Calling all Superheroes!!
This March, Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense classes across Australia will be running special Superhero Senseathon classes, raising funds to support the vital work of our Australian partner charity, the Miracle Babies Foundation.
Every year in Australia around 48,000 newborn babies require the help of a NICU or Special Care Nursery (SCN).
27,000 of these babies are born premature and sadly over 1,000 babies lose their fight for life every year.
We would love for you to be part of something special in helping families through these extraordinarily challenging times.
What is the Superhero Senseathon?
In March 2022 babies, toddlers and their carers will be donning their Superhero capes and raising funds and awareness for babies born early – it’s Superhero babies and toddlers supporting other Superhero babies and toddlers.
The Sun has been stolen by the evil Saby Bensory and a team of intrepid Superhero babies and toddlers are needed to save the day!
The Superhero themed ‘Senseathon’ will be a wonderful and fun event and all participants (babies, toddlers and even parents!) are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite Superhero.
Funds raised by the event will go to the Miracle Babies Foundation’s support services, including in-hospital family support services, out of hospital play and support groups, online support groups for regional and rural area and a 24-hour family support line.
With over 8,500 families participating in the Superhero Senseathon across Australia and New Zealand we are hoping to beat our fundraising total from 2019 and raise even more to support families across Australia.
Families can find out more about how they can get involved in their closest Superhero Senseathon event by contacting their local Baby Sensory or Toddler Sense class leader.
Who are the Miracle Babies Foundation?
The Miracle Babies Foundation is Australia’s leading not for profit organisation supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them. The experience of having a baby born premature or sick can be life-changing and it affects the entire family.
Babies born premature can go on to face lifelong challenges including disabilities, developmental and behavioural challenges. Parents of babies born premature are also at increased risk of post-natal depression, anxiety and PTSD. Miracle Babies Foundation provides peer, emotional support to families, providing confidence and reassurance, to achieve better long-term outcomes for the entire family.
To find out more about the Miracle Babies Foundation and their work visit their website –www.miraclebabies.org.au.
How you can get involved
National fundraising raffle
From mid-February and through to the end of April we will be holding a national online fundraising raffle with an amazing pool of more than 30 prizes up for grabs worth over $4,800!
Raffle tickets cost just $5 each with some amazing prizes to win and can be purchased by anyone (except NT and ACT), so please share this link with your family and friends.
All prizes have been donated by wonderful businesses from across Australia and we thank them so much for their support 😊
The Superhero Senseathon Raffle is now closed. For details of the winners, please follow the link below –
Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who has supported our raffle. If you are a lucky winner we will contact you directly to organise sending you your prize.
How can you show your support and help raise funds for the Miracle Babies Foundation
Online fundraising and will be held before and during the Superhero Senseathon event in March, with a donation page for Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense participants, their friends, and their families to donate to the Senseathon event. These donation pages will be available from early February through to the end of April.
Class leaders, participants and friends and family can fundraise and make a donation via the dedicated event website:
1. Sign Up and join your class Team page
2. Share it with friends and family, ask them to sponsor you and donate to the cause
OR, simply make a donation via the page.
Families can also make a cash donation in person at the ‘Senseathon’ classes during March.
We also thank Hampers with Bite who will be gifting an extra special Self-Care Hamper, for the highest overall donation during the campaign. We appreciate the support of all businesses behind the Senseathon events and are grateful to have this additional incentive which will award one individual making a significant difference to families with a premature or sick newborn.
*This gift will be awarded to somebody from the general public, Baby Sensory team members will not eligible to receive the hamper.
Where will the money go?
All money raised will go directly to the Miracle Babies Foundation to be used toward supporting families who have a premature or sick newborn through the Miracle Babies NurtureProgram. The program is globally recognised within the Neonatal Field and consists of;
- NurtureLine: A national 24-hour family support line.
- NurtureTime: In-hospital parent to parent support, facilitated by Miracle Babies Support Team Members who have also had a NICU experience themselves.
- NurtureGroup: Out-of-hospital play and support groups for families to connect with others who have been through a similar experience.
Meet one of our Baby Sensory Superhero babies ......
Baby Peyton was born at 25 weeks weighing just 710 grams. Peyton spent 79 days in NICU and joined her local Baby Sensory class when she was 3.5 months old.
She is a real-life wonder woman!