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)
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 email@example.com
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.
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
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)
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com