An amazing Miracle Month of May for 2019

MMOM Wrap-up 2019

What an amazing Miracle Month of May we’ve had this year! A huge thank you needs to go out to everyone who helped support the Miracle Babies Foundation throughout our Miracle Month of May campaign. From those who laced up their joggers to get active for our Move for Miracles initiative, to our generous matching donors who helped us smash the 24HR All Or Nothing event goal, and everyone else who aided us in ways small and large – we’re honoured to have your support.  

The launch of our Miracle Month of May campaign was a great way to thank our dedicated team of volunteers who truly help us make a difference to the lives of families with sick or premature babies right across Australia. Miracle Babies volunteers come from all walks of life, yet they share a common goal; a passion for improving the lives of premature and sick newborns, and their families. The office was abuzz with excitement, laughter and cake as we launched the Miracle Month of May with our team at Head Office.

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The 2019 Miracle Month of May Message

This Miracle Month of May we focused on important research that showed parents of preterm babies are more likely to suffer postnatal depression and anxiety. Parents of preterm and sick babies face many challenges and as a result are 2.5 times more likely to suffer postnatal depression. When babies are born prior to 30 weeks (very preterm), one in five parents will still be experiencing depression and anxiety six months after birth.

Mothers and fathers face different stressors following a preterm birth. And with less awareness and research into the challenges faced by fathers, they lack proper support or insight into their trauma. Subsequently, more than a third (36%) of fathers to very preterm babies experience high rates of depression, while one in two (47%) suffer from elevated anxiety levels.

Whilst parents are encouraged to spend time with their babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) or Special Care Nurseries (SCN), often accommodation is not available, resulting in parents having to leave the hospital without their baby each night. Research by Miracle Babies Foundation reveals that this separation from their baby causes 91 per cent of mums to experience anxiety or worry.

During the Miracle Month of May, the Miracle Babies Foundation called on Australians to help families challenged by prematurity or sickness, by hosting a Miracle event this May, becoming a regular giver or by donating.

From the launch of our campaign we were inundated with media coverage from all corners of Australia. Our founder Melinda Cruz and Miracle Mum, Rachel Taufer, were integral in helping raise awareness for the Miracle Babies cause when they appeared in a Channel TEN News First story with journalist Amanda Hart. Thank you, Rachel, for sharing your family story.

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Click HERE to view the video.

 

Move For Miracles

71 people/teams took up the challenge of our 'Move for Miracles' initiative and signed up to walk 48,000 steps (or 37km) during the month of May. Every step they took went towards supporting the 48,000 miracles born premature or sick every year. We are so proud to announce they raised almost $10,000 during the challenge. Their support is incredibly important, and all money raised goes directly to supporting our Miracle families through our vital NurtureProgram and resources.

 

24Hour Quadruple Your Donation Day

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A highlight of our Miracle Month of May events was the 24Hour Quadruple Your Donation Day. We were aiming to hit the big $100,000 mark and thanks to our Matching Donors Mounties, BabyLove, Tommee Tippee, WaterWipes, Sydney Flooring and all the other amazing donors, we reached our goal!

Thank you all for helping us to strive for 'better, healthier outcomes for families challenged by prematurity and sickness'.

 

McDonald’s Helping Hands

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Once again McDonald’s stores across South-West Sydney supported our Miracle Month of May with their annual Helping Hands fundraising campaign.

The Helping Hands campaign aims to raise funds for support services and resources for families in the Sydney South West and Bankstown regions and to assist Liverpool Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with much needed equipment. Helping Hands were available for a $2 donation and customers could write their name on their Helping Hand, which will be displayed in restaurant windows.

Thank you to the 35 participating McDonald's South-West Sydney stores who gave us an amazing Helping Hand, and for your continued support of local Miracle families.

 

Mother’s Day High Tea

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This Mother’s Day families in Western Australia dressed in their Sunday best to attend a special High Tea event supporting Miracle Babies Foundation at the Pagoda Resort and Spa in Como. Friends and relatives helped support the important work of our Foundation all while sipping on fine teas and nibbling delicate cakes and finger sandwiches.

 

Kangaroo-A-Thon

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International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day was held on May 15th and to celebrate we encouraged all Australian Neonatal Intensive Care Units and Special Care Units to get involved in our annual Kangaroo-a-thon. 41 NICUs or SCNs around Australia and overseas took up the challenge and actively promoted Kangaroo Care and logged as many hours of kangaroo holding (including modified holding) during a two-week period in May.

Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Toronto Canada found that a kangaroo-a-thon was a fantastic way to break down barriers, unite staff and families with a common goal and witness the transformation of parents, as they were encouraged to cuddle with their infant.

We’re still tallying the total hours from each hospital involved in order to crown the winner of this year’s Kangaroo-a-thon. However, it is amazing seeing kangaroo-care being utilised in hospitals around the world and providing brain developing, neuro-protective, attachment building, and immunity boosting good times. 

 

Boutique Bums Support

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Boutique Bums committed the entire month of May to raising much needed funds for our Foundation. The creator of Boutique Bums, Sarah, is a Miracle Mum to Ollie born at 27 weeks. Boutique Bums started when she found Ollie was allergic to disposables and needed a natural, more organic option.

Sarah decided that our Miracle Month of May was the perfect time to give back. Part proceeds of every sale made through Boutique Bums during the whole month of May went to Miracle Babies. Sarah also organised a raffle with some amazing prizes and a Miracle Month of May Morning Tea.

Sarah was amazed by the generosity of her community and raised an amazing $2200. These funds help the Foundation continue to provide much needed care, compassion and support for families during some of their most difficult and trying times.

 

A HUGE thank you to all who supported us during this year’s Miracle Month of May, our national awareness month. We are so proud of our Miracle Community for all your individual fundraising activities and generosity. Thank you all for helping us reach more families as we continue to strive for 'better, healthier outcomes for families challenged by prematurity and sickness'.

 

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