Open your hearts in December – Fundraising "Vito for Thumbs"

6 December, 2017
24 November, 2017
from 06.12. - 30.12.2017.

Open your hearts in December! Mall of Split in cooperation with Split schools and kindergartens, he collects donations for Palčići. Come and choose your perfect Christmas decoration and help others with it!

The Club of Parents of Premature Babies "Palčići" is the first association in Croatia established in February 2010 to raise awareness and long-term improve care for premature and sick newborns and support their families.

Encouraged by our own experience of preterm birth, we realized that feeling of loss, stress, caring for the life and health of their child can be much easier with the help, support and advice of parents who have been through it themselves. Therefore, we get in touch with the parents of premature and sick newborns immediately after preterm birth by providing them with help and support.

We also organize support groups where in a warm and uncritical atmosphere we strive to encourage bonding and friendships by exchanging lived experiences in order to reduce the feeling of loneliness that most parents go through during this extremely sensitive and demanding period for both children and parents.

In addition to organizing professional lectures and workshops, with the help of external associates and experts of different professions, we strive to provide the necessary information and assistance to enable all parents to give their child the best possible care in a very demanding period after leaving the hospital. Also, we strive to initiate improvement of the conditions of stay of parents with the child and help neonatology and pediatric clinics in the actions of purchasing equipment that is possibly missing.

All activities of the association are carried out in cooperation and with the support of the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI), which is the first pan-European organization representing the interests of premature babies and their families.

Thumbs are children born before the 37th week of pregnancy, and whose first life struggle is the most difficult one - the struggle for their own life. In Croatia, about 7 percent of premature babies are born annually, which is about 2,500 premature babies per year, a large number of whom have more serious problems in further development.

From the beginning of the humanitarian project, on March 21, 2012, until the end of March 21, 2017, a total of HRK 5,160,687.38 was collected on account for special purposes and donations of the action "Thumbs Up", which is separate from the account of the Club of Parents of Premature Babies "Thumbs" and is used exclusively for the purchase of medical equipment for Croatian maternity hospitals. 30 maternity wards and neonatology departments were donated to equipment with a total value of HRK 5,235,625.40.

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