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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

Shine Blue for River.

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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 aged between 1 month and 12 months of age.

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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Latest News & Events

All the latest News & Events from River’s Gift

GOR Run Festival Training Program

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We’re back and ready to pound the pavement for the Kieser Great Ocean Road Running Festival. The training will commence on Saturday 2 April and will include runs on a…

Geelong’s 2022 Construction Cup Success at 13th Beach Golf Course

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Geelong’s 2022 Construction Cup Success at 13th Beach Golf Course What a day! On Thursday, March 24th 2022 we were thrilled to be joined by 82 members of the construction…
Could genetics hold the key to preventing SIDS?

Could genetics hold the key to preventing SIDS?

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A state-of-the-art genetic biobank, funded exclusively by charitable organisation River’s Gift, could hold the key to preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome