give him a quick kiss on the forehead as he was taken to the NICU for attention.  His Apgar scores were 6 and 8 so he was going ok, but going to need lots of help.  Unfortunately Russell missed his birth and arrived at the hospital as the nurse handed me the phone to tell him our baby was a boy.

Meeting Adison for the very first time.

Meeting Adison for the very first time.

The balance of the day was a complete blur.  When they removed the spinal block I received a loading dose of morphine which had me fuzzy and asleep until 4pm.  At that time I started expressing for my little man and when Russell came back to the hospital that evening I visited the NICU and was able to see him properly for the very first time.

This is only the beginning of our story.


If you would like to share your story with our community please visit our personal experiences page, complete the form and we will be in touch.


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In Western Australia in 2011 - 2,757 babies were born preterm and a total of 3,141 babies were admitted to NICU or SCN.  That is 9.8% of all births!

We want to see these statistics change!  Help us to raise awareness by sharing with your friends.

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