Yass family conquers City2Surf

The City2Surf is over but the Brawata family’s fundraising tally still keeps ticking over.

Renee Brawata was delighted they were able to raise more than $6000 for Stillbirth Foundation Australia.

The family and their endeavour were featured in the Tribune on Friday July 20.

“We originally only set our target for two-and-a-half thousand and then we lifted it to $5000,” Renee said.

They had reached that target before the race kicked off on Sunday.

Renee, husband Andrew, their son Finn and family friend Tina Cassidy conquered the 14 kilometre track at the weekend.

They were running in memory of Rhys Ashley, stillborn on June 7.

The Yass group were part of a larger group, Team Stillbirth, the highest fundraising group of the race.

Renee said the efforts of the team had raised the profile of stillbirth, which is often overlooked for research funding.

She said the atmosphere was great and they would definitely be doing it again.

“Next year we’d like to run it. Even if I had to push the pram at a run,” Renee said.

She said she would probably fundraise again but wouldn’t expect the incredible support they had this time around.

“People have been amazingly generous. One person donated close to a thousand dollars.”

She said people they didn’t even know had put in money for their cause.

“We’re doing it for other families so they don’t go through what we had to go through.

“Even if we could reduce it or just save one family from going through it.”

At the time of going to press the Brawata family’s cause was hovering around $6150 while Team Stillbirth had almost hit $110,000.

People can still donate to the cause until September 29 at www.fundraise.city2surf.com.au/brawata_family. Renee has also put tins at child care centre YECCA and Physiotherapy in Yass for people who might like to drop in a few coins.

Stillbirth Foundation Australia funds research into the causes of the often unexplained tragedy. For every baby that dies of SIDS, 30 are stillborn. Ultimately the foundation wants to prevent more than 2000 deaths annually.

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