On ac­tive duty for lit­tle ones

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Kensington Belmont - Su­sanne Reilly

THEY might be used to chas­ing crooks, but next month of­fi­cers from Kens­ing­ton po­lice sta­tion will be hit­ting the pave­ment for a dif­fer­ent rea­son.

They will be join­ing oth­ers from around Perth for the Life’s Lit­tle Trea­sures Foun­da­tion’s an­nual Walk for Prems, which will take place in South Perth to raise funds in support of fam­i­lies of pre­ma­ture or sick ba­bies.

Kens­ing­ton Con­sta­ble Ju­lia Hux­ley said the team would be don­ning their po­lice caps and would be walk­ing for a col­league who had a pre­ma­ture son.

The sta­tion will also be bak­ing cakes and sell­ing them for gold-coin do­na­tions lead­ing up to the event.

Ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Health and Wel­fare Aus­tralian Moth­ers and Ba­bies 2011 re­port, about 45,000 Aus­tralian in­fants are ad­mit­ted to a neonatal in­ten­sive care unit or spe­cial care nurs­ery ward each year.

All funds raised by Walk for Prems will help pro­vide peo­ple like the Sharkeys from East Vic­to­ria Park with in­for­ma­tion, support and un­der­stand­ing to help them with their chal­leng­ing jour­ney.

Life’s Lit­tle Trea­sures Foun­da­tion was born in 2005 when a group of par­ents of pre­ma­ture ba­bies de­cided to do some­thing about the lack of support.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Fred Volpi, Con­sta­ble Ju­lia Hux­ley and Sgt Gavin Ker­ber. Const Hux­ley has or­gan­ised her po­lice team to take part in Walk for Prems.

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