Give Miracle Babies a Helping Hand

Local residents of Sydney South West and Bankstown are being encouraged to come down to their local McDonald’s restaurant and support the Miracle Babies Foundation by purchasing a McDonald’s ‘Helping Hand’ for two weeks, from Wednesday 30 May till 12 June, 2018.

The Miracle Babies Foundation supports premature and sick newborns cared for by in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nursery, providing emotional and practical support during a very difficult time. Every year across Australia, around 48,000 newborn babies require the help of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or the Special Care Nursery (SCN), with 27,000 of these babies being born prematurely and sadly 1,000 babies losing their fight for life.

McDonald’s has been a proud supporter of Miracle Babies Foundation since 2007. With the support of the Sydney South West community, they have helped raise funds to provide much needed equipment and vital parent support services in the Sydney South West including in hospital support and resources at Liverpool Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and specialised playgroups for families after discharge.

The Helping Hands campaign aims to raise funds for support services and resources to families in the Sydney South West and Bankstown regions and assist Liverpool Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with much needed equipment. This year the hospital is in need of a KanMed Bed.

“The Kan Med bed enables efficient temperature management of growing premature babies while at the same time enabling easy access for families to their babies. These beds help to promote good Developmental Care principles. These beds assist with the transition of very small or very ill babies to more normal levels of care and therefore assist in parent confidence in transitioning to home” Dr Stack, Head of Liverpool Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit said.

“For many parents, having their child come into the world not as expected or planned can instantly change everything. With the support, education and empowerment for families through Miracle Babies Foundation programs and resources, this overwhelming experience can hopefully become a little bit more manageable for both parents and siblings of premature and sick newborns,” said Melinda Cruz, Founder of Miracle Babies Foundation.

Allan Spinks, McDonald’s Liverpool, Villawood and Cartwright Licensee is calling on local residents to dig deep to help families in need of Miracle Babies’ support. “Helping Hands is an easy way for the community to assist Miracle Babies Foundation in providing support to families who have been affected with the birth of a premature or ill baby.” said Allan.
“We are incredibly proud to be supporting Miracle Babies Foundation again this year and encourage anyone visiting the restaurants to purchase a Helping Hand to raise funds for our local families at such a vulnerable time.” concluded Allan.

Helping Hands are available for a $2 donation at any of the 35 restaurants in the Sydney South West and Bankstown region. Customers can write their name on their Helping Hand, which will be displayed in restaurant windows.

Pictured below: McDonald's South-West Sydney Licencees, Liverpool Hospital NICU medical representatives at last year's equipment presentation.
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Kylie Pussell

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