Zainab Adams

Premmie Marathon Challenge 2021

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My target 42 kms

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World Prematurity Day


Today is International World Prematurity Day ( and my sweet nephew’s birthday who may read this!) and with your generous donations , I was able to complete the 42 kms today. 


World Prematurity Day is recognised globally as a day to raise the profile of preterm babies , the associated deaths of preterm births, the risks and disabilities faced by these babies and their families, with the purpose of increasing awareness and providing cost effective solutions.


Throughout the month of November, we will continue to run everyday, to raise the funds and profile of our tiniest babies.


For many families that have extended NICU stays, the NICU is often the easiest part of the journey, surrounded by incredible Doctors, nurses and allied health teams - and at discharge, your largely on your own & you have to deal with a range of issues , home oxygen included and figuring out oxygen requirements. 


There are often additional tests, hospital visits, the requirement to stay home and the very real fear of germs , loss of oxygen and return hospital visits with 60 percent of very preterm babies re-admitted within the first 2 years and very often the first 12 months with a “common cold”. 


The success of your NICU stay, often determines and gives you an insight on how smooth or bumpy your discharge journey will be at home. 


Parents of preterm babies are often exhausted at discharge only to start another long journey and it’s no surprise that parents ( both mother and father) have a 2.5 time greater chance of PND.


By raising funds for NICU units, you are providing preterm babies with greater chances of survival and better outcomes, which makes the discharge journey so much easier.


Thank you for your kindness, generosity and for helping save the lives of our babies.

Today we started our Premmie Marathon Challenge

Thank you everybody for your incredible kindness & generosity ! 

We have been able to TRIPLE our initial goal & meet 42kms in our 3 week training. 

Today I started day 1/30.

Thank you so very much on behalf of all the babies you will help save, the broken hearts of parents , grandparents & extended family you will help heal!! Thank you !!!

This fundraiser is for NICU units across Australia  & to not only raise much needed funds, but raise the awareness & profile of premature babies, their fight & the incredible doctors , nurses & allied health teams who keep our babies alive - they are the soul of NICU units.

With sincere gratitude & thanks,

Eesa, Zayd  & Zainab 

Thank you , Shukran, Dankie, Gracias, Dhan'ya da

We are overwhelmed with the INCREDIBLE support & love shown to the fundraising effort for Running4Prems. 

From the very generous donations, to the shares of the page - thank you so very much. 

We have been able to double our initial goal & every dollar raised will go into saving the life of a baby. 

Sophie - the founder of this Charity reached out & has very graciously donated some premmie shirts & gifted a copy of her book ( Sophie’s Boys) to one of my dear friends & a fellow NICU mum who has recently graduated from NICU all the way in England. 

We can’t wait to see little Ru, Nicole & Miles Halahan spread the message and awareness right across the pond!

Thank you again. 

With sincere gratitude 

Eesa, Zayd & Zainab 

PS: Hey Lachy Wiggle - we are the #1 team & I do have to play “Wake up Lachy” 50 thousand times a day  & ride a fake ponzo the pony - feel free to reach out .. at your Brisbane show ?

Inside the Mater Preterm NICU with Director , Dr Birch & ICU Nurse Karina who both cared for our family

The Mater NICU Unit

Running for Premature Babies Fundraising Marathon

Throughout the month of November ( Premature Birth Awareness Month)  I will be running a minimum of 3km a day to raise much needed funds for neonatal units around Australia.

Help us raise $250,000 for lifesaving neonatal equipment for neonatal units around Australia!

Giving Back To the Community that Saved our Son

In 2018 we welcomed our son much earlier than planned & like 26,000 other Australian parents -  we became part of the NICU family. 

We spent 2 months at the Mater Mother's Neonatal Critical Care Unit ( NICU),  experiencing incredible highs & the lowest of lows. 

Nothing can quite prepare you for the day you leave hospital without your baby & the accompanying nights adjusting to waking up to a “ pumping alarm” as opposed to a hungry newborn.

After 2 months we graduated from NICU and like many other parents, our journey was far from over -   oxygen meters, self isolation, hand sanitiser and social distancing have been part of premmie families lives long before COVID-19 made it popular!

