IT takes an incredibly strong person to take a personal tragedy and use it to help the community.
On June 16, Angela Perry and a team of supportive friends will walk a 14km track to raise awareness and funding for Neonatal Intensive Care for the first City to South in Brisbane.
For Ms Perry, having her voice heard about an issue that is close to her heart, is her ultimate goal.
"Neonatal Intensive Care is important to me personally because without their services so many premature/sick babies wouldn't survive," she said.
Ms Perry has renamed the event Noahthon as a way to tell her own story in honour of her son Noah who passed away.
"So many babies sadly are admitted to the unit at the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital each year. The work they do there is amazing," she said.
"Sadly Noah didn't survive but this was due to severe brain damage. All that could have been done to save him, was.
"He spent six days in the NICU. Many babies and their parents are there for months."
Ms Perry said she hoped as many people as possible would join her team in the walk.
"So far we have 15 who are all walking the track, the more the merrier I say," she said.
Seeking sponsorship and donations
The team is also seeking businesses to help with the sponsorship of team shirts and donations from the community to assist their cause.
One way which funds will assist the NICU is Ms Perry's "parent-pack project", a pack which is given to parents when their child is admitted to the unit.
"Many parents are not prepared for their child's stay in the NICU, as it usually follows an emergency birth," she said.
Packs will include hospital parking vouchers, a disposable camera, toiletries, a journal and pen, hand moisturiser and bottled water.
"We are also looking for businesses who may be able to donate items for the parent-packs," she said.
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