While we continuously work hard to develop and grow the Haakaa Foundation, we also strive to support like-minded organisations and individuals dedicated to helping others, particularly those little ones out there who face tremendous challenges straight from birth…
It is an absolute honour to work alongside Life’s Little Treasures Foundation (LLTF), one of Australia’s leading charities dedicated to supporting the families of babies born prematurely or sick. This support is offered primarily by ensuring these families have easy access to critical, practical information to care for their babies, as well as access to mental health services, NICU support assistance and financial aid (amongst various other support services). Here at Haakaa, we are delighted to be able to support this charity both financially and through the donation of products to their “Precious Prem Pack”, a collection of valuable tools and items to more easily guide parents through a journey often filled with difficulties and hardship.
As well as offering these services, LLTF hosts several events and fundraisers. One of their biggest fundraising events is “Walk for Prems“, with participants spread throughout thousands of locations in Australia, both in person and virtually. Families, friends and supporters walk selected distances (often several km) to help raise awareness and funds to further supports and assist the families of these vulnerable babies through what can be the biggest challenge of their lives. While offering a fun day out for participants, with entertainment and prizes, the fundamental message of this event remains centred around making the lives of those caring for their vulnerable little ones easier and giving them one less thing to stress about. This could be through something as simple as providing breakfast for families in the NICU and Special Care, to assisting families in crisis with accommodation and groceries, to peer-to-peer emotional support services, and much more.
According to their post-event report, the 2022 Walk for Prems event saw a total of $810,454.00 raised through online fundraising, in partnership with Baby Bunting and through the efforts of “Walk Warriors” (individuals who raised $600 or more). A total of 124 Warriors in 2022 contributed to around 20% of the funds raised – adding up to $166,243.75!
We look forward to continuing to support this amazing charity and seeing what incredible feats they will achieve in the future.