2014 Brownlow Medallist Matt Priddis is proud to get behind such a great cause in support of one of his great mates, Chris Perkin. Chris has been a really important part of the West Coast Eagles for such a long time and his loss of his family members really touched all of us at the club, Priddis said. For us to be part of the campaign and support Red Nose is really important to all that will be there on the day.
The Sunshine Beach Run is a morning of fun for the whole family while raising much needed funds and awareness for Red Nose, something Eagles sharp shooter Mark LeCras can vouch for after taking part in the run with his daughter Molly. I took my little daughter down there into the fun zone that they have down there, I think they’re going to have the obstacle course again this year, LeCras said. I think I’ll try and get down there and do it again.
Renae has grown up with the love of sport. In recent times, Renae has competed in IFBB , placing 1st runner up in the over 170cm category, and has turned her hand to professional boxing. As a qualified massage therapist and remedial therapist, she is passionate about helping others reach their full physical performance potential. Renae may be equally well know as Miss Universe Australia runner up (2010) and contestant on Channel 7s Amazing Race Australia.
“I’m so happy to be taking part in the Sunshine Beach Run 2017 to help raise funds for a great cause and to promote activing living in the community.”
Lauren and Rob Movick are some of our community ambassadors for the 2017 Sunshine Beach Run.
After participating in the 2016 Sunshine Beach Run following the loss of their first son Hudson in October 2015, they want other families to know that the run is a beautiful way to remember our babies and children in heaven. For Lauren and Rob, Red Nose provided them with free counselling after the lost Hudson and Lauren said their counsellor was an amazing resource. The service was so easy to access at a time when everything else seemed so difficult. In 2016, Team Hudson Movick, were our largest fundraisers and Lauren and Rob are encouraging people to be part of the 2017 event.
Lauren said, the run is not only an opportunity to remember, but it makes you feel like you are part of a community and that you aren’t alone. We also need to raise more awareness around SIDS and fundraise for an incredible foundation in Red Nose. Lauren and Rob are looking for people to be part of the 2017 Sunshine Beach Run on their behalf, as they are disappointed to be travelling for a family wedding the weekend the run is planned this year.
Fitzi’s radio career spans 18 years, 14 of which have been co-hosting the 96FM breakfast show.
A Perth northern suburbs local, Fitzi is a doting father to three young boys and a lover of all things sport. He is a huge speedway racing fan, owning his very own speedway car and is part of a team that travels to speedway events around the state and all over Australia.
“As a dad to three young boys including a newborn, SIDS is certainly something I’m aware of. The fear of the unknown can be really scary. But knowing that Red Nose are doing so much work in the areas of research and education makes it a little easier to sleep at night, and I’m proud to be involved with the Sunshine Beach Run to help raise awareness and funding for Red Nose programs here in WA.”
A Perth local from Kensington, Carmen’s radio and television career spans 15 years in Perth, as well as on the airwaves in Victoria and Queensland.
Carmen is a member of the Menagerie Choir and she supports a number of important causes including the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and the Heartkids Gala Ball. She is an avid Fremantle Dockers supporter, somewhat of a foodie and a self-confessed Bikram Yoga nut.
“My cousin sadly passed away of what they used to call ‘cot death’ in the 1970s, so Red Nose Day has always been close to my heart. The experience prompted a lot of conversation in my family about how to take care of babies safely, and I’m glad I’m now able to get involved with the Sunshine Beach Run, helping Red Nose raise funds and educate the public on this important cause.”
Suzanne has participated in all but one Sunshine Beach Run’s since the event began 6 years ago and has come on board as a community ambassador in 2017.
In 2006 Suzanne and her husband were so excited – they already had one gorgeous boy and were expecting twins.
There was some bleeding early on in the pregnancy but the twins were still going strong. “At our anatomy ultrasound we were told that one was not doing too well and a few days later at just over 20 weeks his heart beat stopped” she said. “We held out hope that we could carry our other baby for longer but went into labour and the boys were born on 14 and 15 March 2006. Our beautiful identical twins that will forever be babies in our hearts.”
From that loss Suzanne also had a miscarriage 4 months later, then they had a beautiful rainbow baby in 2007. “I felt like part of our family was missing and we went on to try again, had another miscarriage then our youngest was born in 2009. In a 5 year span I had 6 pregnancies, 3 gorgeous boys on earth, 2 heavenly angels and 2 little stars” she said.
In 2014 Suzanne’s much welcomed great nephew passed away at 10 weeks of age so their family once again had to go through the loss of another baby.
Suzanne said Red Nose were wonderful to her and her family post their loss, getting her through stressful pregnancies and making some wonderful friends through the baby loss community and she thinks the Sunshine Beach Run helps get the message out there about the wonderful support they provide.
Jane is another of our beautiful community ambassadors for the 2017 Sunshine Beach Run. Jane and her husband lost their first son, Will in 2013 at the age of 14 months due to an unexplained sudden cot death.
In the months following Will’s death, Jane says her and her husband were looking for something that they could do annually to remember him, from a fundraising perspective.
“After hearing about the Sunshine Beach Run and Chris Perkins’ story, I realised that I knew his late wife Cindy (we attended uni together and did our final teaching practicum at City Beach Primary School). I also grew up in City Beach and attended the surf club there as a child so the location holds special memories for me. The time of year is also important to us, with Will’s birthday Feb 27th, so we celebrate with birthday cake after the run with family and friends.”