Trash Bags sup­port SIDS cam­paign

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

AIR­LIE Beach Trash Bags roller derby skater Lucy Sawyer has made it her mis­sion to help raise funds and aware­ness for the SIDS and Kids foun­da­tion by host­ing an epic Ska8-a-thon at the Whit­sun­day PCYC for Red Nose Day on June 27.

She has taken the fundrais­ing cam­paign to a na­tional level and roller derby teams from across the coun­try will be com­ing to­gether on June 27 to host the big­gest joint fundraiser for SIDS and Kids in the his­tory of the sport in Aus­tralia.

Ms Sawyer knows only too well the im­pact a sud­den and un­ex­pected death of a baby or child can have on a fam­ily af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a cou­ple of her close friends loose a child to SIDS.

“It was heart­break­ing and I’ve do­nated to the foun­da­tion but I felt like that wasn’t enough,” she said.

“I now have the sup­port of SIDS and Kids Aus­tralia and Skate Vic­to­ria our in­surer, to run the event which will help fund vi­tal re­search into still­birth, SIDS and safe sleep­ing prac­tices.”

She said the event would also help pro­mote the sport of roller derby in Aus­tralia.

“There are 124 roller derby teams in Aus­tralia and we are hop­ing to raise $300 per team which will to­tal more than $37,000 in funds raised for the foun­da­tion,” Ms Sawyer said.

All teams will be con­duct­ing a two hour SK8-a-thon on Red Nose Day (June 27) in their home towns to col­lect do­na­tions for ei­ther the num­ber of laps com­pleted in the two hour pe­riod or to­tal time on the track.

All pro­ceeds from the event will be do­nated to the SIDS and Kids foun­da­tion.

More than 3500 fam­i­lies ex­pe­ri­ence the sud­den and un­ex­pected death of a baby or child, ei­ther through still­birth or dur­ing the first few months of life in Aus­tralia each year.

To get in­volved, pro­vide spon­sor­ship or make a do­na­tion, visit www.face­book.com/ sk8­for­sid­sand­kids.

RED NOSE DAY: Air­lie Beach Trash­bags mem­bers Kait­lyn Stevens, Emma 'B.T.Kil­lam' Gil­lan, event or­gan­iser Lucy 'Dr Lu­cid' Sawyer, Chris­tine 'Boss in Boots' Cleary, Demi Rus­sell, Ella Postans and Luchee 'Goldy Blocks' Postans will be fundrais­ing for SIDS Kids Red Nose Day through the Sk8-a-thon at the Whit­sun­day PCYC on June 27.

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