L’il Aussie Prems Foundation provides support and services to families of premature and sick newborns online and in the community, raises awareness of premature birth, donates equipment to Australian NICU/SCN’s and awards selfless volunteers who make a difference each year.
We are a registered charity solely run by volunteers and host Australia’s largest online community forum. For many years, our website and forum have helped to connect parents together who have travelled a similar path whilst encouraging families to share their personal and unique journey through our website. No matter where families are located geographically, our website and support services are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Foundation’s website was initially established in 2007 by Julia Toivonen, who gave birth to her first son at 27 weeks gestation. The forum and website continue to offer a lifeline to families. In October 2012, with the goal of expanding the online support provided to families, L’il Aussie Prems Foundation became a registered charity.
L’il Aussie Prems Foundation is a member group of the National Premmie Foundation and continues to work in collaboration with other premmie support groups in Australia.
To provide ongoing emotional and practical support to families who have a child that spent time in a hospital NICU/SCN unit
Provide an informative website and monthly e-newsletter
To provide a safe and supportive online community for families to seek comfort and support when sharing their child’s milestones and achievements whilst in hospital and beyond
To provide a comprehensive list of support groups, premmie playgroups and other informational services that will assist in supporting families
To coordinate the “Wear Green for Premmies Day” campaign held annually in April each year to raise awareness and celebrate all children born too soon
To coordinate the “Premmie Hero Awards” campaign held annually to raise the profile of volunteers within the premature birth community
To promote and encourage families to partake in research which will hopefully one day result in a reduction in the number of premature babies and improve their long-term health and survival rates
Raising funds to support L’il Aussie Prems Foundation to meet and expand its aims and objectives
To coordinate and provide support to parents through our Premmie Playgroup held each month in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne
To endeavour to expand our support services and continue to raise awareness of premature birth and the on-going issues that it can create
Provide financial assistance directly to families within Australia
Donate vital equipment to nurseries around Australia to better equip the hospitals, the families spending time in a NICU/SCN and the community
Development of new online projects on our website and in hospitals
To provide meal vouchers to financially struggling families with a baby currently in NICU/SCN Australia-wide
Provide knitting garments from donors and distribute to hospitals Australia-wide
To celebrate World Prematurity Day on the 17th November each year
We need the support of the premmie community to enable our charity to continue our important work, to expand the services that we currently provide to families and within the community.