Running for Premature Babies Foundation is a charitable foundation dedicated to giving premature babies a better chance of survival.
Our mission is to:
- fund research projects dedicated to advancing the care of premature babies
- supply hospitals with lifesaving neonatal equipment
- raise awareness of premature birth and celebrate all premature babies, both living and lost, and
- inspire people to achieve their fitness goals while supporting premature babies.
Where does our fundraising money go?
In Australia, 1 in 12 babies are born prematurely, which equates to 26,000 babies every year. Many of these babies require Neonatal Intensive Care, which is one of the most expensive parts of health care. Caring for a premature baby can cost anywhere between $3,500 and $10,000 per day.
Running for Premature Babies is proud to be able to support the equipment and research needs of Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) so our brilliant Neonatologists and Neonatal nurses can give premature babies a better chance of survival.
Since 2007, Running for Premature Babies has raised over $3 million for life-saving equipment and research at the Royal Hospital for Women’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit in Randwick, NSW. This Unit is now one of the best resourced in Australia.
Our money has provided:
- 10 Humidicribs
- 10 Neonatal monitors
- 5 high frequency ventilators
- 2 nava ventilators
- 1 cardio ultrasound machine
- 1 x-ray machine
- A new monitoring system for all 16 beds in Level 3 NICU, for the very sickest babies
And, $700,000 in research to unlock the many mysteries of prematurity and advance the care of premature babies for the future.
Supporting communities across Australia
In 2018, Running for Premature Babies expanded to Brisbane, entering a team into the Brisbane Marathon Festival to raise funds for the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital NICU.
In 2019, we are looking to expand further, creating more running communities around our country and inspiring more people to take on running challenges so we can support more hospitals with NICUs around Australia.
Our plans for 2019
Our fundraising goal this year is to expand the NICU at the Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick, NSW from 16 to 20 stations. To achieve this, we will be providing:
- Four Drager Isolette Incubators, which provide a stable, cocoon-like environment for a premature baby
- Four Drager Patient Monitors, to match the new monitoring system we installed in 2018
- Two humidifiers, to add moisture to the air within the humidicrib, and also heat the air up to body temperature before this air goes into the baby’s lungs.
- Two ultra blenders, to improve the accuracy in delivering the right amount of oxygen for babies. This is important because too much or too little oxygen into their lungs can be harmful to the baby affecting the eye development or the brain.
- Two neopuffs, which is a supporting equipment piece to incubators in the highest level of intensive care of the NICU, assisting with how ventilation is delivered to premature babies.
Altogether we need to raise $240,328 to provide this equipment.
In addition, we will be continuing to fund critical research to allow Dr Tim Shindler and other neonatologists at the Royal Hospital for Women's NICU to solve the many mysteries of prematurity and advance the care of premature babies for the future. Our research fundraising goal is $134,000.
In Brisbane we, will be providing one Drager Isolette Incubator for the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital NICU.
If you are interested in starting a Running for Premature Babies running community in your local town to support a NICU please contact us