Butterfly Coordinators are volunteers who distribute Butterfly on behalf of Sands Queensland to their local hospitals. Their aim is to facilitate a positive relationship with hospitals and within their community. Coordinators can also help with further donations of clothing and blankets. The memory bags themselves are there to help encourage creating memories for parents with their babies, and as coordinators we understand how precious those memories are.
If you would like to donate or become involved in the program, you can contact Lyndell at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lyndell Price – email@example.com
In 2011 my first child and daughter Charlotte was stillborn. Through Sands Queensland I was lucky to find the support and friendship of other bereaved parents and I know what a difference this has made to my grief journey. I began volunteering at Sands as a way to do something practical and help others, and found that it actually helped me most of all. In 2013 I launched the memory bag program Butterfly: a gift for bereaved parents and this year have begun recruiting others from around the state to help distribute the bags and provide much needed support to newly bereaved parents. My hope is that every parent whose baby dies, no matter the gestation, has the chance to spend time with, grieve for and remember their child as they wish. This is my way of helping that to happen.
Kate Minto – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hi my name is Kate and I am the proud mother of four beautiful children, three here with me today and one whom has grown his wings. In 2011 I lost my precious baby boy, Fletcher after 80 days of life. With the help of Sands Queensland I found myself inspired by other parents and I made a resolution to my son that I will honour his memory by helping newly bereaved parents. I am a volunteer and parent supporter with Sands Queensland and when the role to become a Butterfly Coordinator came up it felt right for me to put my hand up to do this for my son and the other families in my community. Being a coordinator has shown me how much community spirit there is here in Cairns and I am so proud of what we are making for other families. I know each item is made with love and is something that not only looks beautiful but is practical. Every life matters!