As many grieving parents know, the journey after our losses is full of milestones such as anniversaries that are painful and emotional to live through. We all have our own ways to cope with these days but many of us have the same thought – we want to honour and remember our babies in a meaningful way.
That was parents Andrea and Jonathon’s thought as well whose precious twin girls Chloe and Olivia died almost a year ago.
As the first anniversary of their passing approaches, they wanted to do something special to commemorate the day. The idea for a high tea fundraiser was born. ‘We wanted something where people come together socially, can enjoy themselves and we can raise funds for Sands at the same time’, mum Andrea explains. Organising the event has helped her to keep a positive focus and to keep her grief a little at bay as the emotional anniversary approaches. Andrea and Jonathon describe the last year as their hardest ever and are very grateful for the support they received from Sands. ‘They were there, connected me to support groups that I can’t live without and other services’, Andrea says. For the help they received, they would like to give something back with their fundraiser.
The High Tea Fundraiser will take place on Sunday, July 9, at 12pm at the RACV Royal Pines Resort. The event is not to be missed. Besides a scrumptious high tea, there also will be a lucky door prize and a raffle to be won. A lot of small businesses have contributed generously to the raffle and lots of great prizes are up for grabs. If you can’t attend or live interstate but still would like to contribute, you can buy raffle tickets and might be the lucky winner of one of the prizes. To buy tickets, people are encouraged to pay cash where possible to the organizer or to transfer money to account 183991, BSB 812170, account name Michelle Shields. Raffle is $2 each or 3 for $5.
Post written by Sands Queensland volunteer, Karin Holmes