Maybe the second-best thing to happen in 2016 – the first being the birth of Lucy Grace Hughes, on August 4 – is the launch of the brand new Immunisation Foundation of Australia, by public health heroes Catherine and Greg Hughes. From their Light for Riley Facebook page:
Today we are incredibly honoured and excited to officially launch our foundation, the Immunisation Foundation of Australia. When Riley passed away at 32 days old from whooping cough, we were distraught but determined to honour his short little life by making a positive change in our country. We firmly believe that no child in Australia, if not the world, should die from any disease that is easily prevented by a simple vaccine.
If you would like to make a contribution to help us raise awareness about vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of immunisation, donations can now be made by clicking the link below:
We are so grateful for any support and are so hopeful that our foundation will help to improve and save the lives of babies and children.
If you would like to read more about our vision, mission & purposes, please see here: https://www.immunisationfoundation.com.au/about-ifa/
From our whole family – thank you so much for all your support. Thanks also to those who worked so hard to make this happen. It is so sincerely appreciated, from the bottom of our hearts!
– Catherine, Greg & the Immunisation Foundation of Australia team
Last night, Catherine and Greg also appeared on Channel 7’s Sunday Night program, with reporter Rahni Sadler creating a masterpiece of evidence-based, public health story-telling. You can watch the story, here: