It’s close to a year since our last fundraiser, a sausage sizzle at Bunnings, so a great opportunity to share an exciting update on the Lilyroo Fund. But first…
Lily’s little big sister, Phoebe, is now an independent, free spirited three year old. Her birthday was in June and we made her a Nemo cake.
To date the Lilyroo Fund has raised $220,396.84 and we’ve spent $99,000 on new equipment. Last time I posted I mentioned we met with Carl and Jan Chisholm, the CEO of the Women’s Foundation, to plan the future of the Lilyroo Fund.
Well, we’re delighted to announce that these plans have to come to fruition and we are contributing $100,000 of the funds raised towards the refurbishment of the Women’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). It’s been 10 years since the Women’s relocated to
the Parkville site, and the family support spaces within the NICU haven become out-dated, a bit tired and no longer fully support the needs of the NICU families and staff. The refurbishments have been designed in consultation with staff as well as current and past parents and will focus on:
- 1 x Waiting room
- 2 x Family Interview rooms
- 1 x Tea room
- 3 x Family Sleeping Rooms
- 1 x Quiet Space
We were the beneficiaries of these spaces during Lily’s stay in the NICU. Kristie’s mum, Mary, stayed in the Family Sleeping Rooms (although she spent most of the night sitting next to Lily’s incubator).
The total cost for refurbishments is $200,000 with the remaining $100,000 raised from other donors. These spaces will have a wide reaching positive impact not only on the families of the 1,600 babies the NICU cares for each year, but also the amazing NICU staff.
Work is due to start on the refurbishment in coming months with completion in the first half of 2019.
In the meantime we have another Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings Mentone on Saturday 25th August. Our last sausage sizzle raised $2,400 and we’d like to try and match that again. If you’re in the area, please pop down, say hello, and grab a snag.
Thank you for your continued support,