Monies raised by PIPA are put to a number of uses, all specifically benefiting premature children and their families. These include:
Quite often mothers-to-be from outside the Brisbane area experience problems during their pregnancies that require immediate transfer to either the Royal Women’s or Mater Mothers hospitals. They arrive at the hospital with only the clothing they are wearing. Comfort Packs are specifically targeted at mums-to-be. They include a range of basic toiletries (deodorant, soap, toothpaste and toothbrush), underwear etc..
Sibling Colouring Books
These wonderful colouring books tell the story of a premature birth and subsequent hospital stay from a child’s perspective. They are currently in use at the Mater Mothers and Royal Women’s hospitals (provided by PIPA) and feedback from the Social Workers involved is that they are proving extremely useful. They have been found to help children cope and understand what is happening to their brother/sister while in ICU/SCN. It is hoped that PIPA can raise additional funds so that additional copies of this resource can be obtained for distribution to the Caboolture and Redcliffe hospitals Special Care Nurseries.
Support to Parents – Ronald McDonald House
Currently, PIPA provides support to parents from outside the Brisbane area who reside at Ronald McDonald House while their baby is in ICU/SCN. Examples of PIPA assistance to these parents include coffee mornings, purchase of breast pumps, Christmas Hampers, etc.
Special Day Gifts
On special days, such as Mothers Day, Fathers Day and Christmas, PIPA gives a small gift to parents of premature babies who have an infant in the intensive care or special care nurseries of the Mater Mothers, Royal Womens, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Gold Coast, Toowoomba and Rockhampton hospitals. Parents feelings of sadness and isolation is often greater on special days like Mothers Day or Fathers Day and it is hoped that the gift goes a little way to cheer them up.
In addition, PIPA raises funds to be used for the following PIPA activities/projects:
- Emergency accommodation fund for needy mums not entitled to Government assistance;
- The annual “Prems in the Park” picnic – a celebration of these very special children;
- The establishment of an emergency clothing fund;
- Supply of knitting and clothing patterns to be distributed to volunteers, parents families and friends of premature infants
- Supply the hospitals with cameras, film and disks so that mums can send pictures of their miracle babies home to family and friends;
- Update and expand the library service.