Our annual ‘Wear Green for Premmies’ campaign is a day where thousands of people wear green to show their support of the 25,000 babies born prematurely in Australia each year. Part of the proceeds from last year’s event were used to purchase and donate equipment to 2 Special Care Nurseries and 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Units.
At the end of May, Our Foundation kindly donated 2 Portable DVD players and DVD movies to Mater’s NCCU with our committee member, Nicole Smeelie and her daughter Gracie both attending the hospital for the presentation. This donation will help assist parents and families who visit their baby in NCCU with siblings and enable the staff to use the portable DVD players for training purposes when required.
This year, the Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU) at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals in Queensland is one of the four hospitals chosen as recipients of our annual donations. We have received ‘wish lists’ from each of the four nurseries to help assist our Foundation in purchasing equipment relevant to the needs of each hospital.
Our Foundation will be donating up to $7,000 towards the purchase of equipment between the four nurseries from these incredible fundraising efforts in April 2014. We are currently liasing with the Royal Women’s Hospital (VIC), Dandenong Hospital (VIC) and Royal Darwin Hospital (NT) to finalise our donations direct to their nurseries.
These donations of course would not have been possible without the incredible efforts of those families, friends, hospitals, businesses and supporters who fundraised in support of our event. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your amazing efforts to support not only our Foundation, but the hospitals that provide the amazing care for our precious children born too soon.
We will provide further updates of our donations to the other 2014 recipients soon.