Walk for prems

Fiona with children Lily and James. Picture Shawn Smits.

Almost three years ago, Gisborne’s Fiona Hale gave birth to twins Lily and Penelope just 25 weeks into her pregnancy.

Tragically, Penelope passed away three weeks later.

This month, the Hale family will honour Penelope’s memory and support other premature babies during the national Walk for Prems fundraiser.

Fiona said her family was taking part in the event so Lily would grow to understand about being a prem and about her sister.

The Hales walked in the 2015 event, but last year Fiona was pregnant with now eight-month-old James.

“It will be something we do every year,” Fiona said.

Walks for Prems is the largest annual fundraiser for Life’s Little Treasures Foundation, which supports families with babies born sick or before 37 weeks gestation.

Participants will pause at the beginning of each gathering and white doves will be released to show respect for the babies that have died.

The Melbourne event will take place on Sunday, October 29, from 9am at Palms Lawn, Albert Park Lake in Albert Park.

FM radio host Matt Tilley will be the Melbourne ambassador.

Anyone unable to participate in the walk can register online as a Virtual Walk for Prems team member.