SYDNEY'S south west has raised almost $16,000 for the Miracle Babies Foundation in just one week by purchasing a McDonald's 'Helping Hand'.
Helping Hands are available for a $2 donation at McDonald's until this Sunday, May 21. Customers can write their name on their Helping Hand, which will be displayed in restaurant windows.
The Miracle Babies Foundation supports premature and sick newborns cared for in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nursery, providing emotional and practical support during a difficult time.
Every year across Australia around 48,000 newborn babies require the help of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or the Special Care Nursery, with 27,000 of these babies being born prematurely and sadly 1,000 babies losing their fight for life.
Miracle Babies Foundation CEO Melinda Cruz said for many parents, having their child come into the world not as expected could instantly change everything: "With the everyday support of Miracle Babies, this overwhelming experience can hopefully become a little bit more manageable."
Tony Favotta, McDonald's licensee, says Helping Hands is an easy way for the community to assist families who have been affected with the birth of a premature or ill baby. For more info, visit miraclebabies.org.au.