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Life’s Little Treasures Foundation

Contact

Name: Merryn Csincsi

Position: Development & Fundraising Manager

Email: merryn.csincsi@lifeslittletreasures.org.au

Address

PO Box 476

Chadstone Centre RP Chadstone

Melbourne 3148

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Our Mission / Objective

Our Beneficiaries

The Life’s Little Treasures Foundation is Australia’s leading charity dedicated to providing support, friendship and information, specifically tailored for families of children born premature or sick.

The Foundation’s services are available in the hospital (neonatal and special care units) and in the community when families come home. We work with families, hospitals and community Health Care professionals who deal with these families.

Projects in Progress

Currently the Foundation supports families and their babies through:

  • Informative website and PDF information sheets
  • iPhone app which provides critical medical information for NICU and SCN
  • iPhone app which helps parents track their premature baby’s development
  • Free hospital survival folder for parents for every family in NICU & Special Care
  • Electronic home survival guides & e-newsletters
  • Education based information seminars
  • Community support groups
  • 24 hour support line 1300 MYPREMMIE
  • Parent support network
  • Online community through Facebook/Twitter
  • Family social activities/events (incl annual National Charity Fun Run /Walk -“Walk for Prems” http://www.lifeslittletreasures.org.au/walk/ ) )
  • Access and encouragement for family involvement in relevant research

Our People

CEO

Parool Shah, Co Founder / Director

Leadership Team

 Celebrity Ambassadors

Our ambassadors play a crucial role in helping us raise awareness of our organisation throughout Australia and assisting us in reaching our goals.

BROOKE HANSON O.A.M. – Olympic swimmer

Swimming star Brooke Hanson OAM, Olympic gold and silver medallist, remains one of Australia’s most recognised Olympians. Along with husband Jared Clarke , Brooke experienced nine months in the NICU after the birth of their son Jack Hanson Clarke. Jack was born at 28 weeks 5 days, 12 weeks premature, weighing just 663 grams, severely growth restricted and only 32cm long. Sadly, after a nine-month battle in the NICU, Jack passed away. Despite her loss, Brooke wants to continue to bring a greater awareness to the birth of premature babies and the importance the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation can have on parents, family and friends.

TRACEY SPICER  – 2UE broadcaster, News Ltd columnist, Sky News anchor

“My son Taj was premature, suffering Hyaline Membrane Disease and extremely low birth weight. He spent the first three weeks of his life in neonatal intensive care, battling for every breath. Now, he’s a rambunctious young man! My heart goes out to other parents who are thrown into the maelstrom of having a premature baby. Some families spend months by the bedside of their tiny offspring, wishing and praying they will make it through. Please, support the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation as they provide friendship, information, support and assistance to the many families in need.”

GORGI COGHLAN  – TV Personality

“I feel very honoured to be an ambassador for the Life’s little Treasures Foundation. Following the premature birth of our precious Molly-Rose, my husband and I understand the importance of having someone to turn to during such an emotional and challenging time. It’s really important to be able to access information that reassures you that you’re not alone, to remind you that so many parents have gone through what you’re experiencing.”

CLARE BOWDITCH  – Singer and Songwriter

“Thank goodness for the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation, who offer practical loving support and advice where it’s dearly needed. They have gained the respect and loyalty of all they work with – families and health-care professionals alike – yet they currently receive no government funding. If you or your family have been touched by the life of a “Little Treasure”, please give where you can.”

 

Youth Ambassadors

AUDREY AND GRACE STYMAN-LANE  – Surfers

Audrey and Grace Lane are identical twins, born at 26 and a half weeks in 1994 at the Royal Woman’s Hospital Paddington Sydney. Their goal is to become professional surfers on the World Tour.

They are also passionate about giving back and are thrilled to become the Foundations’ first youth Ambassadors, they are a testament to how amazing our Little Treasures really are. They aim to help the Foundation raise the profile of prematurity in the community & show the world that premature babies can have such successful outcomes.

 

Health Ambassadors

The Life’s Little Treasures Foundation are delighted to have three very prominent professionals in the health industry come on board as our health ambassadors. Their support is vital to us in ensuring that the advice we provide to families is accurate, up to date and evidence based.

PETER ANDERSON  – Director, Victorian Infant Brain Study (VIBes), Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital

Dr Peter Anderson is a CR Roper Fellow in the School of Behavioural Science at The University of Melbourne and Senior Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. In addition to being Director of the Victorian Infant Brain Studies (VIBeS) team, he is co-director of the Australian Centre for Child Neuropsychological Studies (ACCNS), which is the leading centre for paediatric neuropsychological research in Australia.

“I am very proud to be associated with the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation as it a very well managed organisation that supports many high risk families and individuals.”

