18 Oct Stride for Tiny Lives: Running for Premature Babies
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Running for Premature Babies was established in 2007 by Sophie Smith after she and her late husband Ash lost their first born triplet sons, Henry, Jasper and Evan following an extremely premature birth at 24 weeks. In Australia, 1 in 10 babies are born prematurely, which equates to 26,000 babies every year. Many of these babies require Neonatal Intensive Care, which is one of the most expensive parts of health care. Caring for a premature baby can cost anywhere between $3,500 and $10,000 per day.
For Kate Yates, this fundraiser is something that she holds close to her heart.
“After having my own children, Noah and Charlee I have witnessed firsthand the amazing equipment that helped by daughter hit her milestones when she was born at 28+6 weeks whilst weighing in at a tiny nine hundred and thirty two grams!” shared Kate.
“The Premmie Marathon Challenge fundraiser in November is deeply meaningful to me. Last year, in honour of Charlee, I walked 200km throughout November and raised $12,800. This coming month, I am once again embarking on a 200km walk, and I’m also organising a Ladies Day event to raise funds in honour of both of my children,”
“My goal is to raise $30,000 through this event and the donations from my walk. I sincerely hope we can rally as many people as possible to join this initiative, as it’s a cause that deserves widespread support and awareness.” explained Kate.
The campaign ‘Running for Premature Babies’ stands as a beacon of hope and determination in the face of adversity. With your support and involvement, we can make a significant impact on the lives of premature infants and their families, ensuring that they receive the care and resources they need to thrive. Together we can forge a brighter future for these tiny fighters.
If you would like to contribute to this beautiful cause, you can do so by clicking the following link https://www.runningforprematurebabies.com/donate