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2019 Walks to Remember

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Our Walks to Remember are special annual events around Australia that bring bereaved parents together with their families and friends to commemorate their babies who’ve died, to share their experiences openly and to support each other.

Join fellow bereaved families in your area at your local walk this October in the following locations: (click on link to access dates, times and registration information)

Brisbane
Gold Coast
Townsville
Cairns
Mackay
Bundaberg
Sunshine Coast
Toowoomba
Rockhampton
Adelaide
Perth
Bunbury
Melbourne

Each of our local events has its own identity and history and is led by a group of Sands volunteer parent supporters. The walks attract so many local families each year and are just one of the ways Sands uses its model of peer support to companion parents on such a difficult road. We look forward to seeing you at one of our walk locations, but in the meantime, stay up to date with your local event happenings on our Facebook Event pages.

Sands welcomes the Federal Government’s response to the senate stillbirth inquiry’s report

Sands welcomes the Federal Government’s response to the senate stillbirth inquiry’s report, published this week.

We commend the Government’s priorities to reduce the rate of stillbirth in Australia and provide the best possible support services for families experiencing stillbirth.

The provision of $52.4 million to support families experiencing grief following the death of a child recognises the profound impact that perinatal loss has on families and addresses this by enabling the development of new support, research, education and awareness programs.

Sands particularly looks forward to further developing our pilot Hospital to Home program, an intensive support service that will commence while bereaved mothers are in hospital and continue when the family returns home.

Hospital to Home will provide a trained support person to provide tailored assistance to each bereaved family following stillbirth, with the aim of helping them adjust to life without their baby and navigating the often-bewildering range of medical and administrative tasks required when a baby has died.

On behalf of past, present and future bereaved families, we thank Minister Greg Hunt and the Morrison Government for making the support of bereaved parents a key component of the Australian Government’s approach to tackling stillbirth.

International Day of Friendship Events

"My friends have supported me and comforted me. How do I ever thank them? I don’t know. I probably haven’t said it enough, consumed as I am by grief. But I have told them that I love them, that this will get easier, and one day we will go dancing again.” – Nicky

This July Sands wants to recognise the friends who 'stepped up' in your time of need - those who reached out, turned up, remembered, acknowledged, and accepted.

We're extending an invitation to our friends and your friends to come together to celebrate friendship in all its forms at one of our International Day of Friendship social events in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth &
Brisbane.

VIC

Sat 3 August

10am-12pm

The Coach, Upstairs

33 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood

RSVP: 03 8595 2400

 

SA

Sun 4 August

2.30pm

Minor Works Building

22 Stamford Court, Adelaide

RSVP: 0477 014 775

 

QLD

Sat 27 July

2pm

Sands House

505 Bowen Tce, New Farm

RSVP: 3254 3422

 

WA

Sat 27 July

4pm

Wolf Lane Bar

321 Murray St, Perth

RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Walk to Remember Coordinators Needed

Townsville Walk to Remember

The Walk to Remember is a major event in the Sands calendar each October with family-friendly events across Australia involving a public memorial service and a ceremonial walk to symbolise the steps our babies never got to take.

Sands is now recruiting for volunteer roles including Walk Coordinators in Townsville, Adelaide and Melbourne (West and South East).

We also have events planned in Cairns, Mackay, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Brisbane, and Perth. We would welcome expressions of interest for any of our sites for volunteer roles including:

Ahead of the events

• Seeking in-kind donations including raffle prizes
• Assisting with promotion,
• Grant applications

On the day

• Walk marshals
• First aid (with appropriate qualification)
• Photography
• Merchandise table
• Raffle ticket sales
• Looking after the memory making craft table
• Face painting
• Bake stall/baking
• Reading
• Music

To register your interest in one of the above volunteer roles please complete our online form

We look forward to hearing from you.