- raised $170
- Goal $2,000
- Day left ENDED
River’s Gift was established in November 2011, to raise funds for research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The charity was created in honour of River Jak Adam Waddell, son of Alex and Karl Waddell, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep.
River was a healthy and happy baby boy, with no symptoms of any illness. He was put to bed in his cot, on his back, on the night of the 6 November – he was slept safely as per the recommended guidelines, breastfed by Alex who didn’t drink or smoke – yet still fell victim to this devastating condition.
River’s Gift has grown rapidly over the past five years and has formed a solid footprint in the world of SIDS research, having raised over $550,000 to date.
To date we have funded two Australian early-career researchers to undertake fellowships at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA. Working with the world’s leading SIDS research specialists, led by Professor Hannah Kinney, our researchers are specifically focusing on the development of neuro-diagnostic methods to allow the identification of infants who may have a vulnerability to SIDS.
It is research efforts like this, with leading scientific research teams, that promote the development of expert knowledge, new learnings, research findings and the enhancement of awareness across the globe.
River’s Gift, together with our devoted sponsors and supporters will SOS – Stamp Out SIDS!