Eva’s Place is a not-for-profit centre that provides practical, emotional and material support for new mums and women during unintended or crisis pregnancies.
To celebrate its first birthday on September 24 Eva’s Place is launching a new endeavour, Baby Bottle Month.
Eva’s Place coordinator Juliet Ballinger said she is pleased with the centre’s progress over the past year.
“It’s been a great first year, we have an excellent team of volunteers who undergird the work. They’re skilful, enthusiastic, compassionate and an incredible asset,” Juliet said.
To celebrate, Eva’s Place is working with a number of Toowoomba businesses to hand out 500 baby bottles throughout October.
Juliet said people are invited to put loose change in their bottle through the month and return the bottles at the end of October.
Eva’s Place hopes to raise $10,000 – $15,000 through Baby Bottle Month to help finance the centre for the next year.
Eva’s Place volunteer Faye Moreton said she hopes Baby Bottle Month will also increase public awareness for Eva’s Place.
“It’s been a slow start, we haven’t had as much impact as we’d have liked to because we just haven’t had the numbers through the doors.
“If you have the baby bottles out there it starts to become something people remember,” Faye said.
As part of the Eva’s Place mentoring program, Faye she has been offering social and emotional support to a mum in her third pregnancy.
“She said it made such a difference compared to her other two pregnancies,” Faye said.
Baby bottles can be picked up from Eva’s Place, Voice FM, Koorong, Sam’s Warehouse and Newtown Baby Shop.