Melbourne families can get together this Sunday for Life’s Little Treasures Foundation’s Annual Walk for Prems and join forces with more than 1000 Australians to raise national awareness and support families.
The event will be MCd by FOX FM’s Matt Tilley, himself the father of a prem.
Life’s Little Treasures Foundation (LLTF) President, Parool Shah, says more than 100 babies are born prematurely each day in Australia, and around 45,000 each year are born premature or sick. Some prems weigh less than a bag of sugar. “Having a baby born premature or ill affects the whole family. Our aim is to raise awareness of the issue, support families by providing information and practical assistance and promote medical research in the area,” she says.
Ms Shah says the walk and fun run not only help raise national awareness of the issue but bring families together for a day of celebrations. “It’s comforting for families to talk to others, share experiences and know that they’re not alone.”
LLTF is the only Australian foundation providing extensive information and resources for families. LLTF works alongside hospitals and healthcare professionals, and last year it expanded its services and launched a new website which is Australia’s leading online resource dedicated to supporting families and professionals.
“Most of the work we do is about ensuring families have access to information and resources and helping them connect with others who know what they’re going through,”
says Ms Shah.
Funds raised from this year’s “Walk for Prems” will go towards Hospital Survival Packs, which provide essential information to help families through this difficult and often isolating journey.
What: Life’s Little Treasures Foundation “Walk for Prems”
When: Sunday 6th November 2011, from 9.30am – 1pm
Where: The Palms Lawn, Albert Park Lake, Melbourne
About Life’s Little Treasures foundation:
Life’s Little Treasures Foundation (LLTF) was established in 2005 by a group of mothers
of premature babies. Its focus is on improving the lives of premature and sick babies, by providing information and support to their families. Last year LLTF helped more than 1000 families with premature or sick babies though services in hospitals and in the community.
For more information, visit LLTF