Serious side to fun day to help Fraser Coast babies

SATURDAY will be a day of fun and excitement at Seafront Oval for families and children alike, but it also has a serious side.

Organiser Jodie Tangikara said the day would raise much-needed funds for the special care unit at Hervey Bay Hospital's maternity ward.

The funds raised will enable the unit to purchase a machine that will allow for non-invasive testing to screen babies for jaundice.

Currently the only test available involves a heal prick that withdraws blood, which Jodie said was stressful for babies and parents.

Organiser of the Family Fun Day - Jodie Tangikara. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Organiser of the Family Fun Day - Jodie Tangikara. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle Valerie Horton

The event, which will include rides, games for the kids and plenty of food stalls, will be held from 9am to 3pm and Jodie said she was expecting a good turnout.

Jodie has been a tireless advocate for mums and for the special care unit since she lost her son, Marcus, at 19weeks gestation in September 2012.

The loss of her son inspired Jodie to fight for mothers to get a birth certificate for babies lost to miscarriage before 20 weeks gestation.

She also held a fundraiser that led to the donation of a Cuddle Cot to the special care unit, allowing parents to spend more time with the babies they have lost.

Cost of entry is a gold coin donation.

Will you be heading along? What does supporting the babies of the Fraser Coast mean to you? Tell us below. 



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