Sunshine Beach Run: entries open for Red Nose fundraiser

Jonathon, Riley and Connor Kuuse. Picture: Bruce Hunt        d461709
Jonathon, Riley and Connor Kuuse. Picture: Bruce Hunt        d461709

ENTRIES have opened for the sixth annual Sunshine Beach Run, with the beach-based fun run returning to City Beach this month.

The event raises money for Red Nose (formerly SIDS and Kids) and event founder, West Coast Eagles physiotherapist Chris Perkins, hopes it will build upon the success of previous years.

“In 2016 we raised more than $150,000 and more than 1200 participants took to the sand for the event,” he said.

“We hope to break that record in 2017.”

The event will take place on February 19 from 8am at City Beach, and participants can walk or run 1km, 3km or 5km.

“The event is designed for all ages, including young children, to come along and be part of a bright, fun and positive event and remember a lost baby or child or simply raise money for a great cause,” Mr Perkins said.

Ambassadors Mark LeCras and Matt Pridis, from the West Coast Eagles, will support the event again, while new ambassadors Renae Wahoup and Carmen and Fitzi from 96FM will also take part and meet participants.

Mr Perkins founded the event in 2012 after losing his Jake, who was stillborn, and wife Cindy in 2009.

Money raised helps Red Nose continue research, education and counselling for grieving WA families.

Greenwood resident Suzanne Kuuse and husband David have participated in all but one Sunshine Beach Run since its launch six years ago. This summer Mrs Kuuse will join as a community ambassador.

In 2006, the couple were expecting twins. They already had a son and were excited about two babies.

“At our anatomy ultrasound, we were told one was not doing too well and a few days later, at just over 20 weeks, his heartbeat stopped,” she said. Mrs Kuuse soon went into labour with the remaining baby but lost it as well.

She had another miscarriage four months later, then in 2007 gave birth to another son.

“I felt like part of our family was missing and we went on to try again, had another miscarriage and then our youngest was born in 2009,” she said.

“In a five-year space I had six pregnancies, three gorgeous boys on earth, two heavenly angels and two little stars.”

In 2014, the family experienced another loss when her great nephew died at 10 weeks.

Mrs Kuuse said Red Nose (then SIDS and Kids) provided support getting her through stressful pregnancies and helping her make a network of friends.

Register at www.sunshinebeachrun.com.au.