Media Release: Premmie Hero Volunteer Awards 2015


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUSTRALIAN CHARITY IS SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR EVERYDAY PREMMIE HEROES

PHA 2015

The ‘Premmie Hero Volunteer Awards’ are the first and only award of its kind within Australia, to recognise and celebrate the dedication of individual volunteers within the premature birth community.

L’il Aussie Prems Foundation is an Australian charity and has been providing support to families who have given birth prematurely for over eight years through their online community and family focused programs. Every year in Australia, over 26,000 babies are born prematurely and families are faced with a roller-coaster of emotions as they watch their children fight to overcome health and development issues, as a result of their baby’s early arrival.  Many of these issues continue long after the babies are discharged from hospital and ongoing support is vital for parents.

L’il Aussie Prems Foundation are seeking nominations from around Australia for “premmie heroes” – the ordinary yet extraordinary people who volunteer their time to support families both during their hospital stay and afterwards. The Foundation has been delighted to reward and publicise the achievements of twelve amazing individuals since the launch of the awards in 2009 and look forward to rewarding further winners in celebration of their fifth volunteer award.

In previous years, nominations have been received on behalf of selfless Australian’s who volunteer by sewing tiny clothing for very low birth weight babies, set up local playgroups or charities that support the families of prematurely born children, arranged major fundraising events, donated equipment to local NICU/SCN units, fundraised for research into prematurity, provided families in hospital with gift packs on special occasions or simply visit families in hospital and offer a supportive shoulder to lean on.

L’il Aussie Prems Foundation’s Community Liaison, Ms Angelique McIntosh said “As a community of parents, we understand the vulnerability of having a baby born too soon and how hard the road can be whilst your baby is receiving care in hospital or within the community. Kindness from the smallest of gestures can make a significant difference to a family; this is why the awards are so important because this happens every day within the Australian community.”

Nominations for the 2015 Premmie Hero Volunteer Awards can be made through the L’il Aussie Prems Foundation’s website. Nominees do not need to have any premature children of their own. Nominations for this year’s awards open on the 1st July 2015 and close on the 31st August 2015. Details of the winners will be announced in October 2015.

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For photo and interview opportunities with nominees in your local area please contact:

Angelique McIntosh (Community Liaison) | Julia Toivonen (President)
www.lilaussieprems.com.au/premmie-hero-volunteer-awards
angelique@lilaussieprems.com.au | julia@lilaussieprems.com.au