Families take a walk to support Mater's little miracles
ABOUT 150 people turned out to support the Mater Children's Hospital in Brisbane on Sunday through the Mater Little Miracles fun run and walk at the Gladstone Marina.
There were many families pushing prams around the 5km course, and some of those families had miracle stories of their own.
Glen Que and his wife Carmel know just how important the Mater is in saving newborns and their mothers.
Their four-month-old son Oliver was in intensive care in the Mater Mothers' Private Hospital in Brisbane for a week after he was born because of complications during the pregnancy.
"It was a tough time for us because it came all of a sudden and it was a real surprise," Mr Que said.
"It wasn't looking good at one stage but with their help everything turned out.
"The work they did definitely saved him and if we didn't have that support there, he may not have been as healthy today."
The event was an initiative of the Mater Foundation and was run by the Rotaract Club of Gladstone.
Rotaract Club of Gladstone director Amy Patterson-Kane said numbers were down on last year because of the many competing events over the weekend, but they were happy with the money and awareness the group raised for the Mater Foundation.
"The money goes to the Mater Children's Hospital down in Brisbane, so the money doesn't exactly stay local, but it does help locals because there are so many people in Gladstone that have to use the facilities down in Brisbane," she said.
"It's a good cause and it's a good family event. You can just come down and have a stroll around the marina."