In September 1984, my ancestor, Emma Sharp, became the first woman ever to complete the Barclay March – walking 1000 miles (1609 kilometres) in 1000 hours. It was deemed an impossible task, too difficult for a woman to undertake. But in October 1984, she miraculously finished the walk, breaking numerous gender stereotypes and proving that women could do anything.
14 years ago, my grandma, Val Moran, committed to doing the same walk to raise money and awareness for Red Nose. At 65 years old, she finished that very same walk, despite losing her husband, sustaining severe injuries and finishing in a wheelchair. Now, it’s my turn. I want to continue her legacy.
My name is Joseph Gardiner and I’m walking for my family. In the 1970s, my aunt, Suzanne, passed away from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). At the time, there was no support and no answers. My family is still affected decades later.
Each year, over 3,200 infants like Suzanne will die suddenly and unexpectedly. That is nine infant deaths every day. My goal is to raise $200,000 for Red Nose, to help with research, education and support for those affected. Together, we can lower the number of SIDS deaths.
If you would like to share a story or want to get involved, please feel free to contact me. I would love to hear from you!
If you can support my fundraiser, you will be helping to bring care and comfort to families when they need it most.
Your contributions mean Red Nose are one step closer to reaching their goal of zero sudden and unexpected deaths of babies and children.
Every dollar raised goes directly to supporting Aussie families, funding vital research, and saving little lives.
So please dig deep and together, we can make a difference for Red Nose and all the little lives they work so hard to honour.