I wanted to spread the word about two truly wonderful organisations here in Australia. They were created out of tragedy & have now spread their wings to support other families going through the same or similar situations.
The first one I want to present to you is called Heartfelt & they are truly amazing people & angels here on earth. They’re a volunteer organisation of professional photographers from all over Australia who are all dedicated to giving the gift of photographic memories to families that have experienced stillbirths, have premature/sick babies or have children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units of their local hospitals, as well as children with serious & terminal illnesses. They’re dedicated to providing this gift to families in a caring, compassionate & heartfelt manner. They have done an amazing job at getting known in the major hospitals in Australia, but are always presenting themselves to other hospitals & medical facilities so they’re aware of the work they do & can call on them if ever they need to.
ABC did a story on Heartfelt on 20 June 2012. Click onto this link to watch it: Charity captures memories for families of stillborns
Pillars of Strength
The second organisation I wanted to share with you is called Pillars of Strength. For the time being they are only able to assist NSW families, but are hoping to go Australia wide in the future. Pillars of Strength provide fathers with support & time out they need while their baby/ies are sick, or to provide support & time out after the loss of their baby. The organisation’s Director started this support group after losing his premature son after being in NICU for two days. He saw a need for fathers needing respite as they are the ones that often get overlooked in times like these. The father’s take on the role of supporting their partners while they grieve & recover from the birth, look after other children in the family, deal with medial bills, have to arrange a funeral for their child etc, whilst trying to come to terms with the loss too, which is why their tagline is, ‘dad’s need time off too’. So far they’ve arranged golf days & been able to watch a few NRL games & they hope to be able to be able to help many more families in the future.
They can be found here: http://www.pillarsofstrength.com.au/concrete/ & on FaceBook here: https://www.facebook.com/