Calling all Superheroes!!
This March, Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense classes across New Zealand will be running special Superhero Senseathon classes, raising funds to support the vital work of our New Zealand partner charity, The Neonatal Trust.
Every year approximately 10% of all babies are born premature in New Zealand. That’s one premature baby born every 90 minutes. In all, over 5,000 newborn babies are born premature and there are also many full-term babies whose condition or illness requires admission to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU).
These are the babies, and their families, The Neonatal Trust supports.
What is the Superhero Senseathon?
In March 2022 babies, toddlers and their carers will be donning their Superhero capes and raising funds and awareness for babies born early – it’s Superhero babies and toddlers supporting other Superhero babies and toddlers.
The Sun has been stolen by the evil Saby Bensory and a team of intrepid Superhero babies and toddlers are needed to save the day!
The Superhero themed ‘Senseathon’ will be a wonderful and fun event and all participants (babies, toddlers and even parents!) are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite Superhero.
Funds raised by the event will go directly to The Neonatal Trust to help support their three main objectives – supporting parents in whatever way they can during their neonatal journey, assisting NICUs in practical ways such as contributing towards the cost of equipment, funding staff education and professional development, and aiding neonatal-related medical research.
With over 8,500 families participating in the Superhero Senseathon across Australia and New Zealand we are hoping to beat our fundraising total from 2019 and raise even more to support families across New Zealand.
Families can find out more about how they can get involved in their closest Superhero Senseathon event by contacting their local Baby Sensory or Toddler Sense class leader.
Who are The Neonatal Trust?
The Neonatal Trust is New Zealand’s leading organisation supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them. During the excitement of a pregnancy no-one expects or prepares for the challenges associated with their baby needing to spend days, weeks, or even months in the NICU or SCBU. That is why the work The Neonatal Trust do supporting families in these situations is so valuable.
The Neonatal Trust work to help reduce the families’ stress and make such a difficult start to life a little bit easier as families make the journey through neonatal intensive care, the transition home, and onwards.
“Making a difficult start in life that little bit easier.”
To find out more about the Neonatal Trust and their work visit their website –www.theneonataltrust.org.nz
How you can get involved
National fundraising raffle
From mid-February and through to mid-April we will be holding a national fundraising raffle with an amazing pool of more than 15 prizes up for grabs worth over $3,500!
Raffle tickets cost $5 each and will be available to purchase from your local Baby Sensory or Toddler Sense Class Leader, or directly from The Neonatal Trust.
Anyone can purchase a ticket, not just current Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense families, so please share the raffle with your family and friends.
All prizes have been donated by wonderful businesses from across Australia and we thank them so much for their support 😊
For more details about the prizes follow the link below –
To find your local Baby Sensory or Toddler Sense Class Leader and their contact details to purchase tickets click here –
How can you show your support and help raise funds for The Neonatal Trust
Online fundraising and will be held before and during the Superhero Senseathon event in March, with a donation page for Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense participants, their friends, and their families to donate to the Senseathon event. These donation pages will be available from early February through to the end of April.
Class leaders, participants and friends and family can fundraise and make a donation via the dedicated event website:
Donations can be made via the website any time from now until the 30th April.
Families can also make a cash donation in person at the ‘Senseathon’ classes during March.
Where will the money go?
All proceeds from the Senseathon event will go directly to The Neonatal Trust to help towards their three main objectives –
- supporting parents in whatever way they can during their neonatal journey,
- assisting NICUs in practical ways such as contributing towards the cost of equipment and funding staff education and professional development,
- and aiding neonatal-related medical research.
In particular, funds will spent on increasing The Neonatal Trust's whānau support in innovative ways such as webinars, live streams and podcasts.
Meet one of our Baby Sensory Superhero babies ......
Baby Peyton was born at 25 weeks weighing just 710 grams. Peyton spent 79 days in NICU and joined her local Baby Sensory class when she was 3.5 months old.
She is a real-life wonder woman!