Red Nose Day
Friday, 25th June, 2010
Locals will be looking a little red around the nose today when they come out to do their bit in the fight against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Red Nose Day, which is charity "Sids for Kids" major fundraiser, has helped cut the rate of SIDS deaths by 85 per cent over the last 20-odd years.
Now nine children under the age of four die every day from SIDS, still-birth and fatal sleeping accidents, and Sids for Kids hopes to change that ratio.
Business's in the city are selling Red Nose Day items such as pins, noses and novelties.
Local organiser Debbie Higgs said that she has handed out 60 boxes of goods across town since the start of this month.
Ms Higgs also said that locals had been very supportive of the cause over the 23 years she has run it.
"Last year we raised almost $10,000. I'd like to equal that," she said.
Ms Higgs said she got involved with Sids for Kids when her nephew died from the syndrome.
She and other Red Nose Day volunteers will be setting up a stall outside ANZ in Argent Street today to help raise money for the cause.
The stall will open at 9:30am.