Kari's Jump for Sands Australia

I wanted to share my story with you because I want to make a difference and show women that they are not alone. Recently I wrote down goals that I wanted to do for me because I haven’t been able to be feel like myself this year. One of those crazy goals was to go Sky Diving. What I’m about to share is actually harder for me to write than the idea of jumping out of a plane.

A friend introduced me to the amazing work of Sands Australia who specialise in supporting parents who have gone through miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death. This topic is close to home and has not only affected me but many of my incredible friends and clients. Sands Australia have inspired me to turn my heartbreaking experience into a positive one and raise money towards supporting other women who are going through their own hardships at the same time.

My husband and I were expecting our first baby to be due in October. After three rollercoaster scans we sadly went through a missed miscarriage at 9 weeks in March, a week after our Anniversary. It left me with the feeling that I've lost control of my own body. From uncontrollable emotions, to a delicate pregnancy followed by a D&C operation, I was left not being able to do the things that were once normal in my life. 

All I wanted to do was to feel “normal” again, physically, mentally and especially emotionally. 

I have decided to write down a few goals that will help me get a little piece of myself back. I want to feel the rush of adrenalin again without fear that it could come with bad news. I've decided to make this happen by ticking a major goal off my bucket list, Sky Diving. I thought I may as well do something a bit crazy that I won’t want to do when I’m a parent and responsible for something other than myself.

When I told my friend about my crazy idea she thought it was meant to be because Sands Australia are currently looking for supporters to take on a challenge to Sky Dive to raise money for those who have lost their loved ones. Over 30 Sands supporters have jumped over the last two years and raised vital funds to ensure that they can continue to support families across Australia. As long as I am able to commit to raising a minimum of $1,000 to support bereaved parents, Sands will pay for my Skydive.

Your support would mean so much to me! I’m not expecting you to donate but the more people that know about Sands Australia, the greater their impact. So if anything please spread the word by sharing this page with friends and family. You never know what people are going through. I used to feel that miscarriages were something you kept to yourself but one in four women will experience a miscarriage - so really this is the time to support each other more than ever. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!

If this does resonate with you and you feel that you would like to donate you can go to my event page below by clicking on the "Yes, I would like to donate" to help others in need of support through Sands Australia.

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