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World Prematurity Day 2022

Globally, 15 million babies are born premature each year. Prematurity does not discriminate – it affects parents of all ages, cultures, backgrounds, sexual orientations and economic circumstances. For the families of these babies, it can be a very challenging and often life-changing journey that can have a long lasting impact.

On 17 November, 2022 – World Prematurity Day, Life’s Little Treasures Foundation (LLTF) will be part of the global movement to help raise awareness for preterm birth. And while this day is about informing and educating the wider community, it is also about celebrating the little treasures within our own community who have graduated from neonatal units to eventually go home with their families, and honouring those babies born too early to survive.

Ultimately, this day is about community – about coming together in solidarity to educate, celebrate and honour the 26,000 babies born preterm in Australia each year.

Activities Planned

This year, LLTF has various activities planned to celebrate World Prematurity Day within our community. These include:

World Prematurity Day lapel pins and information postcards sent to 250 politicians to start the conversation for more support for families impacted by prematurity

hosting NICU Connections morning teas at The Mercy Hospital, The Royal Women’s Hospital, and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital to support those families currently in the NICU and Special Care Nursery

2,300 gifts sent to families with premature babies currently in hospital to help mark the occasion

chocolates and tea gift packs and lapel pins sent to health care professionals in hospitals Australia-wide as a thank you for the tireless work they do in caring for our little treasures

collaborating with other key organisations in a ‘Light It Up Purple’ campaign that encourages buildings and landmarks to light up purple to raise awareness within the broader community

hosting a luncheon to bring families, partners, volunteers and other members of our community together to share varying perspectives on prematurity

encouraging schools to host a ‘Wear Purple for Prems’ day to raise awareness and funds for families of premature babies

World Prematurity Day. A day of change.

Whether you are a parent organisation, hospital, non-profit organisation, healthcare professional, society, company, politician, media or an individual, we warmly invite you all to join us as together we celebrate this day through activities and events to help raise awareness and influence change.

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