Fathers day pack 2018EVERYWHERE!

For hundreds of families on Fathers Day (Sunday 2nd September), their memories were different to others – with their precious baby (or babies, in the case of multiples) in a neonatal unit.

With the great support of some wonderful people and organisations, we organised a ‘Pick-me-up’ package for each and every Dad with a baby in a neonatal unit to brighten their day. As well as the great items (see image and read more here) the packs also included:

  • a Father’s Day card plus our ‘Tips for Dad‘ support resource. The practical tips included in this resource came from Dads who had been on a neonatal journey. 
  • a book to read to their baby, along with a printed copy of our ‘Reading to your baby‘ support resource, with the Kangaroo Cuddles support resource on the back. Both practises are great for helping the health of your baby plus enhancing the parents bonding with their baby and feeling of involvement in their care. (Hard copies of these fliers printed with the proceeds of 2017 NZ Charity Golf Classic)
Our HUGE thanks to those who helped to make this happen.  Check out the details of all those who supported the Fathers Day ‘Pick-me-up’ packs on this page.
 
 
AUCKLAND
 
NICU Mums Morning Tea –  4th & 18th September 10.30am, Mums Kitchen
This is a morning tea for Mums who currently have a baby or babies in the NICU at Auckland hospital.  It’s a chance to meet those Mums you often pass in the corridor, plus one of Lactation Consultants comes along to answer any questions you may have about expressing or feeding. 
 
The Neonatal Trust Developmental Playgroup – 13th & 27th September 10am to 11.30am at the Parenting Place, Greenlane
This is a fantastic FREE service for babies who have been through a NICU or SCBU unit. It is appropriate for babies from when they go home from the unit, until they are cruising furniture. If your baby is well, you may come when you feel ready.  Janet Milne, who is an Occupational Therapist, is there to answer any questions you may have.  It’s a great opportunity to meet up with other families who have been through NICU/SCBU. 
 

WAIKATO

We’re seeking support from local businesses and organisations to host our brand new incubator donation box. If you think you can help, please email us regina.marais@neonataltrust.org.nz

 

TARANAKI

We would like to send a big thank you and farewell to our exiting treasurer Sarah. You will be missed by all and best of luck with the new bundle.

Thank you to all that attended and supported the movie night it was a great success and a fun night had by all. Stay tuned via our Facebook page for our next exciting fundraiser….hint family photos!

Family Fun Days

Family Fun days are regular days throughout the year held at different locations where neonatal friends and families can come together for a fun filled day. It is a great way to meet and catch up with other families, have a Whanau day out and to gain social support from other parents who have or are going through a similar experience. It is for any families that have spent time in a neonatal unit. It is a free event and the venue is always changing so it is key to follow our Facebook page and subscribe to our events.

 

WELLINGTON

Wednesday 5 September NICU Coffee Group
Our next coffee group is on Wednesday 5 September from 10.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. at the Southern Cross Cafe and Garden Bar, Abel Smith Street, Wellington CBD.  We invite all our NICU Graduate families to join Homecare and The Neonatal Trust staff for a catch up over morning tea.

Friday 21 September SCBU Coffee Group
The next SCBU Cofffee Group is on 10.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. at Benedicts Cafe, 141 Dowse Drive, Maungaraki. We hope lots of new SCBU families will join us for a coffee/muffin.

Thursday 1 November – Queen/Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Fundraiser

Venue:            Penthouse Cinema, Brooklyn, Wellington
Date:              Thursday 1 November 2018 – 8.15 p.m. 
Time:              8.15 p.m.
Ticket Price:   $22.00 (which includes your seat, treat bag and a lucky door prize)
 
Calling all Freddie Mercury/Queen fans – be one of the first to see the new Bohemian Rhapsody film with your family and friends all while supporting a fantastic cause – The Neonatal Trust Wellington.
Grab your friends and family and come and join The Neonatal Trust and NICU staff for a great night out. 

Tickets on sale now through the following link
https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/bohemian-rhapsody-movie-fundraiser-for-the-neonatal-trust/wellington
 
Pre-loved Clothing
A big thank you to all the families who have been dropping off pre-loved baby clothing for our “Fill a Bag” basket.  Our parents really enjoy going through the basket every day, in between care times, and we struggle to keep the basket full.

 
2018/19 Entertainment Books – Free Delivery and a BONUS $10 Countdown Gift Card for a limited time
For a limited time, everyone who purchases an Entertainment Membership through our Online Order Page, will receive a bonus $10 Countdown Gift Card.  In addition, FREE DELIVERY is also available until the end of August.
This is a great idea for an easy Father’s Day gift!  Just head to the following link to buy one:  
www.entbook.co.nz/1083k31
 

Thank You For Your Ongoing Support
Thank you so much to our wonderful NICU Graduate Families who continue to support the work we do for parents whose babies are currently in NICU. Your fundraising helps us provide our weekly lunches for parents, parent’s library, coffee groups, welcome packs, medical research funding and equipment for NICU such as kangaroo cuddle lazyboy chairs and breast pumps.

At present we have a family who have organised a fundraiser BBQ at Mitre 10 Petone on World Prematurity Day, another Father is running in the Dunedin Marathon and has set up an EveryDayHero page to raise funds and several families have a “Give a Little” page going for their baby’s 1st birthday with donations going to The Neonatal Trust in lieu of presents.

The Neonatal Trust Shop
The Neonatal Trust Shop is open to the public from Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. and sells lots of beautiful hand knitted 100% wool baby clothing and merino from prem sizes up to 2 years old and sells/rents out hospital grade breast pumps. Please encourage your friends/family/work mates to purchase items at our shop as our prices are very reasonable and the proceeds help us to provide the support we currently give.

 

CHRISTCHURCH

Want to have a great night out and support the neonatal journeys of Christchurch families?  We’ve got an event being planned for November. We’d love to hear from those people and organisations who may be able to help out with auction items and / or those who want to enjoy a great night out in late November! First step = get in touch on info@neonataltrust.org.nz 

Due to low attendance numbers The Neonatal Trust Canterbury Play/Music Group is not running at the moment.  However watch this space for something happening in the warmer months.  

 

DUNEDIN

Thank you to the team at Fresh Choice Roslyn who are kindly donating a basket of fresh fruit to the Dunedin NICU each week.  We’re incredibly grateful for all the support you provide us! 

We would love some support from local businesses and organisations to host our incubator donation box and smaller counter donation boxes.  If you want to be kept in touch with upcoming initiatives in Dunedin please let us know on dunedin@neonataltrust.org.nz