Starbucks employees Joey Horvath and his wife Barbara are celebrating becoming new parents to baby son Maximilian by organising a Pram Walk from Botanic Gardens to the Belfast City Hall and back on Sunday, August 14.
Joey says: “Supporting charities in our community is a big part of what we do at Starbucks, and in particular having just become a new dad it made me think about babies, their health and upbringing.
“We attended the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital and at parent craft class and scan appointments we noticed information about TinyLife. Some of the tiny babies that TinyLife supports can arrive much too soon and weigh as little as 1lb.
“We were very lucky our little boy was 6lb 4z and very healthy, but we were so touched by the work of TinyLife that we want to help make a difference by raising funds for babies and parents who have not been so fortunate.
“The pram walk seemed like the ideal way to get families together and my colleagues at Starbucks on Lower Lisburn Road, Belfast and from other stores in the area have really got behind the idea.
“We're inviting anyone who would like to take part to pick up a sponsorship form from any Belfast Starbucks store or contact Valerie on 02890 815050.”
Fundraising Manager Valerie Cromie comments: “The pram walk invitation is open to anyone who would like to take part in our Sunday Stroll. We plan to leave Botanic Gardens around 10.30am and walk to the City Hall and back, the route is relatively flat and so perfect for pushing a pram. We would encourage everyone to bring along a picnic and enjoy the beautiful Botanic Gardens situated in the heart of Belfast. Starbucks will be providing complementary coffees for all walkers and a balloon modeller will be around to entertain the kids after the walk.”