Walk for Prems 2019
Back in October 2019, my husband, daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter formed Team Tiny Dottie, to help raise money and make a difference by participating in the 10th Annual Walk for Prems.
We called ourselves Team Tiny Dottie because my granddaughter had been born a few months earlier ( in England and we live in Australia) and we wanted to support this very worthwhile organisation who had given us help and information during our time of need.
As a team we raised over $2000 for Life’s Little Treasures Foundation, an organisation committed to helping families of premature babies and a cause that is very close to our hearts.
My granddaughter Dottie was born at 25 weeks and spent 98 days in NICU before going home and then many months on oxygen after she was home. I know the value of these organisations now, whereas before I had no idea. If I can help make a difference and improve support for other families, then I will do what I can.
I’m happy to say that Dottie is progressing very well and celebrated her 1st birthday in style, except we couldn’t be there with her due to Covid.
How the Walk for Prems 2020 became a bike ride
This year, due to Covid, the Walk for Prems had to go ‘virtual‘ but I still decided to sign up and help raise money. The only problem was that I had a dodgy knee/leg and couldn’t walk as well as I could last year.
But that didn’t stop me, I decided to ride my bike and log the total kilometres for October. Riding my bike doesn’t hurt my leg at all so it was a win/win. The Mathematician also added in his rides and we were pleasantly surprised with our results.
I managed to raise over $500 in sponsorship thanks to some very generous and caring people. If you’d still like to sponsor me you can do so by clicking on this link: Granny Debs Walk for Prems. I appreciate all your support, as do the families with premature or sick babies.
And the best news is that between us both we have cycled over 800kms during October, which I think is a fair number of kilometres!! I will note the Mathematician contributed many more kms than me, but hey it’s not a competition!
If you’d like to read more about Walk for Prems, click on this link – About Walk for Prems and information about Life’s Little Treasures Foundation can be found here. They have been great to deal with when we needed support.
It was Grandparents Day on Sunday 25 October 2020 as well as Walk for Prems day and I was lucky enough to spend the day with 2 of my daughters and 2.5 grandchildren. It was the first time my 8 month old grandson had met his aunty, uncle and cousin. Considering we all live in different states of Australia, with many Covid restrictions in place, it was made even more special! Can you see how crinkly my eyes are from smiling???
Of course Melanie and Dottie were missed but we know they were with us in spirit and on the end of the phone!
As I did last year, I agreed to do some publicity for Walk for Prems 2020 and as a result I was interviewed by a regional newspaper with our family’s story and some photos. Unfortunately this story was online for subscribers of the paper only, despite being up on their Facebook page, not everyone could access it 😦
My daughter in England has started an Etsy shop selling her creative prints and her shop is called Dottie Wombat. A proportion of all sales go to Bliss Charity in UK, which is a similar organisation to Life’s Little Treasures here in Australia.
One of her loveliest initiatives, and one which I’m so proud of her for, is the Premature NICU postcard of kindness to a stranger, where she’ll write a message on a postcard and send it to the nurse’s station for them to hand out to someone they think might need a lift.
Although I’m half a world away, I ordered a few of these postcards and Melanie was able to handwrite a message on them and send them out to random strangers as they sit by their baby’s incubator. I get teary just thinking about how much this random postcard might mean to a parent in that situation.
Isn’t that just beautiful and so kind??
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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