Nationwide walk to seek awareness for babies born premature and sick

Families across the state will be out on the pavement in the Walk for Prems. Ararat's Emma Hobson will walking for the October 23 event. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY
Families across the state will be out on the pavement in the Walk for Prems. Ararat's Emma Hobson will walking for the October 23 event. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

ARARAT’S Emma Hobson is set to take part in Australia’s largest national event on Sunday, October 23 to raise awareness for babies born premature and sick.

Life’s Little Treasures Foundation’s Walk for Prems is in its seventh year and happens every October, bringing together those affected and those wanting to support the cause.

A parent of three children who were born prematurely, Ms Hobson told Life’s Little Treasures Foundation all three children were forced to spend time in hospital before going home, with her last child spending 57 days in care before it was deemed safe for her to be taken home.

Australian retailer of baby goods for more than 30 years, Baby Bunting will present this year’s walk and Life’s Little Treasures Foundation co-founder and chief executive officer Shusannah Morris said she was excited by their help.

“Life’s Little Treasures Foundation is proud of this exciting partnership and takes this opportunity to thank Baby Bunting for its support,” Ms Morris said. “Money raised from our annual Walk for Prems event ensures we can continue to provide support, education and understanding to families in need free of charge.

“It is through the generous support of the Australian community that Life’s Little Treasures Foundation can be there for these families as they face an emotional and uncertain journey.” 

The locations provide a beautiful setting where people not only do their part to support premature and sick babies by completing the walk but, also enjoy the free children's entertainment, relax with a picnic and socialise with other families.

The walk will be held from seven locations around Australia - Adelaide, Brisbane, Campbell Town in Tasmania, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Event promoter Darren Saffin said each year the event attracted more individuals and teams willing to participate and raise funds for Life's Little Treasures Foundation.

“It’s a beautiful setting where people not only do their part to support premature and sick babies by completing the walk but, also enjoy the free children's entertainment, relax with a picnic and socialise with other families,” Mr Saffin said.

Each year more than 48,000 babies are admitted into neonatal intensive and special care units in Australia.  

“Their parents and families need support during this emotional and uncertain journey they face,” Ms Morris said. 

“Every dollar raised counts. Just $10 means Life’s Little Treasures Foundation can provide one more family with a free copy of A Guiding Hand, information for any family who finds themselves in the unknown world of a neonatal intensive care unit.”

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