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Sands Walks 2017 - Locations Announced

Each year, a number of events are organised in October by Sands volunteers across Austrlaia to coincide with 15 October - International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Below are more details and how you can get involved. Keep watching this page for more dates or updates.

Melbourne Walk of Hope

Date - Sunday, 8 October 2017

Time – 10.30am – 1.30pm

Venue – The Boulevard Playground Area, Ruffey Lake Park, The Boulevard, Doncaster

Cost: $10 per adult, $3 per child over 3 years old.

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The Sands Vic Walk of Hope is supported by Manningham City Council's Community Grant Program.

Sydney Walk To Remember

Date - Sunday, 15 October 2017

Time – 10.00am 

Venue - Homestead Park, Chipping North (Liverpool area) 

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Mackay Walk To Remember

Date - Sunday, 15 October 2017

Time – 9.00am 

Venue - Malta Gardens, Mackay Botanical Gardens

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Townsville Walk To Remember

Date - Sunday, 8 October 2017

Time – 7.00am for 8.00am service start

Venue - The Strand, Townsville

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Brisbane Walk To Remember

Date - Sunday, 15 October 2017

Time – 10.00am 

Venue - New Farm Park, Riverview Section

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Gold Coast Walk To Remember

Date - Sunday, 15 October 2017

Time – 10.00am

Venue - Cascade Gardens, Broadbeach

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Cairns Walk To Remember

Date - Sunday, 15 October 2017

Time – 8.30am

Venue - 54 The Esplanade, Cairns

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Sunshine Coast Walk To Remember

Date - Sunday, 15 October 2017

Time – 8.30am 

Venue - Maroochy Botanic Gardens, Sunshine Coast

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Bundaberg Walk To Remember

Date - Sunday, 15 October 2017

Time – 9.00am 

Venue - Baldwin Swamp Environmental Park

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Kenmore Walk To Remember

Date - Sunday, 15 October 2017

Time – 2.00pm 

Venue - Oval at Our Lady of the Rosary School, 1 Kenmore Road, Kenmore

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Adelaide Walk

Date - Sunday, 15 October 2017

Time – 10.30am – 1.00pm

Venue - Thorndon Park Reserve, Hamilton Terrace, Paradise

Butterflies can be purchased for $25.00 until 1 October 2017.

Register online at https://www.stickytickets.com.au/55635

We have a new home and phone number

Sands Australia have moved offices effective 1 August 2017.

Our new address and phone number are:

Level 2, 990 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill, Victoria, 3128

T: 03 8652 5020

New Face-to-Face Support Groups in NSW

Sands is delighted to have recently launched Sands Face-to-Face Support Groups in Sydney and the Central Coast.

Like all Sands services, the 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.

"Local face-to-face support groups are a great way to feel supported and share your story in a safe environment. The groups also provide valuable opportunities to meet and connect with other parents who are going through similar heartache and devastation", says Janelle Marshall, General Manager Services.

The groups meet once a month:

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

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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

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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

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Sands also runs support groups throughout Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland. For more information click here

Sands Australia Welcomes Funding Boost

Sands Australia welcomes the recent decision by the Australian Government to increase the charity’s funding by a further $640,000 over the next two years.

The much needed increase will allow Sands to further expand our reach and support services to a greater number of bereaved families across Australia whilst also allowing the charity to develop a new programme of activities to improve the care and support families receive by healthcare professionals, funeral home directors and employers.

Sands is a not-for-profit organisation that provides emotional support, information and hope to parents and families who experience the death of a baby. All Sands Volunteer Parent Supporters understand the heartbreak and devastation that follows the death of a baby, as they too have experienced it.

Sands Australia CEO Andre Carvalho said that the $1.46 million to be provided over the next two years – up from $822,000 – would go a long way to supporting Sands vision of an Australia where no bereaved family is left feeling alone and isolated following the death of a baby.

"Despite the many advances in technology, research and medicine in the last decade, the rates of early pregnancy loss, stillbirth and newborn deaths has not changed. Sadly, approximately 96,000 Australian families experience the death of a baby each year.” Mr Carvalho said.

"Since first receiving funding from the Australian Government in July 2011, Sands has made great strides in supporting bereaved parents. We launched our National 24/7 Support Line and our live web chat support services, distributed key resources and delivered thousands of information sessions to midwives and healthcare professionals across Australia."

"Under the increased funding, Sands Australia will now be able to reach more parents, distribute more brochures and resources to where they are needed and train healthcare professionals, funeral home directors and employers on how to provide high quality care and support to bereaved families." Concludes Mr Carvalho.

Sands would like to thank the Australian Government for recognising the need for bereaved families to have access to support and information. Whilst this funding boost is welcomed, Sands will continue to work hard to develop philanthropic relationships with individuals and corporate organisations to ensure we can continue to grow and meet our vision of supporting all families that experience the death of a baby.