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River’s Gift evolved from a simple pledge following the death of River Waddell to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in November 2011. This pledge was to Stamp Out SIDS and ensure that no other parent would endure the pain and suffering of the unexpected and unexplained loss of their precious child.

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Karl, Alex and River

River’s Gift is Australia’s solely SIDS focused charity, dedicated to funding world leading scientific research, providing safe sleep education and raising awareness of this devastating syndrome.

SIDS is still one of the largest causes of death of children from 1 month to 1 year.

On July 2nd 2011, our beautiful baby boy and first child, River Jak Adam was born, weighing 7lb 3oz. He was perfect in every way.

– As told by River’s Mum

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Shine Blue for River’s Gift

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Join River’s Gift and shine blue on 7th November 2020, for River's 9th Anniversary
Karl, Alex and River

128 Gifts

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River was alive for 128 days. Thank you to everyone who has donated $128 in honour of his 9th birthday. Donate today and help us Stamp Out SIDS.

SIDS Genetic Research in Australia

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River's Gift fund ground-breaking 3- year SIDS genetic research project in Australia, with the University of South Australia and The University of Adelaide.