Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on October 15

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PREGNANCY and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on October 15 is a day to remember all the babies which have been lost during pregnancy or birth.

John and Kate De’Laney have lost seven babies during pregnancy and so have dedicated themselves to raising awareness about pregnancy and infant loss.

They petitioned the Western Australian Parliament and in 2013 Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day was formally declared in Western Australia.

New South Wales and Tasmania recognised the day in 2011 and 2016 respectively.

But recognition by Parliament simply wasn’t enough for John and Kate, who wanted something that people could see and recognise.

In 2013 Perth was lit in pink and blue in support of the babies whose lives had been lost, making Perth the only capital city in the Southern Hemisphere lit in those colours.

This year John and Kate have gone even further and now buildings and landmarks in every capital city in Australia will be lit in pink and blue.

John and Kate are hoping to have this day recognised officially by a the Parliament of Australia as well, and for them to reach this goal they must have a ground swell of support within the community.

They have started an online petition which can be found at www.change.org.

The International Wave of Light will also take place at 7.00pm.

To join this, light a candle or turn on your porch light at 7.00pm for 10 minutes on October 15.

The International Wave of Light aims to create a light around the whole world, the idea being an observer from space could see this light in remembrance of the babies.

You can also join the digital wave of light, by taking a photo of your candle and posting it to Facebook or Twitter using #WaveOfLight at 7pm.