A new charity initiative ‘Points for Purpose’ is helping make life easier for families of premature babies, such as three-month old Tiare O’Sullivan-Heemi.
Born 14 weeks early on July 21 and weighing just 985 grams, Tiare was just bigger than her mother’s hand. Mum Brittany Hepi said the days after Tiare’s birth were mixed with happiness and anxiety after her baby was whisked away to an incubator.
Hepi was hugely appreciative of Points for Purpose and said it helped charities like The Neonatal Trust make life a little bit easier for families.
“They are amazing. It’s a really hard and emotional time. They know what you are going through and know what help and support you need.” She had travelled from her home in Upper Hutt into Wellington and later to the Hutt neonatal unit every day to be with Tiare and found the process exhausting.
On November 1, mother and daughter received a brand new wool baby blanket and in doing so became the first family to benefit from the trust’s new partnership with the Points for Purpose initiative.
The scheme supplies charities with useful goods for those who need them the most. Goods are paid for using Fly Buys points donated by other Kiwis.
It was a clever way of allowing people who were short of cash or with surplus points to help those in need.
To learn more, you can read the full story on Stuff.co.nz here.
The Neonatal Trust is privileged to be part of Points for Purpose – a new initiative where Kiwis can turn their Fly Buys points into support for others.
Through using your Fly Buys points, you can support neonatal families with great items such as:
- Swanndri 100% Pure Wool Infant cot blanket
- Fairydown Baby Mattress Protector
- Merino Kids Blanket, Bootie & Hat Set
- Sheridan Zandah Cotton Canvas Nappy Bag
- Nature Baby 100% Organic Cotton Sleeping Bag
- Fairydown 2 in 1 All Seasons Wool Cot Duvet
These items will help keep neonatal babies warm and also provide a pick-me-up for families who are going through the stress and anxiety of a neonatal journey. This is another example of The Neonatal Trust helping to support neonatal families. To see others, you can view a gallery of other examples of our meaningful and practical support.
How does it work?
It’s as simple as 1 – 2 – 3
- Choose from the selected items available that can be redeemed with your Fly Buys points to support neonatal families
- Select the item(s) you’d like to donate to a neonatal family and follow the usual Fly Buys process
- The Neonatal Trust will be sent the item(s) to be passed on to families in need
More about Points for Purpose
Points for Purpose was first launched in Australia to support homeless people with quality, warm sleeping bags. It’s now in New Zealand! The Neonatal Trust is privileged to be 1 of the 5 charities, in four cause areas, being supported at launch.
Learn more, including an overview video to watch, here: pointsforpurpose.org.nz