THE ART OF HOPE

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS - Lynn Gri­er­son

MIS­CAR­RIAGE, still­birth and new­born death sup­port group Sands will hold its third an­nual art ex­hi­bi­tion Art for Hope at Hay­ward Stu­dio in Kala­munda next month.

The ex­hi­bi­tion of paint­ings by renowned and emerg­ing artists aims to in­spire hope to the thou­sands of par­ents and fam­i­lies af­fected by the death of a baby be­fore, dur­ing or shortly af­ter birth.

Ex­hibit­ing artists will do­nate a per­cent­age from sales to help fund around-the-clock sup­port ser­vices pro­vided by the not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Sands WA vol­un­teer par­ent sup­porter Wayne Faulkner, who lives in Kala­munda, said art had a role in help­ing peo­ple heal.

“Art is well known for its healing qual­i­ties, whether you are cre­at­ing it or view­ing it,” he said.

“We hope this ex­hi­bi­tion pro­vides some com­fort, light and hope to thou­sands of fam­i­lies who go through this heart­break

ev­ery year.”

Wayne knows first­hand the pain that fol­lows the death of a baby, hav­ing lost two chil­dren through mis­car­riage.

More than 11,300 ba­bies in WA die ev­ery year be­cause of new­born death and loss in preg­nancy.

The Sands net­work of­fers emo­tional sup­port, in­for­ma­tion and hope to fam­i­lies, and ed­u­ca­tion and re­sources for health­care pro­fes­sion­als.

Sands Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive An­dre Car­valho is call­ing on the com­mu­nity to sup­port the event.

“An as­ton­ish­ing 96,000 ba­bies die each year across Aus­tralia through mis­car­riage, still­birth or in the first 28 days of their life, yet the topic re­mains taboo,” he said.

“We want to change this; we want to en­sure all par­ents who go through this dev­as­ta­tion know that they are not alone.”

Ring the Sands sup­port line on 1300 072 637 or visit www. sands.org.au.

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