Run the beach for all the lost babies

Wildcats player Matt Knight with his adorable baby daughter Mia. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d415237
Wildcats player Matt Knight with his adorable baby daughter Mia. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d415237

The City Beach event was founded in 2012 by West Coast Eagles physiotherapist Chris Perkin after the tragic loss of both his stillborn baby son Jake and his wife Cindy in 2009.

It is dedicated to anyone who has been affected by the loss of a child.

Knight said he was taking part in the event to help educate the community about the work of SIDS and Kids WA, supporting families bereaved by the loss of a baby or child through Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death.

‘SIDS, miscarriage and stillbirth aren’t issues you tend to consider until you become a parent yourself, which is the case for me since Mia was born eight weeks ago ” it’s something that now I’m very aware of,’ he said.

‘The more awareness we can help to raise the better, so I’m encouraging other families to register for the Sunshine Beach Run and help fund-raise for SIDS and Kids WA to make a difference.’

SIDS and Kids WA chief executive Gerry Walsh said the 2014 Sunshine Beach Run was set to be bigger and better than ever this year, thanks to the ongoing support and generosity of the community.

‘Money raised through the run will support SIDS and Kids WA’s new Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby campaign, which is being launched in 2014 throughout Western Australia,’ he said.

The Sunshine Beach Run incorporates a variety of race categories, including a 5km run and walk, a 3km run and walk, and a leisurely 1km walk or run.

For more information or to register for the Sunshine Beach Run, visit www.sunshinebeachrun.com.au