Monday, July 1st, 2013
Every year in Australia, thousands of babies are born prematurely. These families ride a rollercoaster of emotions as they watch their children fight to overcome the health and development issues facing them as a result of their early arrival. Many of these issues continue long after the babies are discharged from hospital.

L’il Aussie Prems Foundation is an online community providing support to families who have given birth prematurely. The Premmie Hero Volunteer Awards were first established in 2009 and this year, the charity are relaunching Australia’s only award to recognise and celebrate the dedication of individual volunteers within the premature birth community.

L’il Aussie Prems Foundation are seeking nominations from around Australia for “premmie heroes” – the ordinary yet extraordinary people who volunteer their time to support premmie families both during their hospital stay and afterwards.

The Foundation has been delighted to reward and publicise the achievements of six amazing individuals since the launch of the awards and look forward to rewarding further winners in 2013. In previous years, nominations have been received on behalf of selfless Australian’s who sew tiny clothing for very low birth weight babies, have set up local playgroups for prematurely born children, have organized fundraising and donated equipment to local NICU units or simply visited families in hospital and offered a supportive shoulder to lean on.

L’il Aussie Prems Foundation’s Vice President Ms Nicole Powell said “as a community of parents, we understand the journey and how hard the road can be. Kindness from the smallest of gestures can make a significant difference to a family; this is why the awards are so important because it happens every day throughout Australia.”

Nominations for this year’s Premmie Hero Volunteer Awards can be made via the L’il Aussie Prem Foundation’s website. Nominees do not need to have any premature children of their own. Nominations open on the 1st July 2013 and close on the 31st August 2013. Details of the winners will be announced in early October 2013.

For photo opportunities or for further information:

Nicole Powell, Vice President, L’il Aussie Prems Foundation
[email protected]

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L'il Aussie Prems Foundation

L'il Aussie Prems Foundation is a charity dedicated to providing support, friendship, inspiration and information through the largest online community and forum for families of premature babies and sick new borns in Australia.
Nicole Powell
P: 0412 378 793

Jenny Bradley

P: 1300 666 329


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