“River was only with us for only 128 days…but the footprint he has formed on this earth is remarkable. River’s legacy is ensuring that positive change is being felt across the globe, by way of helping create a safer and healthier world for our infants”

Learn more about River’s Story

In May 2020, Alex Hamilton shared her personal story of the loss of their precious baby River, to SIDS, in a podcast with International Speaker & Leadership Trainer, Janelle Johnston ( JJ ).

Listen to Alex’s podcast here

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.

Established in November 2011 by Karl Waddell and Alex Hamilton, these two devastated yet focused and determined parents were searching for answers surrounding the sudden and unexpected death of their healthy baby boy, their first child, River.  River passed away in his sleep at just 128 days old with no specific cause of death established after a thorough forensic investigation.

River’s Gift has evolved into a globally recognised cause, with thousands of supporters joining them in their mission of Stamping Out SIDS.

To date, River’s Gift has generated over $1 million and relies solely on the support of the community and corporate giving for raising the funds required to drive and implement their initiatives.

Our Mission…

River’s Gift is dedicated to ensuring all babies are safe whilst they sleep and supporting bereaved families.

We do this by:
  • Educating parents, caregivers and health professionals in Safe Sleep practices and SIDS
  • Funding world leading pathological SIDS research
  • Creating a platform of support and action for families touched by a SIDS loss
View our 2019 Audited Financial StatementsView our 2018/2019 Annual Report

Help is available for mental health or bereavement support during the COVID-19 crisis…

Many people are experiencing heightened anxiety and tension during this uncertain time of the COVID-19 crisis.  It’s important to seek help to ensure the safety of you and your family. If you or anyone you know needs support or information regarding mental health or bereavement support, there’s organisations who can help, 24/7. Please contact:

Lifeline on 13 11 14      Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636    MensLine Australia on 1300 78 99 78

Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800      Open Arms on 1800 011 046    Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467