 

GEHAN ROBERTS  – Developmental-Behavioural Paediatrician, RCH

Dr Gehan Roberts is a Developmental-Behavioural paediatrician, based at the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, and a NHMRC post-doctoral fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Gehan coordinates the Victorian training program in Community Child Health and his research interests include the long term outcomes of preterm birth, intervention trials for children at risk of learning and developmental difficulties and health services research in the secondary care sector.

“I am very happy to support the important work that the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation carries on behalf of the families of preterm and high risk infants and children. It is my pleasure to be invited to be a health ambassador for Life’s Little Treasures Foundation and I look forward to continuing to be involved over time.”

Names of Board Members

PAROOL SHAH – Co Founder of LLTF, Director/ President

Parool is one of the co founders of Life’s Little Treasures Foundation after her experience of having a premature baby in 2003. She along with the other founders decided they wanted to make a change, ensure that no parent who followed in their footsteps would do it alone or without access to vital information & resources. It’s her passionate drive that has got the Foundation where it is today. Parool comes from a sales background but has overall business skills with experience in running her own business.

SHUSANNAH MORRIS – Co Founder of LLTF, Director/Vice President

Shusannah like Parool had a premature baby in 2003 and this is how both mums met. It was this unique friendship that made them realise how important it is to have someone who truly understands what you were going through to talk to. She is a passionate, driven person, who is dedicated to helping other families of premature & sick babies. Shusannah’s background is in business / quality management systems & IT.

Karin Vosmansky Director/Treasurer

Karin is mum to two Little Treasures, she has played an integral part in taking the Foundation to where it is today. Karin has over 14 years of experience within the hospitality and event industry, is a fully qualified CPA and holds a Public Practice License. She is currently the Financial Controller for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation as well as running her own bookkeeping and event business.

TANIA GRATION  – Director

Tania is Assistant Director, Enforcement and Compliance Executive Division ACCC. She’s a member of the Competition Lawyers Group and the Antitrust Lawyer Network. Over the years has undertaken substantial roles in community based organisations such as AHEPA. Tania has a keen interest in consumer protection and competition law.

PROFESSOR SANDRA REES – Director

Professor Rees is currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience where she is an academic and researcher. She is internationally recognised for her work on brain development with a particular interest in the effects of malnutrition, low oxygen levels, infection and prematurity on the developing brain. Her association with Life’s Little Treasures Foundation ideally combines her research background with the aims of the Foundation to support and inform families with premature and sick babies.

ELIZABETH EARL – Director

Liz currently holds the position of Circulation & Newspaper Sales Director for The Age and comes with over 15 years experience in marketing and newspaper publishing. Liz is assisting Life’s Little Treasures in developing a sustainable marketing, communications and PR strategy to improve visibility of the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation brand, the services offered to families and the ability to achieve fund-raising outcomes.

 

Registration Information

ABN

94 232 874 269

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

The Foundation receives no government funding and relies on the kind generosity and donations of those in the community & organisations.  We welcome all donations for further information contact our

Developemnt Manager: Charlotte Hutchins on 0435 070 626 or 1300 697 736

All donations over $2 are tax deductible 

www.lifeslittletreasures.org.au/donate/

General Donations

Thank you for considering donating to the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation.

Donate online now Donate via post Make a corporate donation Donate your time

In the past year Over 45,000 babies were admitted into neonatal intensive care & special care units throughout Australia.

This translates to over

  • 115 admissions every day
  • 1,300 of these babies weighed less than 1000 grams which is lighter than a bag of sugar!

The Life’s Little Treasures Foundation aims to improve the lives of premature and sick babies by providing information and assistance to their families, and by supporting research.

We currently receive no government funding. We rely completely on the kind generosity and donations of individuals and organisations.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible 

www.lifeslittletreasures.org.au/donate/

Work with us

Volunteer with us

“Be the change that you want to see in the world” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

The Life’s Little Treasures Foundation is a charity which is dedicated to providing support, friendship information and assistance to families of children born sick or premature. It is run by people who themselves have had a premature baby and so truly understand the challenges that these babies and their families face.

It is through the dedication of this volunteer network that LLT is able to consistently remain able to provide these services to families in hospital (neonatal and special care units) and in the community when families come home.

The Foundation is very grateful to have such a dedicated and amazing team of people who all come from many different walks of life but who all share a common goal and wish to give back to the community. There are many ways in which our Volunteers can assist LLT such as:

  • Being part of the main LLT working committee
  • Assisting with Marketing /PR/Design
  • LLT Newsletter Production
  • Parent Support Network
  • Fundraising events
  • Social Events
  • Support Groups
  • Busy Bee Days

If you are interested in assisting LLT in any capacity then we would love to hear from you, not all volunteers are required to sit on the committee but certain roles do require a Working with Children Check.

To discuss further then please call us on 1300 MYPREMMIE (1300 697 736) or email us at volunteer@lifeslittletreasures.org.au

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

Our Beneficiaries

The Life’s Little Treasures Foundation is Australia’s leading charity dedicated to providing support, friendship and information, specifically tailored for families of children born premature or sick.

The Foundation’s services are available in the hospital (neonatal and special care units) and in the community when families come home. We work with families, hospitals and community Health Care professionals who deal with these families.

Projects in Progress

Currently the Foundation supports families and their babies through:

  • Informative website and PDF information sheets
  • iPhone app which provides critical medical information for NICU and SCN
  • iPhone app which helps parents track their premature baby’s development
  • Free hospital survival folder for parents for every family in NICU & Special Care
  • Electronic home survival guides & e-newsletters
  • Education based information seminars
  • Community support groups
  • 24 hour support line 1300 MYPREMMIE
  • Parent support network
  • Online community through Facebook/Twitter
  • Family social activities/events (incl annual National Charity Fun Run /Walk -“Walk for Prems” http://www.lifeslittletreasures.org.au/walk/ ) )
  • Access and encouragement for family involvement in relevant research

Our People

CEO

Parool Shah, Co Founder / Director

Leadership Team

 Celebrity Ambassadors

Our ambassadors play a crucial role in helping us raise awareness of our organisation throughout Australia and assisting us in reaching our goals.

BROOKE HANSON O.A.M. – Olympic swimmer

Swimming star Brooke Hanson OAM, Olympic gold and silver medallist, remains one of Australia’s most recognised Olympians. Along with husband Jared Clarke , Brooke experienced nine months in the NICU after the birth of their son Jack Hanson Clarke. Jack was born at 28 weeks 5 days, 12 weeks premature, weighing just 663 grams, severely growth restricted and only 32cm long. Sadly, after a nine-month battle in the NICU, Jack passed away. Despite her loss, Brooke wants to continue to bring a greater awareness to the birth of premature babies and the importance the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation can have on parents, family and friends.

TRACEY SPICER  – 2UE broadcaster, News Ltd columnist, Sky News anchor

“My son Taj was premature, suffering Hyaline Membrane Disease and extremely low birth weight. He spent the first three weeks of his life in neonatal intensive care, battling for every breath. Now, he’s a rambunctious young man! My heart goes out to other parents who are thrown into the maelstrom of having a premature baby. Some families spend months by the bedside of their tiny offspring, wishing and praying they will make it through. Please, support the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation as they provide friendship, information, support and assistance to the many families in need.”

GORGI COGHLAN  – TV Personality

“I feel very honoured to be an ambassador for the Life’s little Treasures Foundation. Following the premature birth of our precious Molly-Rose, my husband and I understand the importance of having someone to turn to during such an emotional and challenging time. It’s really important to be able to access information that reassures you that you’re not alone, to remind you that so many parents have gone through what you’re experiencing.”

CLARE BOWDITCH  – Singer and Songwriter

“Thank goodness for the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation, who offer practical loving support and advice where it’s dearly needed. They have gained the respect and loyalty of all they work with – families and health-care professionals alike – yet they currently receive no government funding. If you or your family have been touched by the life of a “Little Treasure”, please give where you can.”

 

Youth Ambassadors

AUDREY AND GRACE STYMAN-LANE  – Surfers

Audrey and Grace Lane are identical twins, born at 26 and a half weeks in 1994 at the Royal Woman’s Hospital Paddington Sydney. Their goal is to become professional surfers on the World Tour.

They are also passionate about giving back and are thrilled to become the Foundations’ first youth Ambassadors, they are a testament to how amazing our Little Treasures really are. They aim to help the Foundation raise the profile of prematurity in the community & show the world that premature babies can have such successful outcomes.

 

Health Ambassadors

The Life’s Little Treasures Foundation are delighted to have three very prominent professionals in the health industry come on board as our health ambassadors. Their support is vital to us in ensuring that the advice we provide to families is accurate, up to date and evidence based.

PETER ANDERSON  – Director, Victorian Infant Brain Study (VIBes), Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital

Dr Peter Anderson is a CR Roper Fellow in the School of Behavioural Science at The University of Melbourne and Senior Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. In addition to being Director of the Victorian Infant Brain Studies (VIBeS) team, he is co-director of the Australian Centre for Child Neuropsychological Studies (ACCNS), which is the leading centre for paediatric neuropsychological research in Australia.

“I am very proud to be associated with the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation as it a very well managed organisation that supports many high risk families and individuals.”

