Trash Bags support SIDS campaign
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.