THE Shine for Samuel Charity Golf Day is a first-time Perth event hosted by parents in memory of their stillborn son.
The event aims to raise much needed funds for the Stillbirth Foundation Australia and Sands WA.
Samantha and Darren Fox said the event will be held on October 14.
The couple became involved with the organisation in memory of their son Samuel, who was stillborn at 31 weeks.
Mrs Fox said her husband was a keen golfer and they decided to hold the event and donate all the funds raised to the organisation.
Hillview Golf Course general manager and former professional golfer Michael Long has joined with the two charities to help make the fundraising day a success.
Six babies a day are stillborn in Australia.
“Hillview is so happy to be involved in the Shine for Samuel Charity Golf Day, understanding the importance and value that comes from both Stillbirth Foundation Australia and Sands WA in the wider community,” Long said.
“Supporting the day is our way to help raise funds towards understanding, research, prevention and support.
“We are proud to be able to contribute to these wonderful charities and make the day a success.”
President of Sands WA Janina Faulkner said the heartbreak following the death of a baby could be devastating.
“Our focus at Sands is to support and provide understanding and hope to parents as they navigate through their journey of grief,” she said.
“An astonishing 106,000 babies die each year across Australia through miscarriage, stillbirth or in the first 28 days of their life, yet the topic still remains a taboo.
“We want to change this; we want to ensure all parents that go through this devastation know that they are not alone and there are support services such as Sands available around the clock; no parent deserves to feel alone and isolated.
“We are very thankful for the support of the Shine for Samuel Golf Fundraiser which will help to raise funds and awareness of these important services.”
To register for the Golf Day ring 9454 5554 or email email@example.com.
If you cannot participate, but want to donate, visit www.stillbirthfoundation.org.au/donate
All proceeds go to research, education and prevention of stillbirth and to help provide support to bereaved parents.