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 $4 million for life-saving equipment and research at the Royal Hospital for Women’s NICU in Sydney and the Neonatal Unit in Alice Springs Hospital and a NeoNatal Trasport vehicle in Brisbane.
Supporting communities across Australia
In 2020, Running for Premature Babies expanded around Australia with 2 virtual runs. In 2021, we are expanding further with events to enter in Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Canberra and Adelaide. We have on the ground volunteers in these states 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.
If you are interested in starting a Running for Premature Babies running community in your local town to support a NICU please contact us
In the Media
- Parents of premature babies running to support each other amid coronavirus pandemic
- Running with doctor who saved her child's life
- Sydney Father's act of endurance for son born 13 weeks early
- Interview with Sophie Smith by Hope 103.2
- ABC - How Sophie ran to stop her heartbreak happening to others.
- Launch of memoir - Sophie's Boys
- The Beast - Sophie Smith: Superwoman, local legand and mountaineer.
- Scott Crank - Running for Premature Babies fundraiser Dad