Victoria Park parents have a Red Nose for fundraising


Rikki Stewart and Lara Parsons (back) with Toys in the Park staff member Sarah Hayward and her daughter Alexandra Moran (4).
Rikki Stewart and Lara Parsons (back) with Toys in the Park staff member Sarah Hayward and her daughter Alexandra Moran (4).

PARENTS are being offered the chance to hear the latest research and advice on safe sleeping and child safety as part of a fundraising night in Victoria Park.

Toys in the Park will hold a Red Nose Day fundraiser from 5pm to 8pm on June 29 for the first time to raise money for Kensington-based Red Nose, which helps families who have experienced the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child.

Red Nose fundraising co-ordinator Rikki Stewart said a talk and question and answer session would be a part of the evening.

“The feedback we get from some people is that we are an organisation that helps sick babies and that’s not what we do at all,” she said.

“We’ll be talking about the recommendations for parents, safety tips, research and our bereavement services, which aren’t well-known.”

Shop owner Lara Parsons said she was drawn to the idea of the fundraiser because she thought it was a suitable idea given the store’s clientele.

“It’s something that is so important in the community. There are families in the area who are grieving because they have had children that have passed away,” she said.

“With things like Doctor Google, it’s nice to have an organisation like Red Nose who cut the crap and give you rules to follow.

“It’s (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) not something that is spoken about because people don’t want to bring it up, but it is something happening around the community and we are hoping people come to the fundraiser.”

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