What an incredible day we all had wearing green on the 5th April!! Hundreds of families, supporters, hospitals and businesses across the nation helped to turn Australia into a sea of green.
We saw cakes and cupcakes baked especially for the day, parents and hospitals hosting morning teas and raising awareness within their local papers. Wodonga’s Water Tower lit up green to highlight prematurity in their community, Muncha’s Cafe in Shelley Beach donated $1 for every customer who wore green on the day, gyms and boot camps encouraged their participants to wear green to their classes and our always important social media pages were running a very hot GREEN chat throughout the day.
Our annual day continues to be a wonderful success because of the amazing support from everyone in our community. Through social media alone, in the lead up to and on the day, we continue to reach millions of users with impressions of our content, statistics and parent stories. Thanks to all of the families who shared their story and took part in our #foot4prems campaign, our community for sharing our images, our updates and announcements on social media, replied to our images on the day and encouraged donations because together, we made a difference. Your support helped to educate the community of the fragility and hardship of giving birth too soon whilst celebrating, remembering and honouring the tiny lives of all babies born too soon.
Parents, families, hospitals and supporters proudly shared the journey of a baby close to their hearts in pictures, by once again posting their then and now pics. For families just starting their journey, this is a huge confirmation that blessings are many and that miracles really do happen.
This year was our 7th celebration and triplet girls, Asha, Jade and Sophie who were born at 30 weeks gestation were the infectious smiles behind our campaign. A huge thank you to the Temby family for allowing us to share their special little girls with the community this year. Their smiles lit up nurseries across the nation. Thank you also to Andrena from Love Tales Photography for donating her time and skills to provide us with the beautiful images of the girls for our 2017 campaign. Keep an eye out for our announcement towards the end of the year as we will be opening submissions once again to find the ‘smile’ behind our 2018 campaign.
Hospitals around the country were able to take part in the day through our green event bags. We extend our gratitude to the knitting, crocheting and sewing communities for sending over 1,500 green beanies to us throughout the year which was provided to 1,500 families with a baby currently in NICU/SCN. Also included in our event bags were tiny wristbands which were kindly donated by our supplier, This year our major sponsor of the event, HUGGIES also supplied over 100 packets of preemie nappies to the hospitals who won our community-based poll. Congratulations again to Wodonga SCN, Latrobe Regional Hospital SCN, Townsville Hospital NICU and Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne NICU for your wins. We’ll be in touch soon to make arrangements to deliver on your wishlists.
Thank you to those who fundraised online, donated funds from the sales of their products (including our sponsors), organised an event, sold cupcakes, sold wristbands, made an online donation or placed a coin in a donation tin, purchased our merchandise, shared their story with media publications and those who supported our event from afar.
This year we will be allocating $3,000 of the $7,553 we raised to go towards purchasing much-needed equipment for this year’s four chosen hospitals.
We again extend a call out for all your support. We can’t do what we do without your support both in our online community and through your fundraising efforts.
Our committee and volunteers have worked incredibly hard over the past six months to plan the day and whilst the event is now over for another year, we stand together incredibly proud and look forward to wearing green again in 2018.
Be sure to listen to our special thank you message from our President, Shannon Zimmerle below. The date of our event next year will be announced soon so be sure to get a pen ready so that you can add the date to your calendar.
If you still wish to support our Green for Premmies fundraising, you can make an online donation but be quick because our online fundraising page closes very soon.
~ LAPF Committee
Thank you once again to our Event Sponsors