Jump to content

In Hannah's Memory...
Birthday wishes for a special little girl


  • Please log in to reply
52 replies to this topic

#1 baddmammajamma

Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:28 AM

***Warning: Post mentions death of child/drowning***


Today, December 10th, is the 8th birthday of Hannah -- the Purple Princess -- and daughter of EBer hannabug (Kat). As many of you know, Hannah died 5 years ago, in a backyard pool drowning.

I don't know Kat in real life, but over the years, her devotion to keeping Hannah's memory alive through tireless efforts to educate others about the importance of water safety has really touched my heart. Kat & her husband set up Hannah's Foundation, Australia's only drowning prevention, awareness & family support services organization, and she has been very active on EB in providing knowledge and support to those in need.

From my EB friendship with Kat, I do know that what would mean the most to their family on this very bittersweet day is that Hannah be remembered.

So please, if you have a spare moment today, here are a few things you might do to honor Hannah:

* Read one of Kat's heartfelt and information-laden threads on EB and help keep it bumped. This is a recent one that is quite compelling:
http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/forums/ind...=928003&hl=

* Check out the Hannah's Foundation web site and share the information with your friends and loved ones:
http://www.hannahsfoundation.org/

* "Like" the Hannah's Foundation Facebook page and share it:
https://www.facebook.com/HannahsFoundation

And most of all, keep yourself, your kids & your loved ones safe, especially as we enter the summer season of water activities...never swim alone! Supervise, supervise, supervise, and make sure that appropriate barriers are in place.

Please help me keep this message active.

Thank you, thank you for your support,

BMJ


#2 MintyBiscuit

Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:36 AM

bump

in the relatively short time I've been on EB I've seen how passionate hannahbug has been about this message, and her threads have educated me and made me more vigilant about safety around water.

Happy Birthday Hannah. Sending good vibes to the family on what must be a terribly difficult day

#3 Soontobegran

Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:43 AM

Happy Birthday sweet little Hannah, much love to Kat and family xox

Edited by soontobegran, 10 December 2012 - 07:44 AM.


#4 Feral_Pooks

Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:47 AM

Thanks, BMJ.

Happy heavenly birthday to Hannah.

Such an important message, I know our family has firm rules in place around DS being in/near water, many are inspired by the education and awareness hannahbug has given me.

#5 bestnot

Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:50 AM

.

Edited by zedgirl, 19 September 2013 - 10:19 AM.


#6 JustBeige

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:03 AM

Thank you Kat for continuing to share your message so passionately.     I hope today is as good as it can be.

#7 WibbleWobble

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:09 AM

Kat, Andrew and family, thinking of you all and your precious Hannah today.

#8 IsolaBella

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:13 AM

Happy Birthday Hannah. Thinking if you Kat and your family.

The tireless work you do in Hannah's memory is very important and has helped make my DH open his eyes to my extreme water safety stance, even in the bath.

#9 lady lady

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:16 AM

Thanks for posting.  I think this just gave me a little "wake up call/ reminder" that I might have needed ... whilst always usually vigilant around water, since having DD#2 6 weeks ago I must admit I have been known to quickly duck off to change a nappy/ grab the dummy when DD#1 is in the bath.

Hannahbug I can't possibly imagine what you have felt since that day... but I can say I just read your story and I listened.   Thank you for sharing.

Edited by lady lady, 10 December 2012 - 08:17 AM.


#10 **Xena**

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:26 AM

Happy Birthday beautiful angel. Taken too soon but you continue to save lives hhugs.gif

#11 baddmammajamma

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:39 AM

Thank you to everyone who is taking time to read this (and special thanks to those who are commenting/bumping so that others might benefit).

Everytime someone on EB says "I listened," or "You opened my [husband's] eyes," that is something good.

As Xena wrote, Hannah is continuing to save lives.

#12 Pompol

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:44 AM

You're amazing Kat.

I'm so much more aware of water safety than I EVER would have been, because of your posts on EB.

Thanks from my family to yours, and my thoughts are with you today.

