Wednesday the 17th of November 2010 is International Prematurity Awareness Day across the world
November is prematurity awareness month and the 17th is International Prematurity Awareness Day. According to the March of Dimes, 13 million babies are born too soon around the world every year. In Ireland over 4,500 babies are born too soon every year and over 500 babies sadly pass away. Irish Premature Babies want to help create awareness of prematurity in Ireland on this very special day. We want to highlight the extraordinary difficult start so many of our babies have when they are born too early, we want to recognise the amazing work done in the NICU’s/ SCBU’s throughout Ireland and also remember the babies who have sadly passed away. We hope to mark this day in different locations throughout Ireland.
We would just like to thank Dunnes Stores would kindly donated a cheque for €500 to help us celebrate this very special day.
We will be having an exhibition of awareness featuring some of the stories from the exhibition at our launch in September. The exhibition will take place at St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. We will have people beside the exhibition who will explain to members of the public about prematurity. It is an excellent way to create awareness. This exhibition starts at 9.00am
The Office of Public Works have kindly agreed to donate and plant a tree in St. Stephen’s Green in honour of all the premature babies that are born in Ireland every year. There will be a small official ceremony for the tree planting on the day. Georgina Ahern Byrne will turn the first sod.
Dublin City Council and the Mansion House( on Dawson Street just around the corner from St. Stephens Green) have kindly agreed to allow us to do a balloon release outside the Mansion House. We will have about 300 pink and blue balloons and some white ones for babies who have passed away, (parents can write their angel's name of the balloon). We will have one big balloon release and then parents or children can release their own balloons. This starts at 12.30pm. The Lord Mayor of Dublin will release the balloons.
If you plan to attend and would like to release your own balloon, please send us an email. If you would like your little one's name on the white balloon and you cannot attend, please email us with your baby's name and we will try to put their details on for you as long as we get enough volunteers on the day to help.
Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital are having an awareness exhibition in Drogheda town centre in the heart of the shopping area. They are also doing a balloon release on the day. On the grounds of the hospital, we have been kindly given a tree to plant to remember all the premature babies that are born each year in OLOL. The tree planting will be at 11.00am and the exhibition and balloon release will be at 2.00pm to 4.00pm
We will have some tree planting ceremonies in the coming days. On Wednesday the 17th of November we have asked radio stations all over Ireland to either mention the day or play the song "wires" by Athlete, which tells the story of a baby rushed to Intensive Care when born.
Copy of our Press Release:
Press Release – For Immediate Release
International Prematurity Awareness Day 17th November 2010.
Georgina Ahern Byrne & the Lord Mayor of Dublin will officiate at events organised on International Prematurity Awareness Day.
One of the aims of Irish Premature Babies is to raise awareness about prematurity in Ireland and highlight the difficulties that parents face when babies are born too early. “International Prematurity day is going to be publicized all over Europe and we will be marking the day in Ireland” says Allison Molloy, Chairperson of Irish Premature Babies. “ We will be paying tribute to the medical staff who do amazing work in the NICU’s/ SCBU’s, creating awareness of the reality of prematurity and remembering the babies who sadly pass away every year” says Mandy Daly, Family Liaison with Irish Premature Babies. Over 4,500 babies are born prematurely every year and almost 500 babies will sadly not survive.
To mark International Prematurity Day we have a number of events running:
Dublin- 12.30pm at the Mansion House- Organised by Irish Premature Babies.
An exhibition of stories and photos from families affected by prematurity in Ireland, taking place at the St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre from 9.00am.
A tree planting ceremony in St. Stephen’s Green in honour of all the premature babies that are born in Ireland every year, kindly supported by the OPW. Georgina Ahern Byrne will turn the first sod on the tree.
A balloon release outside the Mansion House at 12.30pm. There will be pink and blue balloons to highlight to difficult journey premature babies must endure when born. There will be white balloons with names of babies who have passed away. This event is kindly supported by the Mansion House, and Dublin City Council. The Lord Mayor of Dublin and Georgina Ahern Byrne will release the main balloons.
Drogheda-2.00pm-4.00pm in Drogheda- Organised by OLOL Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital are having an awareness exhibition and balloon release in Drogheda town centre.
There will be also a tree planting ceremony in the grounds of the hospital, kindly supported by OLOL hospital at 11.00am.
If you would like to receive further information please contact:
Our Media Liaison Grace Kinsella on 086-7935660
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our website at www.irishprematurebabies.com