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#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:

* Check out the Hannah's Foundation web site and share the information with your friends and loved ones:

* "Like" the Hannah's Foundation Facebook page and share it:

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,


#2 MintyBiscuit

Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:36 AM


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 SuboptimallyPooks

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 JingleBlitzenBells

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.


#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 Fright bat

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


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 JazzyWeasel

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 .

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