World Prematurity Day will be celebrated on November 17, 2017. This is an excellent opportunity for charities who work with premature babies and their families to raise awareness of issues relating to prematurity and a chance for people to get involved in fundraising.
What is World Prematurity Day?
There has been an event to promote awareness of babies who are born preterm since November 17, 2008. The day was created by a group of European parent organizations and was originally called the International Awareness Day for Preterm Birth. Since 2011, this event has been called World Prematurity Day. More countries have become involved in this event each year and by 2013, over 60 countries from across the globe were getting involved in raising awareness of prematurity and raising fund.
One of the main charities involved in the organization of World Prematurity Day is an organization called Bliss. They are a charity that raises awareness of prematurity and raises funds for research into the causes of prematurity and treatments for babies who are born preterm.
What is the Purpose of World Prematurity Day?
World Prematurity Day has two main aims; to raise awareness and to raise fund. There are approximately 15 million babies who are born preterm each year and this figure accounts for around one in ten of all babies born in the world annually. Therefore, creating a greater awareness of this issue is essential. By holding this event, the charities involved want to keep people informed about the causes of preterm birth and the impact a preterm birth has on both the baby and the families.
There are two purposes to raising funds on World Prematurity Day. First, funds are a vital element of research into the causes of prematurity and into finding effective ways to treat new born babies who were born prematurely. Money raised through donations and fundraising is also essential for hospitals to buy the equipment they need to offer lifesaving treatment to preterm babies and to continue to deliver the care and treatment they need for as long as it is necessary.
The Theme of World Prematurity Day 2017
Each year, World Prematurity Day has a different theme. In 2017, this theme is #Prematuritylc. The organizations involved want to get more people involved by asking them about their personal experiences and what prematurity means to you. One of the predominant ways they are collecting this information while also promoting the cause is to use social media sites, such as Twitter. They are encouraging people to share their experiences and leave comments using the hashtag #Prematuritylc.
Who is Involved?
Many major organizations are involved in the organization of World Prematurity Day and they get involved in any way they can. These groups include government bodies, medical professionals, charities, families, and parent groups. However, anyone can get involved in World Prematurity Day, regardless of whether you have personal experience of this situation or you simply want to get involved to offer your support.
How to Get Involved in World Prematurity Day 2017
If you simply want to help raise awareness, then you can get involved by joining in with the social media campaign. However, if you want to get involved in the fundraising efforts, then there are several ways you can do so.
This year, one of the main ways to get involved is to join in with the Bliss Little Lights Walks that will be taking place across the countries involved in the event. These are sponsored events where people take a night-time walk holding lighted objects, such as torches or glow sticks. When you sign up online, you will be sent a sponsorship form and a ribbon. If there is not an event in your area, then it is also possible to set up your own Bliss Little Walk.
Everyone is also free to hold their own fundraising event and this doesn’t have to be a lighted walk. There are many different ways that people can do this, such as having a cake-bake or hosting a family fun day. Regardless of whether you do something small or large, it can all make a difference to the cause. If you want to get involved, simply visit the Bliss or EFCNI website and get in touch as these charities are more than happy to support the efforts of everyone.