Despite all of the above - we are the lucky ones - some babies don’t ever make it home.

Had it not been for the incredible team of doctors and nurses at Mater's NICU and the generous donations of people committed to providing premature babies with the best chance of survival, our sweet boy would not be here today.

 Why this Fundraiser?

Running for Premature babies was set up by a NICU Mom - Sophie Smith,  after loosing her triplet sons in 2006. Sophie has gone through unimaginable grief, loosing  not only her triplets, but later her husband Ash, to brain cancer in 2016. 

During Sophie and her late husbands NICU journey, like Zayd and I,  they became aware that the NICU's across Australia relied heavily on the support of donations  and thus Running for Premature Babies was born.

They have raised in excess of $4M and continue to raise the profile and awareness of premature babies while fundraising for much needed critical care equipment.

Anybody that knows me - will know very well a running challenge is far ABOVE my means.

I was taken aback one night  when I saw a photo of a premmie being transported closer to her home, in one of the machines donated by this fundraiser.

As I scrolled through the fundraising page, in another photo I recognised the same nursery we had spent 3 weeks in , where there was often a short supply of the sort after armchairs for Kangaroo Care (doubled as a sleeping chair!)  - and this very fundraiser had donated some new armchairs to the nursery!

I know first hand just how much that would mean to so many moms and dads.

Our son is absolutely Wiggles obsessed and when I saw the opportunity to join his hero - Lachy Wiggle's fundraising team - I had no other option other than to sign up.

Over the past few weeks we have all virtually been training and as part of Lachy' s team, we will be running 3 km  each day for the duration of November - with the view of spreading awareness of Premature Babies and their fight, honoring those that have lost their fight to survive and raising money to improve the survival and outcomes for premature babies.

Please - no donation is too small  - any $1 contributed will go into saving the life of a baby.

!!!!!Please DONATE for babies and families just like ours!!!!! 

Thank you to my Sponsors

$400

Waarith Khan

From my mother

$336

Suhail

$300

Anonymous

I know this fundraiser is so close to your heart. You are such an inspiration to raise awareness, support and money for such a worthy cause. Thank you and best of luck!

$208

Anonymous

Great job for a great cause. Best of luck with the marathon!

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Anonymous

Good luck !!!

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Az T

Such a great cause to support. Good luck Z, cheering for you! 👏👏

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Yusra Adams Jangda

Good luck Zainab

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Yunabs

Good Luck for this worthy cause!

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Alana Flynn

$104

Nicole Halahan (kettley)

Zainab, our NICU journey was across the pond and only for a couple of weeks but your story resonated so very close to home; from waking to the pumping alarm and empty cot to the daily challenge of hunting down a decent chair to spend the next 14+ hours parked on. The hospital where our son Ru was born had recently opened a parents room which had been funded by initiatives like Running for Prems. It provided a safe haven for parents in NICU. It was a place where we could retreat for for 5 minutes with coffee/ tea, fridges, microwaves, comfy chairs and TV, etc to allow us to have a snack for 5 mins in a tranquil environment, away from the constant bustle and buzzing of the hospital and NICU. Those calm 5 minutes were life savers and allowed us the ability to reset and go back to our boy with a smile, even on the rockiest of days. If it hadn't been for the generosity of the local community and people like you taking the time to raise funds we wouldn't have had that space and what was an already tumultuous time would have been that little bit more difficult. Congratulations on your amazing efforts for a wonderful cause. I have no doubt there will be parents out there in the future beyond grateful for the ease of finding that comfy chair or of course the availability of an incubator for their precious arrival. I will be following your running journey with great interest and with much support!! All the very best, Nicole, Miles and baby Ru (8 weeks old, 6 weeks prem) xx

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Anonymous

If anybody can do it , you can. Go Z!

$100

Zayd Kathrada

Good Luck Zainab! This is such a wonderful cause. You can do it and make a difference!

