Red Nose Australia would like to congratulate one of our longest-serving volunteers Cindy Furby, who was recognised as a top three finalist in the 2019 Victorian Minister for Health Volunteer Awards.
Cindy was nominated in the Outstanding Achievement by a Volunteer: Lifetime Achievement Award category, for her vital work with Red Nose’s Treasured Baby’s Program, which supports recently bereaved families.
Cindy has volunteered for Red Nose for 17 years, co-ordinating the Treasured Baby’s Program, which supports recently bereaved families throughout Australia by providing lovingly handmade clothing packs, memory boxes and coffins for babies who have died during pregnancy, labour or birth.
Cindy said the work done by the dedicated Treasured Babies team has been supported by the members of the Croydon Mens’ Shed. Both groups of equally committed volunteers help families say goodbye at the worst possible time in their lives.
“It helps families grieving a devastating loss, and helps families to not have the extra stress of searching for a garment to dress their baby in,” she says.
Red Nose Australia CEO Keren Ludski said Cindy’s nomination shows the remarkable impact volunteers have on a bereaved community.
“The compassion and love shown by Cindy makes a huge difference to a family at the worst time of their lives.
“Being able to give newly bereaved parents the opportunity to choose what their baby wears can be empowering at a time when they have very little control over their situation.”
“Red Nose is very grateful to Cindy and her band of volunteers. We are especially thrilled for Cindy’s nomination, and to have the work of this very important program recognised.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to thank and recognise the contribution of all our volunteers across the country, especially during National Volunteer Week.”
Red Nose offers free bereavement support services to anybody impacted by the loss of a child. Call our 24/7 hotline on 1300 308 307 or visit our Grief and Loss website for more information.