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Sands Online Auction - Now Open

We are pleased to launch our first ever silent auction. All funds raised will go to supporting more bereaved families across Australia.

The auction includes some very exciting items, including:

  • A 4 night stay for 2 people at a luxury resort in the Hunter Valley;
  • A 7 night stay for 6 people at a luxury villa in Bali;
  • A private sailing experience for 10 people in Sydney;
  • An evening with a private chef and waiter in your own home (Melbourne only);
  • and many more.

Anyone can bid in two easy steps:

1. Register to bid on the Sands auction site -

2. Bid your maximum amount on your favourite item(s).

The winning bid when the auction closes on Friday, 21 April at 5pm (AEST) wins the item.

Happy bidding!

New Support Groups for New South Wales

GroupSupportMiscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death support charity, Sands Australia, is re-launching local support services in New South Wales, after a 16 year absence in the state.

Local face-to-face support groups for parents who have experienced pregnancy loss and newborn death will start in the inner west and northern suburbs of Sydney and Central Coast region from 24 April 2017.

Sands CEO, Andre Carvalho said; Although Sands support services are available nationally through our Telephone Support Line, Email and Live Chat facilities, we are very excited to have re-established a physical presence in New South Wales.

New South Wales parents will now be able to attend local face-to-face support groups and benefit from meeting and connecting with other parents who are experiencing the heartache of pregnancy loss and newborn death.

Over 29,200 babies die as a result miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death in New South Wales each year.

All Sands’ support services, including local face-face support groups are facilitated by Volunteer Parent Supporters who understand the pain and devastation that follows the death of a baby, as they too have experienced it.

Tina Riley, one of the facilitators of the face-to-face support groups, says she hopes that she can help bereaved parents feel less isolated and scared.

Tina’s first born, Charlie died two minutes after he was born. She soon fell pregnant with her daughter Neve, who was born sleeping at 41 weeks. Tina went on to have Maya, now 8 and Zack who is now 6 years old.

I know firsthand what it is like to have your baby die. To feel so alone and not know where to go.

After Charlie and Neve’s death the midwives where amazing but apart from information about funeral services, there was no other information. I had no idea what was to come and where I could get support from.

As the days, months and years passed, I felt increasingly isolated. We had nowhere to turn to and no one who really understood to talk to. Said Tina.

Tina only come across Sands some years after Charlie and Neve’s death. Hugely impressed with the support on offer, she trained to become a Volunteer Parent Supporter with Sands and began using her experience to help other grieving parents.

To bereaved parents reading this, please know that you are not alone and that your baby will never be forgotten. It is a hard journey – an emotional rollercoaster with many twists and turns. Please know that Sands is here for you to listen, comfort, support and guide you whenever you feel like reaching out.

Sands will continue to establish more local services in New South Wales, including running more face-to face support groups, memorials and other events and information sessions for midwives and healthcare professionals.

Local Face- to Face Support Group Meetings Details

Inner West Sands Face-to- Face Support Group - Rozelle
Last Wednesday of the each month, commencing 26 April 2017
7.00pm 9.00pm
Hannaford Community Centre, 608 Darling Street, Rozelle, NSW 2260
More information: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact 03 9895 8700
Northern Suburb Sands Face-to-Face Support Group – Eastwood
Last Wednesday of each month, commencing 26 April 2017
7.00pm 9.00pm
Brush Farm House, 19 Lawson Street, Eastwood, NSW 2122
More information: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact 03 9895 8700
Central Coast Group Sands Face-to-Face Support Group
Last Monday of each month, commencing 24 April 2017
7.00pm 9.00pm
Laura’s Place, 449 Tumbi Road, Wamberal, NSW, 2260
More information: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact 03 9895 8700

Take Part in Run Melbourne 30 July 2017

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Walk, Jog or Run for bereaved parents across Australia!

Join Sands' Run Melbourne team today and walk, jog or run through the iconic streets of Melbourne to raise vital funds for Sands.

Your efforts will help us continue to provide essential support to parents and families following the the heartbreak of miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death.

Every year, in Australia, over 96,000 parents are faced with the tragedy of pregnancy loss and newborn death. If you or a loved one has gone through such a devastating loss, you will understand why our task is so important.

All #TeamSands members will recieve a free Sands running singlet and visor. You will also be invited to join our private Run Melbourne Facebook group and a chance to make a real differnce to the thounsands of families who go through such devstating loss.

Join #TeamSands today in 2 easy steps

Ready to get started? We'd love to have you on our team! Register today in 2 simple steps:

1. Join #TeamSands

Sign up for your own individaul fundraising page where you can share your story and recieve donations of support. If you would like to run with friends, family or colleagues, please also ask them to register their fundraising page. Sign up now

2. Book your entry to run

Register on the Run Melbourne website. If you are running with a group, each participant must register to take part in the event.

Already registered with Run Melbourne but not fundraising for any charity? It's not too late to fundraise for Sands, click on the sign up now link below to register your fundraising page and welcome to #TeamSands.

Recruiting Now! Volunteer Parent Supporters, Sydney Metro Area

can you help sign

  • Are you a bereaved parent who has been through the heartache of a pregnancy loss or newborn death?
  • Would you like to help other bereaved parents during their time of intense grief?
  • Has it been more than 12 months since you lost your baby?
  • Do you live in or around the Sydney Metro area?
  • Are you free to attend two full days of training in Sydney (Hornsby area) on Saturday, 25th & Sunday 26th February?

If YES, we would love to hear from you.

Sands is excited to announce we are again extending our local presence in NSW and we are looking to recruit and train up to six new volunteers to facilitate support meetings for bereaved parents.

Interested in applying or finding out more information?

Complete the Volunteer Expression Form and we will be in touch. If you have completed one of these forms already, we will be in touch with you in the near future.