$100

Nuraan Adams

Great initiative supporting families of the most vulnerable in our community

$100

Andrew & Asiya Trosic

Fantastic initiative

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Sarah

Go Z!! Your strength throughout this period has been inspiring!! If anybody can do it you can!

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Christopher Sinclair

$52

Anonymous

$52

Mehnaz Adam

$52

Nikki Wood

Amazing work Z! So proud of you. X

$52

Anonymous

My premmie was my little miracle

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Waarith Khan

Beautiful charity support especially being premature myself

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Jayme Brennan Hair

Well done babe! What a worthy cause! X

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Sherryl Mcintyre

Zainab, happy to donate to such a worthy cause. The first time I met your adorable little man, he stole me heart.

$52

Anonymous

$52

Keertan Samra

$50

Sufz

Because my wife forgot to add my on her donation..

$50

O N R K

Very worthy cause! Good luck Zainab!

$50

Evelyn Vettivelu

$50

Anonymous

Good luck Zainab

$50

Anonymous

Your Amazing Z!!! Biggest heart

$50

Shahedah Hussein

$50

Zaheera Ibrahim

$50

Zayaan Adams

Great Job radish these funds for our tiniest and most precious babies.

$50

Regina Mckechnie

For the babies!!

$50

Shakira Paruk

$50

Anonymous

$40

Anonymous

$36.40

Hemali

Good luck Z so very proud of you! 😊

$33.28

Anonymous

$31.20

Jamie R

This is so great, Z! Go you good thing 💪🏼😘

$31.20

Anonymous

Your an amazing mother Z!!! Everything you do for your beautiful boy, work & fundraise !! Inspiring ! Cheering you on! Go Z!

$20.80

Soumya Shah

$20

Aaliyah Booley

$12.48

Anonymous

Good Luck Zainab on supporting this amazing cause

$10.40

Yusuf Laher

Good luck!

$10.40

Sangita Sedhain

Our Team

Lachy Wiggle

Raised so far:

$738.80

Howarth Family

Raised so far:

$1,601.70

Jess Rothacker

Raised so far:

$605.76

Zainab Adams

Raised so far:

$3,638.24

Kristi Renfrey

Raised so far:

$52.00

Petra Wagemaker

Raised so far:

$156.40

Justin Hooker

Christy Martin

Raised so far:

$441.72

Nathan Gooley

Raised so far:

$1,050.24

Jessica Mackin

Raised so far:

$134.00

Demi Ticehurst

Raised so far:

$208.00

Sam Jackson

Raised so far:

$447.60

Meghan Flood

Raised so far:

$304.80

Kirsty Thomas

jesse Oppermann

Raised so far:

$523.40

Jaymee Deluca

Kim Madgwick

Raised so far:

$52.00

Jacinda Wettenhall

Bethany Mackie

Raised so far:

$78.00

Lauren Aiken

Raised so far:

$429.68

Burke Angela-Raye

Joanna Nikolic

Raised so far:

$799.20

Tee

Raised so far:

$10.40

Yuki Narushima

Jade Johnson

Raised so far:

$416.00

Luke Escombe

Elly T-J

Raised so far:

$120.80

Hugh Thorneycroft

Raised so far:

$863.12

Glen Gearing

Raised so far:

$462.80

Rebecca Boon-tompsett

Raised so far:

$75.60

Melanie Senaratne

Raised so far:

$253.80

Shea Hanson

Raised so far:

$1,284.78

Hayes Archer

Oscar Archer

Audrey Archer

Amy Gibb

Raised so far:

$52.00

Tommy Lee

Raised so far:

$52.00

Emily Ruffolo

Melinda Hull

Raised so far:

$145.60

Kaitlyn Tumaai

Raised so far:

$10.40

Jessica Hamilton

Raised so far:

$791.84

Amelia Springall

Gemma Purdy

Raised so far:

$284.03

Taycee Jones

Raised so far:

$20.80

Cindy Trezise

Raised so far:

$5.20

Tyler OMalley

Christine Ferdinands

Raised so far:

$562.32

Emma Watkins

Raised so far:

$52.00

Kelsey Gonzales

Kahri Bain

Raised so far:

$130.50