As the Member for South Perth and also a member of the Royal Perth Golf Club, I am very proud that the club has supported SIDS and Kids Western Australia with $25,000 in funding for a new Community Room and teleconference equipment in the SIDS Kensington facility.
The RPGC holds an annual charity golf day at which it raises funds to assist local community groups. This is yet another example of those funds being put to a very worthwhile cause.
In Western Australia, every year 270 babies are stillborn, 63 babies die before reaching one month of age and 14 babies die before seeing their first birthday. The staff at SIDS and Kids work tirelessly with the aim of saving the lives of babies and children throughout pregnancy and after birth and to support those families who are grieving over the loss of a child.
The new Room will offer the community free access to a loss library, healthy pregnancy and baby library, a children’s corner and training room facilities.
The new teleconference equipment will enable SIDS and Kids to have the capacity to provide education and support to rural and remote communities and hospitals in Western Australia. This will significantly impact their program to reduce the risk of sudden unexpected infant death in Aboriginal communities, where they previously only had capacity to visit remote communities every 1 to 2 years.
I congratulate the Royal Perth Golf Club and SIDS and Kids for working together to make the new Community Room possible.