Nose for fundrais­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

PAR­ENTS are be­ing of­fered the chance to hear the lat­est re­search and ad­vice on safe sleep­ing and child safety as part of a fundrais­ing night in Vic­to­ria Park.

Toys in the Park will hold a Red Nose Day fundraiser from 5pm to 8pm on June 29 for the first time to raise money for Kens­ing­ton-based Red Nose, which helps fam­i­lies who have ex­pe­ri­enced the sud­den and un­ex­pected death of a baby or child.

Red Nose fundrais­ing co-or­di­na­tor Rikki Ste­wart said a talk and ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion would be a part of the evening.

“The feed­back we get from some peo­ple is that we are an or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps sick ba­bies and that’s not what we do at all,” she said.

“We’ll be talk­ing about the rec­om­men­da­tions for par­ents, safety tips, re­search and our be­reave­ment ser­vices, which aren’t well-known.”

Shop owner Lara Par­sons said she was drawn to the idea of the fundraiser be­cause she thought it was a suit­able idea given the store’s clien­tele.

“It’s some­thing that is so im­por­tant in the com­mu­nity. There are fam­i­lies in the area who are grieving be­cause they have had chil­dren that have passed away,” she said.

“With things like Doc­tor Google, it’s nice to have an or­gan­i­sa­tion like Red Nose who cut the crap and give you rules to fol­low.

“It’s (Sud­den In­fant Death Syn­drome) not some­thing that is spo­ken about be­cause peo­ple don’t want to bring it up, but it is some­thing hap­pen­ing around the com­mu­nity and we are hop­ing peo­ple come to the fundraiser.”

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