When I was in my early twenties, a friend lost a baby at almost full term. I couldn’t even begin to fathom what she was going through and remember thinking “Why? How?” At the time, my mum very gently told me that it was highly likely other friends would lose babies in coming years and nothing ever prepares you for that. My mum was right. I have shared many tears, hugs and cups of tea with friends who have lost babies through miscarriage or who have spent seemingly endless hours watching their premature babies fight for life.
Bonnie Babes Foundation helps to save babies and counsels families through the extreme hardship of miscarriage or stillbirth. One in ten babies is born prematurely and sadly, one in every four pregnancies ends in a loss from miscarriage or stillbirth. The Foundation, a non-profit volunteer-based charity, raises money for telephone counselling services and for vital medical research projects.
As part of their annual fundraising efforts, the Foundation publishes Pride of the Nation, a coffee table book which celebrates new life, provides a snapshot of the next generation and showcases the wonderful diversity of our Australian population.
Pride of the Nation is made possible by volunteer photographers, who waive their normal sitting fee to help the Foundation. All children photographed are included in the book which is available for purchase and also displayed at Parliament House.
It costs just $50 to be part of it (or $75 for all the children from the same family) and all proceeds go directly to the Bonnie Babes Foundation. All registrations received before the end of July 2010 are guaranteed a place in the 2011 edition which is distributed in time for Christmas.