Nominee: Raising awareness brings a community together

Kyla has been nominated for our 2014 Premmie Hero Volunteer Awards.               

Premmie Hero Volunteer Award Nominee

Premmie Hero Volunteer Award Nominee

Kyla and her husband are both paramedics, but even with their careers both being in the medical field, nothing would prepare them for the NICU journey after the early arrival of their daughter, Airlie, who was born at 30 weeks gestation.

Her daughter was cared for at Tweed Heads Special Care Nursery from two weeks old and Kyla marveled at the tight-knit team of nurses and their compassion towards their tiny patients. Kyla soon learnt about the plight of the Special Care Nursery and their essential need for critical medical equipment. She quickly became a woman on a mission after Airlie was discharged from the nursery.

Over the past 12 months, Kyla has hosted numerous fundraising nights after she began rallying together asking for support from friends and families to donate to the nursery. The Tweed Hospital’s Special Care Nursery is the only nursery equip to care for premature babies in the area and they rely on support from the community to continue providing critical care to their smallest of patients.

Kyla recently hosted what she hopes will become an annual fundraiser for the Special Care Nursery at the Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club. The event not only raised an incredible $8,000 for the nursery, but it brought friends, family, carers and the entire community together for a special cause. The funds raised from the event are going directly to the care of premmie babies in the Tweed Hospital.

Kyla has been featured on NBN News, in The Daily News and in various free community papers to build awareness for premature babies in the region. In addition to being mum to Airlie and raising awareness of the plight of premature babies in the region, Kyla is also a paramedic, a passionate spokesperson for Queensland Ambulance Services, a loving wife, mum to Airlie and a beautiful 9 year old boy and is currently 23 weeks pregnant. She supports other families in the region and is often seen at the Special Care Nursery dropping off comforts and small gifts around Mother’s day and Christmas. She is always available to offer advice or a friendly smile to parents with babies in the Nursery.

Thanks to the commitment, passion and determination of Kyla in volunteering her time, her fundraising efforts have been a great success and babies born prematurely at the Tweed Hospital can be assured to receive the critical care they need without being transferred to Brisbane or the Gold Coast for treatment. She is a hero to not only the Tweed nurses but to the entire Tweed community for her dedication to making a difference.

Nominations for our 2014 Premmie Hero Volunteer Awards have now closed.