There is a joke that goes around amongst NICU families that we each have ourselves a million-dollar-baby. And while it’s generally lighthearted there is an element of truth in this, as these babies require extremely expensive equipment and medical supplies to keep them alive and well while they are growing in hospital. While Waikato NICU is high class and has phenomenal equipment they are also restricted by funding and rely on the generous donations of things like The Countdown Kids Appeal, which they share with the entire Waikids unit. Right now on their Wishlist they have a cardiac monitor, to keep an eye on the tiny beating hearts of these miracles, and an EEG machine to measure the electrical activity of their little brains as they grow and develop.
What does this have to do with the 29th of May? We are not having a party for our boy this year, as I’ve already touched on. However we still wanted to get him a gift. So we have decided to use the money we would have spent on his celebrations and gifts to start off the collections for a cardiac monitor and an EEG machine. We also have a couple of plans up our sleeves to get some larger fundraising happening, as we are aiming for roughly $35,000. But we wanted to let you know that if you had wanted to get Oliver something for his first birthday we would greatly appreciate it if you put a little drop into our pool.
For william and myself, it is a small way that we can say thank you to the magical unit that saved our boys and set them free, by providing them with the equipment that could do the same for so many more children to come. This is something that is very important to us, but we understand that it is not the same for everyone else, so we do not expect you to donate if it isn’t something you are happy with, and we also understand that money can be tight, so please do not worry if it’s not possible for you right now.
If you would like to ‘get Oliver a gift’ or you know anyone who would be interested in helping us help these little babies then please stay tuned here for a link to our give-a-little page. We are just awaiting some paperwork from the hospital and then we can get underway!
Thank you so much for being there with us over the last 12 months. We could not have survived without each and every one of you. As we enter the month of May and process a lot of the grief that comes with it we always come back to how amazingly supported we are. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Xx