Loss spurs couple to help others

Kate and John Delaney with their daughter Mary-Jane (2).
Kate and John Delaney with their daughter Mary-Jane (2).

Struggling to understand how to grieve it was suggested he ring SIDS and Kids WA, a community organisation supporting families who have suffered the loss of a baby through sudden infant death syndrome, miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.

From there he found the help he needed.

Today Mr Delaney volunteers as a peer support worker for the service that he once turned to in his time of need, while his wife attends university to study counselling.

‘My wife and I decided we wanted to do whatever we could to make sure that other people didn’t go through what we did,’ he said.

‘I guess as men, traditionally, we’re expected to hide it, but we grieve just as much.

‘As a peer support worker it’s great to be able to show men that there is support out there for them too and that there is someone to talk to.’

Mr Delaney is quite the community hero. In December he was one of two men who provided aid to a pilot and his passenger after they crash-landed a homemade plane onto a South Lake oval.

Now he is pushing for people to take part in the Sunshine Beach Run on March 16 to raise money for SIDS and Kids WA.

‘The thing with the peer support service is that it doesn’t matter if you’ve just lost a child or if your loss was 10 years ago,’ he said.

‘If you need to talk to someone about that loss there are people who are able to help who have been through what you have.’

The run, which will be held at City Beach, incorporates a variety of race categories suitable for people of all abilities.

For more information, visit sunshinebeachrun.com.au.