#13 JJ

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:07 AM

Happy Birthday, Hannah. x

And thank you Kat for the amazing work you do in honour of your daughter. We don't have a pool, I don't have much to do with them and don't go near them (chlorine allergy), but even so I have appreciated your messages about water safety, and have learned so much from your posts.

Edited by JJ, 10 December 2012 - 09:27 AM.


#14 daisydo

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:17 AM

Happy birthday Hannah.

Thanks BMJ for this thread and to Kat and her family for all your hard work and awareness on water safety and supervision.

#15 ~Nodnol~

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:23 AM

Happy heavenly birthday Hannah.

Kat and Andrew, thank you for continuing to spread the message about water safety. I can't imagine the grief and pain you go through every day, yet you continue. Hannah, and you, have saved countless lives because people are stopping to think about the consequences of water supervision.

X


#16 Feralmummacat

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:28 AM

Happy Birthday Hannah. Thinking of you Kat and your family.

Please know that your and your families tireless efforts are making a difference.


#17 Jupiter123

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:30 AM

Happy heavenly birthday Hannah.

Kat and Andrew and the rest of you family, we are all thinking of you and thank you for your continuing efforts educating others with water safety.

#18 No-pants Agnodice

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:35 AM

Happy Birthday Hannah!

Thanks Kat for spreading the message. Keep it up!

#19 kh79

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:59 AM

Happy birthday to Hannah!

My thoughts are with you and your  today.

Thank you for taking the worst thing you will ever go through and helping all of us learn from this tragedy.

I am certain Hannah's story and her foundation has helped save lives.

#20 kpingitquiet

Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:08 AM

Thinking of Hannah on her birthday. There is no doubt she serves as a watchful presence and that her story is helping protect other little kids and their loving families.

#21 ~J.E.S.S.I.C.A~

Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:16 AM

Happy Heavenly Birthday Hannah xxx

#22 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:16 AM

Happy Birthday sweet Hannah.

Thinking of you all today Kat xxx




#23 MoonPie

Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:19 AM

Some more of Kat's threads that are worth reading

Compliant barriers and Supervision
Drowning prevention
Another tragedy
Portable pools
Bath drownings

Not nice reading but a wealth of information.

Happy Birthday Hannah.

#24 baddmammajamma

Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:23 AM

QUOTE (Rebothy @ 10/12/2012, 12:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Some more of Kat's threads that are worth reading

Compliant barriers and Supervision
Drowning prevention
Another tragedy
Portable pools
Bath drownings

Not nice reading but a wealth of information.

Happy Birthday Hannah.


Rebothy, thanks so much for taking time to assemble those valuable threads in one place!!

#25 MarthaJones

Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:01 PM

Happy heavenly birthday Hannah xx.

Kat and family you have amazing strength and thank you for your dedicating to helping others see  wub.gif .




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 
  • Essential-Kids_Snow-Queen-Promotion-tile

    Win a Fairytale experience

    To celebrate the DVD release of The Snow Queen, we are offering one lucky child and their guardian the chance to experience what it would be like to live in an enchanted fairytale.

  • ebk-canonD30-thumb

    Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

    Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

  • The Boxtrolls is due for release September 18.

    Movie review: The Boxtrolls

    Alan Snow?s bestselling novel, Here Be Monsters, offered the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman the perfect tale for their latest stop-motion animation film about a family of box-dwelling trolls who live under the streets of Cheesebridge.

  • Lah-Lah's Adventures airs on the Cbeebies channel on Foxtel and Austar.

    'Lah-Lah's Adventures' a musical treat for young and old

    Sydney-siders with tiny tots have been loyal followers of the Lah-Lah band for many years but the boisterous children?s music group from the inner-west continue to grow their following with their own television series.

  • quotes-320

    Wise words from kids movies

    The movies we watched as kids had a lot more to offer than just entertainment. Here's ten wise quotes from kids movies.

  • yoda

    31 iconic family films from the 1980s

    If you grew up in the 1980s there will be a number of films that are close to your heart. Here are 31 of the most iconic for you to watch with your own kids.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Advertisement
 
 
 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.