Our Kids helped Jamie, now he's giving back
AFTER receiving support from the Our Kids program at his birth eight years ago, Jamie Kennedy-Beaumont has gone full circle, and is helping the charity raise money with its 2015 calendar project.
It was all smiles yesterday as Jamie posed with street artist Jeremy Austin for former Northern Star chief photographer Jacklyn Wagner, who was shooting the 2015 Our Kids calendar.
The last time Jamie was photographed by Ms Wagner the situation was far more serious as Jamie was in intensive care at Lismore Base Hospital after being born premature with his triplet brothers, his mother Carmen Kennedy-Beaumont said.
Jamie was born with lung and respiratory problems and still suffers from asthma.
When he was born he required much care, and he and his brothers all benefited from equipment supplied by the Our Kids charity, including humidicribs and a ventilator, Ms Kennedy-Beaumont said.
The support offered by Our Kids was "amazing", she said.
Over the years she has kept in contact with Our Kids and volunteers in the office.
Our Kids fundraising co-ordinator Rebekka Battista said since 2003 Our Kids had donated more than $1,000,000 to the hospitals in the region, extending from Mullumbimby to Maclean.
"We buy equipment that hospitals need so that sick children don't have to travel away from home, friends and family," Ms Battista said.
The annual calendar is a key part of the fundraising program for the group, she said.
The 2015 calendar will be the 15th for the charity, and its first full-colour production.
Each year the calendar features photographs of children who have benefited from the work of the Our Kids program.
This year the calendar feature vibrant street art from the Lismore Back Alley Art Gallery.
The 2015 Our Kids calendar will be launched and on sale later this month..