It was an honour for the Treasured Babies program to be nominated as a finalist at the 2022 HESTA Excellence Awards for the Outstanding Community Award for Team Excellence.
The Treasured Babies Program began in 2002 as an initiative of bereaved parents who recognised the need for families to be supported with appropriately sized clothing, Angel (burial) boxes, memory keepsake boxes and naming certificates for babies who died during pregnancy or are stillborn.
Each week, a special group of volunteers, led by Cindy Furby, work tirelessly to sew, knit, crochet and assemble thousands of precious handmade garments and keepsakes. They are supported by volunteers at Mens’ Sheds who build the Angel boxes.
There were a total of 24 organisations and teams announced as finalists in the 2022 HESTA Excellence Awards across aged care, allied health, community services and disability services.
Red Nose would like to congratulate the amazing people behind all the initiatives and organisations recognised at the Awards.
Red Nose Australia CEO Keren Ludski says, “I am so proud of the Treasured Babies volunteers. They are an exceptional group of volunteers who work hard and devote so much of their time helping grieving parents when they need it most.
“When a baby dies there is often little warning, leaving parents in shock. Having access to the Treasured Babies items, which have been lovingly handmade, can reduce some of the stress at an incredibly traumatic time. “A heartfelt thank you to HESTA for recognising the Treasured Babies program and congratulations to all those organisations recognised.”