Stepping out for Sands
Nicola de Bruin and Heather Kentsley are taking great strides to help the baby loss support group Sands.
The friends are members of a team of five women who will be walking continuously for 12 hours to raise money for they work they do.
It’s a cause close to their heart as Mrs de Bruin’s son Antonie was stillborn.
They will do laps of Western Springs on Saturday from 7am to 7pm. The event will also commemorate what would be Antonie’s fifth birthday.
Mrs de Bruin did the same event in Melbourne for his first birthday, raising $9000 for the Australian equivalent of Sands at a time when it was “a lot more raw”.
She says to get people to reach into their pockets she had to come up with something to get their attention.
The concept wasn’t supposed to be easy, so they could show how committed they were to the cause and raise people’s awareness.
“We want to push ourselves so it is something we are achieving.”
They invite people to join them for a few laps or have a picnic there on the day, and are hoping to curb boredom by having different people to talk to.
The women will only stop during the 12 hours to use the toilet and they will eat on the run.
They are expecting friends and supporters to come and visit for part of the day, and will have a sausage sizzle.
Balloons will be released at the end and people are invited to write a message on the balloon to Antonie or their own loved ones.
A meeting point with a Sands banner will be situated near the playground at Western Springs.
There will be donation boxes at the event, or people can make a donation by contacting Mrs de Bruin on 021-323-081 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Power walk: Nicola de Bruin and Heather Kentsley are ready to walk for 12 hours to raise money for Sands.