Kylie Pussell and Danielle Hodgson, the 123rd and 124th people I’ve met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, work for an extraordinary organisation.

Miracle Babies Foundation supports premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them.

Kylie is mother to three surviving miracle babies. She co-founded Miracle Babies in 2005, along with seven other mothers. All of them had been through difficult pregnancies and felt they hadn’t received the right kind of medical and psychological care. So they decided to do something about it.

Over the past 15 years, Miracle Babies has grown from a volunteer organisation that works with one hospital in Sydney to a full-time charity that supports hospitals all over Australia.

Kylie is now the CEO of Miracle Babies, while Dani is a donor engagement officer who manages key corporate relationships and raises much-needed funds. 

As Kylie and Dani explained, one of the causes Miracle Babies is advocating for is a national breast milk donor pool – so women with extra milk could donate their surplus to mothers who give birth to premature babies and can’t supply milk of their own.