Beanie project aids more than a 1 000 babies

2018-12-12 06:02
; Lynette Strydom, founder of the Beanie-4-Babies project, who has recently donated 1 000 beanies to the Dora Nginza Hospital. Photo:SUPPLIED

; Lynette Strydom, founder of the Beanie-4-Babies project, who has recently donated 1 000 beanies to the Dora Nginza Hospital. Photo:SUPPLIED

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THE Beanies-4-Babies project is in full swing after recently donating more than 1 000 beanies to Dora Nginza Hospital to assist its neonatal unit.

This after the founder of the project, Lynette Strydom, realised the need to create beanies to help low birth weight babies have a better chance of survival.

“During August this year I started with the initiative after a radio interview. I’ve managed to get help from all over the country.

“There are about 800 premature babies born in a year and if my facts are correct, it is the second most in South Africa,” Strydom said.

According to Strydom, babies lose 70% of their body heat through their heads and that is what sparked the beanie initiative.

“When the doctor has a warmer baby, he has a better life to work with and a better chance of survival.

“It also makes the mum calmer, who sometimes has to take three or four taxis to get to her house and hospital,” Strydom added. Various countries around the world have reached out to assist Strydom by supplying beanies.

They are currently awaiting beanies from New Zealand, Scotland and even help from England.

“The feedback was incredible. I have a consignment waiting in Auckland, help from Scotland and England. And across the country people send packets.

“It’s so wonderful to see how the older generation are helping.

“Even the people who make them get a new meaning in life. Someone delivered 121 beanies to my home last week. Last weekend, a donor proudly told me how he picked it up and packed the box. He was very fond of the 101 that his wife made, and he packed,” Strydom said.

According to Strydom, approximately 350 babies require inclusion in the neonatal unit, of which approximately 150 babies weigh less than 2kg. Approximately 1 800 babies are born under 2kg annually, and approximately 2 800 babies under 2.5kg.

“Hypothermia (decreased body temperature) is one of the main causes of a weaker outcome for low birth weight babies. The beanies we make are the most cost effective way to prevent it,” she said.

A beanie costs between R3 and R5 and the funds received are used to create more beanies or to assist the parents.

“I realised that there are so many in distress and institutions that do something. For as little as R20 you can make a difference in at least six or seven children’s lives,” Strydom said.

The project aims to assist the parents as well, by providing those less fortunate with washcloths with their logo, as well as soap.

Strydom added, “We would also like to spoil them, especially in this difficult time when their babies are in hospital. This project has the means to go far and wide and I’m very grateful to all the donors for their kindness and hard work.”

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