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Support the Milk Bank

Make a life changing difference for premature babies

Make a financial donation to support the Milk Bank and make a life changing difference for premature babies

Each year in Australia, thousands of babies are born prematurely and some of them can face significant health challenges. These challenges can be reduced if they receive breast milk early on, but sometimes mums of premature babies can struggle to produce enough milk.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s Milk Bank is here to help. The Milk Bank collects, processes and then distributes donated human breast milk to premature babies in need.

You can support the Milk Bank today by making a financial donation. Your donation will help fund:

  • Breast milk expressing kits for donors
  • Equipment, such as pasteurisers, freezers and testing of the donated milk to ensure its safe for premature babies
  • Expanding the Milk Bank to provide access to more premature babies across Australia
  • Research that deepens our understanding of early childhood health

The Milk Bank was launched in September 2018 and currently supplies donated milk to neonatal intensive care units in South Australia. Donated breast milk is given by volunteer donors who have excess breast milk, and who have undergone health and lifestyle screening and testing.

The Milk Bank is made possible by the commitment and collaboration of Australian state governments.

The South Australian government has contributed funds toward this program.  This has enabled the collection and supply of pasteurised donor human milk across South Australia, helping even more premature babies, and this includes through their commitment to fund and enable the day-to-day operation and provision of pasteurised donor human milk that is supplied to their state.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Australian Red Cross will ensure at least 90% of funds raised will go directly to helping run the Milk Bank. Up to 10% may be deducted and used for indirect administration and fundraising costs to support our important work: e.g. office facilities, staff, and IT services. Fundraising costs include donor call centres, receipting and website.

In the unlikely event that funds raised exceed the amount required or if there are changes in circumstances beyond Red Cross' control that limit our ability to use funds in relation to the Milk Bank, Australian Red Cross will direct excess funds to programs that contribute to healthcare and humanitarian work in Australia and overseas. Any interest earned on donations will be invested back.

Find out how on the Milk Bank website

Thank you for your kind offer, but we are not calling for volunteers at this time. However, we do have other programs that are looking for volunteers. Check out our current vacancies.

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