Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
Media Alert

Event: World Prematurity Day – Fundraising Event

When: Thursday 17 November, 2011 - 6pm start for 6:30pm commencement

Where: The Pier, 1 Bay Street, Port Melbourne, Victoria, 3207

Cost: $40 per person – all proceeds go to the National Premmie Foundation

Contact: Sean Simpson, 0406 117 669

As 'World Prematurity Day' on November 17 draws closer, Australian co-founding body, National Premmie Foundation is gearing up for a brand re-launch.

National Premmie Foundation is marking World Prematurity Day with a re-launch of their brand to help put the spotlight on a cause that affects over 45,000 babies who are admitted into neonatal intensive and special care units every year in Australia.

President of National Premmie Foundation Mr Sean Simpson said guests of the foundation’s re-launch will be catered to with dinner and drinks, guest speakers and entertainment.

“The night will kick off a series of heightened activities across the month and help to generate funds for the foundation,” he said.

Mr Simpson added a plea to consider the emotional, financial and physical stress that loved ones face with premature babies.

“It’s our aim to ensure parents, friends and family know they have resources and support available to them.

“1300 babies are admitted to hospital each year weighing less than 1000 grams – that’s smaller than a bag of sugar,” he said.

Organisers of this year’s World Prematurity Day hope to harness the power of social media to promote the awareness of high risk pregnancies and premature babies.

The Facebook event has global affiliations with foundations in the United States of America, Europe and Africa all committed to undertaking local activities to help support the desired outcomes for World Prematurity Day.

People can show their support for global prematurity prevention efforts by going to and joining the virtual campaign by changing their Facebook status to reflect a prematurity awareness message on November 17.

In addition to requesting Facebook support, the National Premmie Foundation is distributing gift bags to parents of premature babies in select hospitals.

The National Premmie Foundation partners with March of Dimes (USA), the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) and Africa-based LittleBigSouls International Foundation in the establishing of World Prematurity Day.

Contact Profile

National Premmie Foundation

A national organization involving Australia’s premature baby support groups, that unifies and acts as a guiding body for existing prem support groups, help to create new ones, help to improve the treatments and outcomes available for premature infants, and represent the interests of these infants and their families in terms of health policies, funding and standards of care.
Sean Simpson
P: 0406 117 669


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