INFANT ANGELS: The residents who marched and helped raised vital funds for an emotional cause.
INFANT ANGELS: The residents who marched and helped raised vital funds for an emotional cause. Contributed

Feeling in every stride

LOST loved ones were honoured by locals who walked to show their support at the Botanic to Bridge walk in Gladstone.

Eleven Biloela and Thangool residents completed the walk in Gladstone, supporting SANDS, a non for profit organisation that provides support, information and education to anyone affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth.

Ra-cheal Jones, who has suffered through two miscarriages herself, said her walking group, the Infant Angels, managed to raise almost $700 to go directly to SANDS.

"We've almost reached $700 through donations of others who have lost themselves and for a lot that donated we made ribbons for their babies and wore them in our walk,” Ms Jones said.

"In total it was 28 lost babies we were walking for, blue for boys, pink for girls and yellow if the sex was unknown.

"I wanted to raise awareness to others that they aren't alone,” she said.

"There's organisations like SANDS for support if you need it.”

The Botanic to Bridge walk was an opportunity for Jones to bring awareness and much needed funds for a valuable source of support that she's only just discovered.

"Originally I was going to do the Bridge to Brisbane this weekend to support a friend whose idea it was to raise money for SANDS, as she's had a few losses herself,” Ms Jones said.

"Because I couldn't make it, so I looked into the Gladstone (walk) and wanted to raise money for SANDS if I could get some friends and family along to support me.”

Jones hopes to spread the support of SANDS throughout the region.

"I'm going to reach out to SANDS if there's anything available in our community for people who are going through a loss,” Ms Jones said.

"Would have been helpful to know there are organisations like SANDS to help you through a loss.”

To make a donation to the Infant Angels head to https://inmemorysands infant-angels.