HELP VITAL SERVICE
LOSING a baby from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or going through the trauma of a stillbirth is something no family should ever experience.
But for those who do, the support they can find at SIDS and Kids WA is priceless.
Chief executive Gerry Walsh said the money raised from this year's Sunshine Beach Run would go directly towards boosting the organisation’s counselling service, directly helping those families most in need.
“We really just need some more people so that we can provide that support,” he said.
Mr Walsh said the more people who got on board with the run, the better service the
organisation could provide – a service most people do not know exists until they need it.
For Subiaco personal trainer Matt Fuller, being blessed with two healthy children is enough reason to battle through knee soreness to take part in the run.
“I can't imagine as a parent what it would be like to lose a child,” Mr Fuller said.
“Having healthy beautiful children is a blessing and it’s great to bring awareness to this cause.”
The former rugby league player will walk the 5km Community Newspaper Groupsponsored event after training about 10 HIF staff members for the 5km run.
West Coast Eagles physiotherapist Chris Perkin founded the event in 2012 after he lost both his unborn son Jake, whose heart stopped while he was still in the womb, and his wife Cindy in 2009.