Media Release

Canberra and Region Multiple Birth Association (CARMBA)

Multiples Celebrate in Canberra and the Region

DATE: 28 Febraury 2014

Parents of multiple birth children in Canberra and the region are not alone, that is the message of the upcoming Multiple Birth Awareness Week (9 - 16 March 2014) and from the Canberra and Region Multiple Birth Association (CARMBA).

“This is an important week for us to let families out there know there is a group of people in their community who want to lend support in a variety of ways. CARMBA is a vibrant and active organisation which can provide a soft landing for those families welcoming multiple babies into their lives,” said CARMBA President, Amelia Haddock.

“Our theme for 2014 is “You’re not alone” and there is growing evidence that getting involved in a support group such as CARMBA can have real benefits to the mental health and coping skills of parents. Many people are unaware of the wellbeing benefits of joining a support group like CARMBA support groups can be a great place to find services, practical tips, resources and social events with like-minded people.”

Member of CARMBA and mum of five children including a set of twins, Teresa Duve said “Being a member of CARMBA means I’m not alone in this special journey. It’s that knowing smile another parent of multiples gives you when you walk in the room feeling like no one else in the world could possibly understand what you have been through the past week, no words need be exchanged, it's just a silent thumbs up ‘I've been there, I understand, it will be OK’.”

A variety of activities (see below) will be held during the week all over Canberra and on the NSW South Coast to celebrate, culminating in the Annual CARMBA Fun Day on Saturday 15 March 2014, from 2-5pm at the Holt Community Hub, Beaurepaire Cres, Holt. The Fun Day will feature a variety of activities including pony rides, a patting paddock, cubby house decorating and performances by Jam on Toast. Anyone interested in joining CARMBA and accessing the variety of services including hire pool, hospital visits, Family Support Program and social activities is encouraged to get more detail at www.carmba.org.au, contact 0411 883 844 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Media enquiries: For details on activities, photos or comments contact Karen Stewart-Moore on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0419 212 642

Multiple Birth Awareness Week Activities in the ACT and region

Bateman’s Bay catch up

Sun Mar 9, 2014, 10 am – noon EST

Come along to have a play date at this Corrigan's Beach playground. Bring a plate of food to share.
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Multiplay in the Park

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 10 am – 12:30 pm EST

A casual gathering in Queanbeyan Park, off Campbell Street.
Message This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

Ulladulla gathering

Tue Mar 11, 2014, 10 am – noon EST

This event is run by Milton-Ulladulla Family Support Service. Activities vary each week and the group provides childcare so parents can have a break.
Family Support 158 Green Street, Ulladulla

CARMBA general meetings

Tue Mar 11, 2014, 7:30 – 9:30 pm EST

Meetings are open to all, come along to Queen Elizabeth II Family Centre, 129 Carruthers Street, Curtin. To find out more email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Southside Gathering

Thu Mar 13, 2014, 10 am – noon EST

Come along to this casual gathering, the gathering is organised on CARMBA's Facebook group so email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like access to the group.

CARMBA's Fun Day

Sat Mar 15, 2014, 2–5 pm EST

Join us at CARMBA's biggest event of the year, the 2014 Fun Day! In 2014 we'll have fantastic entertainment by Jam On Toast, pony rides, reptile display, patting paddock, the Molonglo Rural Fire Service truck, jumping castles galore from CCC Jumpn' Castles, a visit by Capital Chemist's Billie Bilby, Puggy House decorating a family photo booth by Twins of Australia, a special play space for babies, face-painting, free sausage sizzle plus Black Magic Coffee and delicious Pure Gelato available for purchase. This year we're introducing a Breastfeeding and Baby Change facility sponsored by Huggies.

Location: Holt Community Hub, 80 Beaurepaire Cres, Holt RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.