THANK YOU NEW WORLD ROTOTUNA AND NEW WORLD TE RAPA!
It is always a pleasure to meet new, enthusiastic people who care about their communities, so it was lovely to get to know some of the staff at New World Rototuna and New World Te Rapa as they hosted our incubator donation box in June.
A huge thank you to all of the New World customers and staff, across both stores, who donated money to help The Neonatal Trust support some of the most vulnerable members of our communities, and their families! With this financial support we are able to practically help families in neonatal intensive care units across New Zelaand, and contribute to ongoing research into prematurity.
As we all know, having a sick and/or premature baby is a frightening experience, often leaving parents and whanau feeling out of touch and disconnected from their communities. We appreciate the time and effort put in to help us to help those going through a neonatal journey and make a difficult start to life that little bit easier.
We are always on the look out for new businesses to host our incubator donation and information box, so If you know of, or own a business, café or shop, that would be able to help, please get in touch, we would love to work with you!
With about 5,000 premature Kiwi babies born every year, and many more born full term but too unwell to go home immediately, the chances are 1 in 10 of your staff and customers have had a NICU journey!
Those that help with hosting an incubator donation box help us to provide more of this support.
THE JOURNEY FROM INCUBATOR TO DONATION BOX
After two incubators from the Wellington Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) came to the end of service, an idea was hatched to produce unique donation boxes to raise funds for supporting families on a neonatal journey.
Thanks to Bryan Stinson at Graley Plastics in Petone and the team the incubator conversion included:
• Cutting a hole in the top of the incubators for money to go through
• Securing the incubators, as they have doors in the sides of the incubator (used for Doctors, nurses and parents to have access to the baby inside)
• Creating and then securing a panel that hangs from the ceiling of the incubator. This panel is made from blue Perspex and also has holes cut in it to allow items to hang from it
The size and very visual nature of an incubator donation box helps to raise awareness of the incidence of prematurity and also the number of full-term babies who experience health issues and/or complications at birth.