These events have been created to raise money for the NICU Foundation. Without the foundation and the support it gives the hospital and families, having a pre-term baby would be an even scarier time.

Each year, the Neonatal Unit at Canberra Hospital takes in 500 babies from the southern New South Wales region who begin their lives with a fight. Over 100 will require assisted ventilation with equipment not available elsewhere. Many are pre-term; many have complications and spend longer periods of time in intensive care.”

100% of the proceeds from each event will be donated to the NICU Foundation. This charity holds a special place in Anisa’s heart, having had her own daughter have an extended stay in NICU.

Left: Remy only moments old. Right: Anisa holding her daughter for the first time after 5 days. 

Left: Remy only moments old. Right: Anisa holding her daughter for the first time after 5 days. 

“Although it was a rough start, the beautiful nurses and doctors at NICU and TCH Canberra hospital made all the difference.” says Anisa. 

The foundation is a local charity that raises money for medical equipment, research and Nurse education to help give the ACT and Southern NSW’s critically ill newborn babies, the best chance to lead healthy, normal lives. In addition to this, the foundation provides comforting equipment for parents and families including additional breast pumps, entertainment equipment where families can watch television in a relaxed environment and all the furniture to enable a parent’s overnight stay. These are all the simple things that can make such a difficult time a little bit easier.

Although the Government provides some staff and equipment, further funding is always needed. The foundation is 100% voluntarily staffed and 100% of the funds raised go directly into the care of neo-natal babies.   

The foundation has provided funding for nursing staff, education and research. Nurses have been sent to various locations for training and the foundation purchased a computer projection unit, which provides much more training exposure. The Foundation has partly funded nursing degrees and provided interest free loans for nurses in training.

Medical treatment for these critically ill babies needs to be efficient and up to date and in eight years, the foundation has made some amazing achievements without Government funding. They have raised around $1,000,000 in cash and equipment or support. The majority of this has been spent on medical equipment such as incubators and a cerebral function monitor (EEG). Previously, babies had to have their heel painfully pricked to measure for jaundice; the foundation bought a non-invasive machine so it doesn’t hurt.

To ensure the donation goes as far as possible, the proceeds from all four events in the 2016-17 schedule will go towards one charity, the first one being the NICU Foundation

Each year a new charity will be selected, and where possible, charities doing work in the local region are preferred. 100% of the proceeds from each event will be donated to the disclosed charity.