“Walk For Prems” 2012 is a runaway success!

 

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Families came together from all over Australia to be part of the annual Fun Run / Walk “Walk for Prems” 2012.  A national event to bring families together in various states to celebrate Australia’s Little Treasures.

Parool Shah, Co-founder & President of the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation, says, “Walk for Prems” is a day when we can all come together nationally to celebrate our Little Aussie Battlers. It is a time to further raise awareness of an issue that currently affects over 25,000 babies in Australia every year and is the number one killer of newborns.  We are committed to providing support and assistance to these families accross Australia.”

The Foundation sends A BIG thanks to everyone who came and took part in Walk for Prems 2012.  What a day! It was so much bigger and better than we expected!  The most amazing visual was the sea of orange t-shirts around the different venues across Australia, demonstrating a wonderful community united for the day. We hope everyone who attended the walks had a great time!

Across Australia we had over 3,000 people participate. That is over 1,000 more than last year! Life’s Little Treasures’ Walk for Prems is growing every year. We are excited to see what 2013 brings.

The fundraising efforts were tremendous by everyone who did the walk, we were also so thrilled with all the various events that were held around the country on the day to fundraise by those that couldn’t attend official walks . We have broken our fundraising target of $150,000!  and are thrilled to announce that the final tally for the walk  is $174,000 an outstanding result.  To all of our fundraisers and their sponsors, thank you for your hard work. You have really helped to make a difference to families in need.

With the funds raised, Life’s Little Treasures will be able to reach more of the 45,000 families who have a baby in Neonatal Intensive Care and Special Care Nurseries. Alongside our current support services we will also be able to provide these families, free of charge, with our newly published hospital guide, “A Guiding Hand to NICU & Special Care”.  This invaluable resource will help them navigate the daunting journey in hospital with their babies. We are proud of this publication and with your participation in the 2012 Walk for Prems, it has made it possible for families in need to receive one.

The Life’s Little Treasures Board would like to sincerely thank all of the volunteers who helped to make the 2012 Walk for Prems possible. Without volunteer contributions, this day would not be the success it was.

There are many others that we would also like to thank.  We would  like to acknowledge and thank our corporate sponsors – Medela, Earlybirds, Kidspot, Living Textiles, Evans and Peck, PAMS and Michael Kouril Pty Ltd, without whom this day would not have been possible.

We would also like to thank all our ambassadors and supporters – Brooke Hanson, Clare Bowditch, Brodie Holland, Leigh and Stacey Harding for stepping out in support and helping to raise awareness.

A big thank you also to all the people and organisations who were involved in making this day happen.  A special mention to the following:

Kim at Toddler Tucker, Eventpower, Instant Shade Marquees, Sarah Hone, POWA productions, Pulse, Photographers Nicky, Shoshanna from  LaDeDa Photography and Natalie from Peachy Prints Photography,  Fit for Everything, City Haven Massage, Rent-a-twoway and Pink Fencing.  The amazing Rebecca from Petite Marguerite Greetings & Well Wishes who was chief creative designer fot the event.

Karin & Katrina

We can’t forget Kairn & Kartina the event managers extraordinaire who made it all possible and whithout who we couldn’t do what we do each year.

Finally but not least, thank you to each and everyone of you who came along on the day in each state to make it such a memorable event.  We look forward to our 2013 celebrations and seeing you all there again next year.

Warm Wishes

The Board of Directors and all the team at LLTF