Message from our Board Chair
“2021 has been one of change, but because of it, we have been able to continue providing support to some of the 46,000 babies who are born premature and sick in Australia.”
The most overused word over the past 12 months has to be ‘pivot’. But pivot we have. And this has been the key to our success for 2020/21.
We made it through a challenging year; as a not-for-profit learning to navigate a new COVID world and as a community mourning the loss of co-founder and CEO Shusannah Morris.
Karin Vosmansky kept the LLTF ‘plates spinning’ by stepping into the role of interim CEO whilst we searched for a permanent option. Karin is one of our co-founders, a board member and has generously shared her sharp financial nous and professional experience. Thank you to Karen Peters and Merryn Csinsci, who in addition to their roles, supported Karin and provided practical and emotional support to the team throughout this period.
We are now in the very capable hands of the new CEO, Felicia Welstead. Felicia is showing herself to be both financially savvy and people-centric and is in a great place to navigate the foundation through the pandemic and beyond. I look forward to seeing things take off from here.
Adriana Gomberg was welcomed to the role of National Partnerships Manager, taking over from Merryn Csincsi who made a huge impact on Life’s Little Treasures over the past five years. Adriana is doing a fantastic job introducing us to new partners, whilst still taking care of existing internal and external stakeholders, including our major partner Baby Bunting.
Seona Emanuelli joined the board. Her hands-on experience within the NICU wards will be a fantastic resource for us.
Overall, we’ve seen significant growth in the number of programs we offer, as well as their outputs and the increase in participants.
The 11th Walk for Prems was probably our biggest pivot yet – becoming a 100% online event for the first time in 2020 and raising more than $348,000. One of our longest partners, Baby Bunting, was instrumental to its success, galvanising its workforce to fundraise and get involved, despite restrictions. The total raised will allow us to carry on supporting families beyond 2020/2021.
A huge thank you to our partners who have helped make all this happen as they have continued to support us on so many levels with their passion for our work so apparent in everything they do for us. Thank you to Baby Bunting, Britax Safe-n-Sound, Medela, Earlybirds, Oricom, Lake Press, Web Intelligenz, as well as The Datt Family Foundation and the Gourlay Family Trust.
None of the above could be achieved without the tireless work of our 75+ quality volunteers and our team at head office. We are all so grateful for their time, commitment, expertise and passion.
Thank you to everyone who has been involved with Life’s Little Treasures Foundation, from fellow board members, management, volunteers, supporters and suppliers, to our families and friends who have been generous in their time and energy to support this cause.
Chriss Mannix, Chair
*Excerpt from Annual Report. Download available below.