This March, Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense classes across Australia will be running special Superhero Senseathon classes, raising funds to support the vital work of our Australian partner charity, the Miracle Babies Foundation.
132 babies are born each day requiring specialised care, and Miracle Babies need our help to help support these little miracles and their families.
Calling all Superheros!
The Sun has been stolen by the evil Saby Bensory and a team of intrepid Superhero babies and toddlers are needed to save the day!
Their mission will be to use all of their senses to complete a series of special Baby Sensory or Toddler Sense Superhero tasks at the special Senseathon sessions, while also supporting other babies by raising vital funds to support the work of Miracle Babies in Australia.
The Superhero themed ‘Senseathon’ will be a wonderful and fun event and all participants (babies, toddlers and even parents!) are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite Superhero.
The event will help babies born premature or sick and their families, by raising vital funds for the Miracle Babies Foundation, whose work aims to support the 48,000 families impacted each year.
More than 150 Superhero Senseathon classes will run across Australia and New Zealand during the month of March with more than 4,500 families expected to participate.
Families can find out more about how they can get involved in their closest Superhero Senseathon event by contacting their local Baby Sensory or Toddler Sense class leader.
Who are the Miracle Babies Foundation?
Every year in Australia around 48,000 newborn babies require the help of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN). 27,000 of these babies are born premature and up to 1,000 babies lose their fight for life.
For families, the experience of having a baby come into the world not as expected or planned is life changing. Without support, this overwhelming and traumatic experience can have lifelong effects on the emotional wellbeing of these miracle families. It affects the entire family unit.
Having a baby is usually a beautiful family celebration, but when things don’t go to plan and a baby is fighting for life, the experience can be terrifying, overwhelming and impact the whole family.
“It is the most unimaginable pain in the world” – Mum, Rebecca
Since 2005, Miracle Babies Foundation has been passionate in developing and providing vital programs and resources to support and enhance a family’s experience from a threatened pregnancy, hospital journey with a premature or sick newborn, the transition to home and beyond.
Research shows that parents who have experienced the birth of a baby born premature are 2.5 times more likely to develop post-natal depression or anxiety. It has been proven that access to the right support services can reduce this.
To find out more about the Miracle Babies Foundation and their work visit their website www.miraclebabies.org.au.
How can you raise funds for the Miracle Babies Foundation
Class leaders, participants and friends and family can fundraise and make a donation via the dedicated event website: https://babysensorysenseathon.raisely.com
- Sign Up and set up your baby or toddler’s personal fundraising page
- Share it with friends and family, ask them to sponsor your child and donate to the cause
OR, simply make a donation via the page.
Donations can be made via the website any time from now until the 30th April.
Families can also make a cash donation in person at the ‘Senseathon’ classes during March.
Where will the money go?
All money raised will go directly to the Miracle Babies Foundation to be used toward supporting families who have a premature or sick newborn through the Miracle Babies NurtureProgram. The program is globally recognised within the Neonatal Field and consists of;
- NurtureLine: A national 24-hour family support line.
- NurtureTime: In-hospital parent to parent support, facilitated by Miracle Babies Support Team Members who have also had a NICU experience themselves.
- NurtureGroup: Out-of-hospital play and support groups for families to connect with others who have been through a similar experience.
It costs $67 to provide full support to one family and with your help just think of the number of families we can support with our Superhero Senseathon event and how we can help to make a big difference to the lives of more miracles and their families this year.
Thank you to Snap Printing Mandurah for their kind support of our Superhero Senseathon event.