Jordana and Alistair lost their little boy Kai on March 25th 2016.
Like so many parents affected by stillbirth, they wanted to raise awareness about its prevalence as well as funds for research to help find answers.
Knowing that they wanted to do a bike ride, they located the beautiful Orica Winery Ride which allowed them to participate with supportive friends. Don’t let the reference to wineries fool you – this was hardly a gentle meander!
Their fundraising efforts resulted in over $11,00 donated to the Stillbirth Foundation and an opportunity to remember Kai.
On Saturday 26th 2016 Anne-Maree Polimeni and Alan Wilson held a cocktail party and silent auction to raise awareness and funds for stillbirth research.
The event was held in honour of their third son, Rafael who was stillborn in 2015. The date of the event would have marked Rafael’s 12 month anniversary.
The event raised $25,000 which is a herculean effort and will make a difference in supporting future research.
October 15 marked International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day and we were honoured to attend a memorial ceremony held at Woronora Memorial Park. The event included a candlelight ceremony to partake in the international wave of light and also saw the unveiling of a permanent memorial for Landon Max Baggett and all stillborn babies.
Although these babies are loved and remembered everyday, this particular day is a day for parents, siblings, grandparents and families to very publicly remember their babies. We hope that one day soon, everyday will feel more comfortable publicly remembering these lost lives.
View images from the event below.
When Adam’s good friends lost their baby Evie, he wanted to do something that would make a difference. So he decided to fundraise for stillbirth research. He decided to have a ‘beard shave off’ of his gloriously long beard and get people to donate. With enough donations he also volunteered to dye his beard and wear the colour for a week.
Once the community of Bunyip heard about his efforts, the town got together to hold a community day for families with the great ‘shave off’ as the highlight of the day. Local businesses helped to sponsor the family day and over $8,000 was raised by Adam and his family for Stillbirth Foundation in Evie’s name.
This is an incredible example of an event that raised awareness of stillbirth and also raised valued funds for future research.
You can see the great ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics of Adam below.
These men have found interesting ways to raise money for a necessary cause – stillbirth research. From beard shaves to running in costumes, multiple marathons or trivia nights. The methods employed are noteworthy and creative in their efforts to #supportadad. This can (and should) be done all year round but September is noteworthy since Father’s Day occurs in this month and can be another one of those difficult ‘celebration’ dates.
This enterprising supporter added an extra $50 to their fundraising efforts by holding a cupcake stall with these delicious home-made delicacies.