Upcoming Fundraising Gala for Research into Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC)
Perth couple Chloe and Dean Strauch have launched a fundraising event for their organisation ‘Answers for Archer’ just 2-years after the sudden loss of their son.
The event to be held at Crown Perth this July, will raise support and funds for Answers for Archer – an organisation dedicated to SUDC support, research and prevention in Australia.
President of host organisation Answers for Archer, Chloe Strauch, said she hopes the gala will raise much-needed funds for research into the causes of SUDC and general awareness amongst the Australian public.
Chloe and Dean tragically and unexpectedly lost their young son Archer in July 2015. Archer passed away in his sleep aged just 14 months old. Eight months later it was concluded that there was no definitive reason for his death.
“To deal with the loss of your child and then to be told no one knows why is unbearable”, says Chloe.
According to Professor Henry F. Krous (M.D.) of the UC San Diego School of Medicine, ‘Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is the sudden and unexpected death of a child over the age of 12 months, which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation is conducted’.
Currently, there are no organisations in Australia equipped to fully support the parents, grandparents and guardians of children who die as a result of SUDC.
“Our goal at Answers For Archer is to raise much needed awareness about SUDC amongst the Australian public, guide Australian families to the correct support and to help fund research into SUDC at the New York Langome Medical Centre”, says Chloe.
Perth band FLYTE and Platinum DJs are confirmed to perform. More acts to be announced soon.
Join the conversation online using #ArchersGala.
A blog I wrote 6 weeks after Archer passed away was published on mamamia. In that blog I promised to make my little man proud and although It's exhausting, stressful and all out time consuming – our fundraising gala is something I hold very close to my heart and Something I promised myself and Archer I could pull off. We are on the hunt for a celebrity MC for the evening and celebritys or popular bloggers to share our event when tickets go on sale, to help us achieve our goal of raising much needed awareness into SUDC (sudden unexplained death in childhood) If you know someone who could help, please get in touch! #perthcelebrity #perthonality #MC #mummyblogger #charityball #perthevents #help @mrsconstancehall @amyzempilas @rayneembley
I just started a really long, personal post about Archers report. It was around 10 paragraphs long before I realised I was rambling and probably just trying to process it all in my OWN head. Finding out what happened to our boy was always a process of elimination. It wasn't this, it wasn't that…Maybe it was this? Virus? Seizure? Septicaemia? Heart defect? The truth of the matter is, no matter how hard we push or how deep we dig – we may never find out what happened to him. There will never be a cause of death for our son. I always thought I wanted an "unknown cause" so I couldn't put any specific blame on myself (it's all just general blame now) but as the days and months go by it gets harder and harder to accept. I don't think it's something anyone can ever accept. When someone is sick and know what's wrong with them, they have a chance to fight, to get better, they have a second chance… there is NO second chance with SUDC. Our fundraising is to help find that chance for babies, for toddlers, teens and young adults. Some things are best left a mystery…some are not. #SUDC #SUDCawareness #answersforarcher #grief #childloss #childlossawareness #babyboy
More details from the event page:
The goal of the evening is to raise much needed awareness in Australia about SUDC, to promote the SUDC foundation as a means of support and to raise funds for research – all proceeds from the evening will be donated to the SUDC Foundation, who fund vital research and provide grief services to families all around the world.
We will be hosting 300+ guests at the luxurious Crown Perth for a three-course meal, 5-hour beer, wine and soft drink package, live band, DJ and captivating entertainment throughout the evening.
You also have the opportunity to win some amazing prizes with our Raffle and Silent auction.
This truly is a night not to be missed, so come help us celebrate and remember the children gone too soon, all while raising money for a very worthy cause.
Answers for Archer Gala Night
Saturday, 22nd July 2017
Welcome drinks 7:00pm
Doors open at 7:30pm
Great Eastern Highway
PERTH, WA 6100
$200 Individual ticket
The first person to book a ticket at a table will automatically become “table captain”
We will then change the table number to that name – making it easy for family and friends to purchase their own tickets while ensuring they are at the same table! (There is also an option to book single tickets even if you are not making up a full table!)
$1,950 table of 10
(The first 50 people to book a full table will receive a VIP gift bag)
Tickets on sale until the 1st of May.
Information to So Perth with thanks to Kate Piasecka