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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

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

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2024 River’s Gift Golf Day

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Event: River’s Gift Golf Day 2024. Date: Friday, March 22nd 2024. Location: The Sands, Torquay. Time: Golf commences 8am – afternoon entertainment until 4pm. Format: Ambrose Registration: From 7am. River's…

Geelong Homes’ pledge for River’s Gift – Charity Home

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Geelong Homes has undertaken a pledge to build a 2nd charity home to raise essential funds to help our cause. Funds raised through the sale of the home will support…
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