Vae­len’s mem­ory lives

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

A BABY dol­phin has been named in hon­our of Bent­ley tod­dler Vae­len He­witt, who died a year ago due to Sud­den Un­ex­plained Death in Child­hood (SUDC).

Ac­cord­ing to SIDS and Kids, SUDC is a rare con­di­tion that oc­curs mainly in tod­dlers aged one to five.

Vae­len’s aunt Lynette He­witt – who raised nearly $65,000 for SIDS and Kids by swim­ming 40km to Rotto and back – wel­comed the dol­phin’s nam­ing af­ter a com­pe­ti­tion by Rock­ing­ham Wild En­coun­ters.

The tour op­er­a­tor con­ducts Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife­sanc­tioned dol­phin swims in Cock­burn Sound, with the name sug­ges­tion ac­cu­mu­lat­ing 250 votes on its so­cial me­dia net­works page.

“Dol­phins were his and his mum Britt’s thing they would look for ev­ery day they walked,” the fam­ily’s ap­peal ex­plained.

“Since then, dol­phins seem to al­ways be nearby and their play­ful na­ture and cheek­i­ness re­minds us of our beau­ti­ful lit­tle Vae­len.”

Rock­ing­ham Wild En­coun­ters’ Holly Tate said the baby’s mother Ul­cer was one of the Sound’s old­est and favourite dol­phins, who got her name from her sucker fish scar, and she and the baby of­ten came to swim with peo­ple on the tours.

“It’s not known the gen­der of the baby as it’s hard to see at this stage and we be­lieve the baby is four weeks old,” she said.

The ap­peal is open un­til April 30 at red­nose­day2015.ev­eryd ay­­te­he­witt-hot­mail-com.

Baby Vae­len, named for Bent­ley tod­dler Vae­len He­witt, with his mother Ul­cer.

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