Melanie Andrew Manning lost her precious daughter Mylee in 2012. She explains why families need the Australian community to get involved in Red Nose Day this year.

** A warning that some readers may find the following content distressing.

“My name is Mel and I lost my precious daughter Mylee in 2012, sadly we just had Mylee’s seven year anniversary.

“I have been hosting a Red Nose Day fundraiser now for 7 years.

“I will always support Red Nose Day because I know first hand how valuable it is for grieving parents – when you’re going through the nightmare of pain and grief, Red Nose brings the support you need to make it through the day. 

“I’m not sure we would have survived had we not been able to positively channel our grief into supporting Red Nose Day. 

The funds raised from last year’s Red Nose Day helped:

  • 800 new families access free, 24/7 support
  • Teach 250,000 parents and carers about safe sleeping
  • Train 10,000 health and childcare professionals how to keep babies safe.

But this work is only possible when people like us get involved.

That’s why I truly believe that taking part in Red Nose Day is so important. And I hope you will join with me this year and get involved too.

There are lots of ways you can get involved – from buying or selling merchandisehosting your own fundraisermaking a donation, or getting silly for a serious cause.

Whichever way you choose to be part of Red Nose Day, you will be making a real and lasting difference for families and most of all helping to stop little lives being cut short.”

Read our story about Chase Manning, Mylee’s brother, and his fundraising here.

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