One year on…

Today, 17th November, is World Prematurity Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of preterm birth, and a perfect opportunity to update everyone on the Lilyroo Fund.

14 months ago we unveiled the portable Cardiac Ultrasound Machine we purchased for the Women’s NICU (the NISC has been rebranded to the NICU), and less than 11 months ago we posted our most recent Facebook update. Time has certainly flown by…

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Warnes on Wheels

Just one year ago, Grant Warnes went for his first ever ride – a 40km easy spin from Elwood to Mordialloc and back. In less than 1 month he’ll be riding 1156km in 7 days from Adelaide to Melbourne as part of the Lilyroo Ride.

We recently caught up with Grant at Frank’s Milkbar for a Soy Latte (Grant) and a Skinny Flat White (Pete) to find out a bit more about him.

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Lilyroo Ride Reconnaissance

On Friday 24th October, the Lilyroo Fund travelled to Adelaide performing a course reconnaissance for the 2015 Lilyroo Ride. The purpose of this trip was to assess all aspects of the Lilyroo Ride course, including safety, traffic conditions, food and rest stops, topography, contingency routes, community engagement opportunities, accommodation options, relevant local organisations, and much more.

Pat, Pete, Mark and Michael

Pat, Pete, Mark and Michael

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Melbourne Marathon Festival

Melbourne Marathon

On Sunday October 12th, a record 32,000 people took to the streets of Melbourne for the Melbourne Marathon Festival. The Lilyroo Fund was proudly represented by four athletes

Pete Lockyer ran in the Marathon (42.2km) finishing in a time of 3hrs 1min and 49secs. It wasn’t a PB for Pete, but he proudly wore his Lilyroo Fund singlet and was extremely happy to go so close to the magic 3-hour barrier.

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Sunday 23 March: Ironman Melbourne

Today as I write here in Australia, it is AFL Grand Final day – a huge day for Melbourne. For us, personally, it is 6 months to the day since our beautiful baby girl, Lily, passed away. Yesterday, I took the day off and had a fantastic day at the Reach Foundation Ladies Lunch – a special pre-Grand Final lunch to celebrate women. It was fantastic to support a great charity that helps young people get the most out of life. It was a huge amount of fun and an inspiration for our own fund raising activities.

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Saturday 22nd March

When I started writing this blog, I knew that this post was going to be the hardest to write: recalling the day my waters unexpectedly broke. Subconsciously I think I’ve been dreading it, knowing that I would have to detail the toughest day Pete and I have ever experienced. However, in order to fully share our story it is important that I revisit it, document it, and by doing so draw a line underneath it.

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Rayne Runs for Lilyroo

Three months ago, Rayne Watkin welcomed her second child, Freddy, into the world. In one month, on October 12th, she is running the Melbourne Half Marathon (21.1km) to raise money for the Lilyroo Fund.

We sat down with the Lilyroo Fund’s first official fundraiser to find out a bit more about her…

Hi Rayne, first of all thank you so much for choosing to fund raise for the Lilyroo Fund. For the benefit of those who don’t know you, could you tell us a bit about yourself please?

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Father’s Day

It’s hard to believe it has been seven weeks since my last blog post…

I’m not really sure the saying ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ really applies in our situation, but I feel like we’ve come a long way, both physically with the fund and personally as we continue to cope with our loss.

Before I recommence sharing our story, I’d like to give you an update on what Pete and I have been up to the last seven weeks and how we’re currently feeling.

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