Join Chris Parker walking the Kokoda Trail in honour of his young son Harry who sadly was lost to SIDS in 2012.
From happiness to heartbreak
The 24th of March 2012 started like any other normal Saturday for Jules and I. An early start with Archie and Harry, a quick visit to Campbell (Harry’s brother) at his mum’s place to wish him a very happy 11th birthday, some golf for me and Jules went about her normal day.
In 6 – 7 hours, our world, as we knew it, would come crashing down!
Our precious little Harry was laid down for his day time sleep around noon and he never woke up. Harry was taken from us by the terrible, unexplained Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). What makes it still so hard to comprehend is that Harry was perfect - very healthy and extremely strong. When something so unexpected and tragic happens, it is unfathomable and devastating – our universe shattered. There are far too many families going through what we have had to go through!
I have decided to embark on the Kokoda Trek and have dedicated our challenge to be “Harry’s Kokoda”. We want to do what we can to raise valuable funds to aid in research, and to assist other families who will be touched by this condition. The story of Kokoda is inspiring and as a proud Australian, I want to experience this part of Australia’s wartime history. Harry, will be my inspiration to complete this physically and mentally demanding expedition.
You can support SIDS and Kids Queensland, Harry and myself by either joining me for this experience or by donating
SIDS and Kids Queensland Inc
SIDS and Kids Queensland provide bereavement and support services to families and anyone that has been affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby from pregnancy to early childhood.
Additionally we provide education into communities throughout Queensland on safe sleeping, facilitate support groups, provide advocacy on behalf of parents and lifesaving research into SIDS.