Made with great care
HAMMOND Park Primary School Year 4 students were hard at work last year making origami swans to give to families at King Edward Memorial Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Helping Little Hands co-founder Kate Crassweller said swans were a symbol of hope and healing and both were needed to survive in the NICU.
“Amy James, the teacher organising the swans, spent a long time in the NICU at King Eddie's with her son Damien,” Ms Crassweller said.
“She wanted the kids she teaches to become involved in a charity to show generosity and empathy.”
Ms Crassweller said the NICU could be an isolating experience for families and even more so over the holiday period when they spend time in intensive care, away from traditional gatherings.
“We hope the decorations from the kids at Hammond Park will show parents that someone else cares, someone else sees, and someone else understands,” she said.
“Once the NICU journey is over, this decoration will be a reminder of just how far they’ve come.”
The Helping Little Hands team started the charity because while the care of babies was first class, they knew parents needed more practical support.
Ms Crassweller said for some parents, the only meal they ate was the food delivered by the charity.
“All of this practical support means more time for parents to spend with their babies; that’s the end goal, because research shows the more cuddles premature babies get, the better their medical outcomes and the quicker they get home,” she said.
People can support Helping Little Hands by donating food items, baby clothes, supermarket vouchers, or volunteering time for emergency home care. Visit www.helpinglittlehands.org.
Hammond Park Primary School students Naomi Lee, Krishna Calingasan and Jonathan Sarader with the origami swans.