In the second year running on the Fraser Coast, the Walk to Remember provides a comforting and safe space for bereaved parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, grandparents, and friends, a place where they can come together to honour and cherish the memory of their beloved little ones – forever in their hearts despite being gone from their arms.
The event will take place on Sunday, 1st October, marking the start of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Month, at the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
Event coordinators Kristy Barbour and Stephanie Whitcombe are organising the event in 2023 after both sharing an experience that no one ever wants to go through, the loss of a child. Together, they are passionate about honouring their babies and hope to enable others to share stories of their losses and feel comfort in knowing that they are not alone in their grief.
The Fraser Coast Walk to Remember is held in partnership with Red Nose and SANDS to coincide with Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month each October. The walk will be a family-friendly event that will include a remembrance service where you can say your babies’ names or light a candle in their honour, followed by a symbolic walk. After, participants will be invited to have a chat with other bereaved families over tea, coffee, and refreshments. As part of the registration, all participants will receive a pinwheel to raise in the air during the walk.
A small participation fee applies for the walk. To keep updated and to register, you can follow the ‘Fraser Coast Walk to Remember’ on Facebook.
For immediate support, call Red Nose Australia’s 24/7 Bereavement Support line on 1300 308 307.
Kristy and Steph would like to thank What’s On Fraser Coast Magazine, Fraser Coast Mates, Hervey Bay Advertiser and other local businesses that have offered their support in this year’s event.