On Wednesday 3rd April 2013, we celebrated our annual `Wear Green for Premmies` event and what successful day it was in raising awareness of all children born too soon. The event saw our dedicated patrons, hospitals, sponsors, families, friends, work colleagues, Facebook pages and strangers united in celebrating all our precious children. Amazing stories of survival and heartbreaking loss were shared by families with each journey bringing the community together.
This year, we reached an incredible amount of families on Facebook with stories and posters being shared and much awareness for our campaign was also supported by the media encouraging everyone to wear green. Many pages and websites shared our event and thousands of profile pictures were changed in support of the day. The kind team at ShoeSales.com.au generously spread the word and donated a pair of their beautiful green heels to one of our special premmie mums.
The support our day received was so widespread with hospitals around the country taking part by not only wearing green but also hosting celebrations of their own with yummy green cupcakes to share around their nurseries. The hospitals we know who celebrated the day included Monash Medical Centre, St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Blacktown Hospital, Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital and Royal Hobart Hospital. If you do know of a hospital who joined in the celebrations that we have not mentioned please let us know so we can thank them for their participation.
Each year our event raises awareness of premature birth and the struggles that each family is faced with when a baby is born too soon. The day also helps to raise funds to directly support our organisation which assists us in expanding our important and community focused support for thousands of families every year whilst also allowing us to generously give back to the community which we have done each year since our first celebration took place in 2011.
This year part of the proceeds from your fundraising efforts and the sale of our green wristbands has given us the chance to continue making a difference whilst providing financial assistance direct to our organisation.
The 2013 hospital recipient’s we are supporting as chosen by our members are; Ipswich Base Hospital (SCN) Monash Medical Centre (NICU), Ballarat Base Hospital (SCN) and the Royal Brisbane Woman’s Hospital (NICU). Through the generosity from each and every one of you, we are pleased to announce that we will be donating a total of $5,000 towards the purchase of equipment that will directly support these nurseries. We are currently sourcing items from the ‘wish lists’ that have been provided by each hospital and will keep you all updated once the items have been donated. Next year four new hospitals will be chosen so that over time, all public nurseries will be supported through our fundraising efforts.
On the day, an online Auction was held on Facebook with beautiful handmade items being donated by various businesses in support of the auction. It was a huge task to undertake with just under 100 items donated and we thank Sally, Vicki & Kyla from the Australia Handmade Sharing page who hosted the event, the businesses who contributed with items and the winning bidders for their truly amazing efforts. The Auction raised $2,827 with all the funds raised going towards our first print run of the Premmie Gift of Hope Journals, a joint project co-created with Yasminah’s Gift of Hope and launched in November 2011. Another auction was held by Shower the Baby Nappy Cakes & Gifts on the day with the item up for auction being a beautiful nappy cake which included our very own baby bodysuit & bib from our merchandise range.
So many wonderful events took place on the day with one mum, Trish taking the gutsy plunge and dying her long locks lime green all in the name of raising awareness. Her aim has been to maintain her hair green for an entire month after our event and in a few short days, she will be cutting short her long locks and starting anew. The day saw generosity shine throughout Australia with 35 online fundraising pages created, online auctions and offline fundraising efforts taking place encouraging family and friends to donate to our cause. We thank everyone who contributed and we hope that you are proud to know you have made a difference. The kind staff at Corney & Lind Lawyers joined in the celebrations with their entire office wearing green on the day. We appreciate their ongoing support in providing legal advice direct to our Foundation so that we can continue on the right path in supporting families.
Generosity for our celebration continued with super mum Karen from Sewing Mummy kindly donating over x 60 premmie gowns and the lovely ladies from the Blind Bight Knitting Group donating x 36 hand knitted green beanies. Each gown and beanie was created with much love and thought for the special babies who would be wearing them. Special packages of beanies and gowns were donated between the following hospitals; Bundaberg Hospital, Royal Darwin Hospital, Geelong Hospital, Coffs Harbour Base Hospital, Launceston General Hospital, King Edward Memorial, John Hunter Hospital, Angliss Hospital, Canberra Hospital and Royal Women’s Hospital in NSW. Julie from Sensory Matters also kindly donated 12 x hand sewn lime green wraps to our friends at St Vincent’s Private Hospital who are amazing supporters of our event each year.
This year saw the addition of new products to our merchandise range. The new items included our lime green adult & kid size t-shirts, baby bodysuits & bibs. It was fabulous seeing the sea of bright green everywhere we looked. The clothing range was designed with simplicity in mind whilst being able to wear our organisations logo with pride. With no event date anywhere to be seen, they can be worn anywhere anytime all year round. All our merchandise is available through our online shop.
Thank you to Little Tales Photography and Yuz Rozenblum (& family) for allowing us to include their precious images in all of our promotional posters and material for the event and KC Marketing for designing all our event banners. We will be searching for the next premmie to be featured in our 2014 campaign soon. Keep an eye out for details later in the year if you think your premmie would enjoy being apart of our campaign.
We would like to extend a warm thank you also to our kind sponsors Earlybirds, Your Cheeky Monkey, Bellabee Candles and Nashi Baby who each understand our vision and continue to support our organisation each year. We thank them for continiously joining in and celebrating our events. Mums Bubs & Gifts also continues to generously sell our lime green wristbands through their online store and do so all year round. Our Patrons Lucy, Luke, Susie & Carly play an integral role in promoting our charity and we are truly honored for their ongoing dedication and support. Also thank you to Aleesha & Emily for their support each day helping to run our Facebook pages.
A final thank you must go to our members and the LAPF committee for their truly amazing dedication to our organisation. Their incredible teamwork as volunteers ensured that every part of the event was attentioned with the highest of priority. They are an amazing team of mums who have each been through the rollercoaster journey and their passion in supporting premmie families. Together with our members, they are integral in the incredible success of the day.
Our next ‘Wear Green for Premmies’ celebration will be taking place on Wednesday 9th April 2014. Add the date into your calendar and we look forward to celebrating with you once again in 2014! If you wish to nominate a hospital as a recipient for 2014, you must be a member of our community forum, it is quick and free to register. Nominations will open in early 2014.
Below is a video from Earlybirds joining us in raising awareness on the day. You can also view the photos submitted to us of families celebrating our 2013 event.
We look forward to celebrating World Prematurity Day on the 17th November 2013 hosted by the National Premmie Foundation in Australia. Please visit their website for further details.