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Monday, 21 June 2004
Page: 30886


Mr BARTLETT (1:49 PM) —This Friday, 25 June, is Red Nose Day—Australia's national fundraising day dedicated to raising awareness and funding research into the causes of sudden infant death syndrome. SIDS, also known as cot death, tragically takes the lives of approximately 100 Australian babies each year. It is in fact the major cause of death in Australian children between the ages of one month and one year. Red Nose Day was first conducted in 1988, when it raised $1.3 million. Since then the program has grown dramatically, increasing public awareness of SIDS and other causes of infant mortality. The national charity day now aims to collect $4 million each year for use in research; implementation of the Kidsafe program, already responsible for saving over 4,000 Australian babies' lives; and further raising public awareness.

Richmond High School in my electorate has been a leader in Red Nose Day fundraising. Since the school became involved in the program, it has raised over $300,000 for SIDS research and has hosted the Red Nose Day official national launch. This is an outstanding achievement and the students, staff and parents of Richmond High School are to be congratulated for their leadership in this vital work. The school has been greatly supported by the local community and has incorporated the organisation of the annual event into its educational curriculum. Richmond High School will continue its impressive commitment to Red Nose Day again this year, including its annual Red Nose Day dinner this Friday. Congratulations to Richmond High School for its tireless efforts in this— (Time expired)