 

GEHAN ROBERTS  – Developmental-Behavioural Paediatrician, RCH

Dr Gehan Roberts is a Developmental-Behavioural paediatrician, based at the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, and a NHMRC post-doctoral fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Gehan coordinates the Victorian training program in Community Child Health and his research interests include the long term outcomes of preterm birth, intervention trials for children at risk of learning and developmental difficulties and health services research in the secondary care sector.

“I am very happy to support the important work that the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation carries on behalf of the families of preterm and high risk infants and children. It is my pleasure to be invited to be a health ambassador for Life’s Little Treasures Foundation and I look forward to continuing to be involved over time.”

Names of Board Members

PAROOL SHAH – Co Founder of LLTF, Director/ President

Parool is one of the co founders of Life’s Little Treasures Foundation after her experience of having a premature baby in 2003. She along with the other founders decided they wanted to make a change, ensure that no parent who followed in their footsteps would do it alone or without access to vital information & resources. It’s her passionate drive that has got the Foundation where it is today. Parool comes from a sales background but has overall business skills with experience in running her own business.

SHUSANNAH MORRIS – Co Founder of LLTF, Director/Vice President

Shusannah like Parool had a premature baby in 2003 and this is how both mums met. It was this unique friendship that made them realise how important it is to have someone who truly understands what you were going through to talk to. She is a passionate, driven person, who is dedicated to helping other families of premature & sick babies. Shusannah’s background is in business / quality management systems & IT.

Karin Vosmansky Director/Treasurer

Karin is mum to two Little Treasures, she has played an integral part in taking the Foundation to where it is today. Karin has over 14 years of experience within the hospitality and event industry, is a fully qualified CPA and holds a Public Practice License. She is currently the Financial Controller for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation as well as running her own bookkeeping and event business.

TANIA GRATION  – Director

Tania is Assistant Director, Enforcement and Compliance Executive Division ACCC. She’s a member of the Competition Lawyers Group and the Antitrust Lawyer Network. Over the years has undertaken substantial roles in community based organisations such as AHEPA. Tania has a keen interest in consumer protection and competition law.

PROFESSOR SANDRA REES – Director

Professor Rees is currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience where she is an academic and researcher. She is internationally recognised for her work on brain development with a particular interest in the effects of malnutrition, low oxygen levels, infection and prematurity on the developing brain. Her association with Life’s Little Treasures Foundation ideally combines her research background with the aims of the Foundation to support and inform families with premature and sick babies.

ELIZABETH EARL – Director

Liz currently holds the position of Circulation & Newspaper Sales Director for The Age and comes with over 15 years experience in marketing and newspaper publishing. Liz is assisting Life’s Little Treasures in developing a sustainable marketing, communications and PR strategy to improve visibility of the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation brand, the services offered to families and the ability to achieve fund-raising outcomes.

 

Registration Information

ABN

94 232 874 269

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

The Foundation receives no government funding and relies on the kind generosity and donations of those in the community & organisations.  We welcome all donations for further information contact our

Developemnt Manager: Charlotte Hutchins on 0435 070 626 or 1300 697 736

All donations over $2 are tax deductible 

www.lifeslittletreasures.org.au/donate/

General Donations

Thank you for considering donating to the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation.

Donate online now Donate via post Make a corporate donation Donate your time

In the past year Over 45,000 babies were admitted into neonatal intensive care & special care units throughout Australia.

This translates to over

  • 115 admissions every day
  • 1,300 of these babies weighed less than 1000 grams which is lighter than a bag of sugar!

The Life’s Little Treasures Foundation aims to improve the lives of premature and sick babies by providing information and assistance to their families, and by supporting research.

We currently receive no government funding. We rely completely on the kind generosity and donations of individuals and organisations.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible 

www.lifeslittletreasures.org.au/donate/

Work with us

Volunteer with us

“Be the change that you want to see in the world” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

The Life’s Little Treasures Foundation is a charity which is dedicated to providing support, friendship information and assistance to families of children born sick or premature. It is run by people who themselves have had a premature baby and so truly understand the challenges that these babies and their families face.

It is through the dedication of this volunteer network that LLT is able to consistently remain able to provide these services to families in hospital (neonatal and special care units) and in the community when families come home.

The Foundation is very grateful to have such a dedicated and amazing team of people who all come from many different walks of life but who all share a common goal and wish to give back to the community. There are many ways in which our Volunteers can assist LLT such as:

  • Being part of the main LLT working committee
  • Assisting with Marketing /PR/Design
  • LLT Newsletter Production
  • Parent Support Network
  • Fundraising events
  • Social Events
  • Support Groups
  • Busy Bee Days

If you are interested in assisting LLT in any capacity then we would love to hear from you, not all volunteers are required to sit on the committee but certain roles do require a Working with Children Check.

To discuss further then please call us on 1300 MYPREMMIE (1300 697 736) or email us at volunteer@lifeslittletreasures.org.au

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