Sara Grant

By Sara Grant

Thank you for your support this Red Nose Day!

Hi friends and family,

I have created this fundraising page because I believe in the incredible work that Red Nose does to fund research, support families, and help save little lives.

Red Nose Day has been around for over 30 years and the funds raised in that time led to the creation of the Safe Sleep Program, which has reduced the rate of SIDS in Australia by an incredible 85%!

But there is still so much work to do and so many families that rely on their support.

Support my fundraiser by making a donation and you could help discover the next breakthrough in the fight against SIDS, stillbirth, and miscarriage. Every dollar raised also helps keep Red Nose support services free and open 24/7 for grieving parents and families.

Any amount, big or small can have such a profound effect on the lives of thousands of Australian families.

So please, dig deep this Red Nose Day and together we can make a real difference.

Thank you

My Updates

♥ THANK YOU ♥

Monday 16th Aug
'As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands - one for helping yourself, the other for helping others' - Audrey Hepburn

I am so happy to share that our very first Stalwart Alehouse & Brewery Red Nose Day fundraising event on Saturday was a success.  The Alehouse was full of family, friends and people from the community who came along to support Red Nose.

I would like to thank each and every one of you who have supported this fundraiser in honour of Jesse & Bo.  Your love and support means so much to me and my family and to Red Nose. 

Together we have raised a total of $3,465.  WOW!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart ♥

Thank you to my brother Adam, a true Stalwart in every sense of the word.  I could not have done this without you and I look forward to being able to hold a Red Nose Day fundraiser event at the Alehouse for many years to come. 

Together we will continue to make a difference!

Watch this space as we are keeping our fundraising page open and will have some more about this later this year.

Much Love Sara xo

Stalwart’s Aussie Red Nose Day Ale

Friday 13th Aug

Happy Red Nose Day, the launch of the Aussie Red Nose Day Ale!

For Stalwart’s core range of craft beers Adam has drawn inspiration from ancestors who originated from some of the greatest brewing regions in the world, countries such as England, Ireland, Scotland, USA and Australia. 

The Sacred Chief – American Pale Ale in honour of our great great great grandfather who was a Navajo Indian from the mid-west America.

The Dreamtime Warrior – Golden Ale in honour of our great grandmother who was an Australian Aboriginal from the Kabi Kabi people of the Sunshine Coast.

The Courageous Captain – India Pale Ale in honour of our English ancestry.

As well as his core range, Adam brews different beers to release every 3-4 weeks to mark other occasions like Anzac Day where he brewed a Soldiers Biscuit Ale, Stalwart’s one year anniversary where he brewed an Anniversary Ale, Christmas in July, Chocolate Stout, and a Black Forest Winter Porter to name a few.

Today, Red Nose Day, Adam is releasing an exclusive Aussie Red Nose Day Ale in honour of all the little lives gone too soon and all the ones who have been saved.  

The Aussie Red Ale uses all Australian ingredients.  The light malt backbone is complimented by the subtle flavours of floral, tropical, grapefruit, peach and passionfruit.  The red colour is derived from the pinch of specialty dark malts added to the mash.  At 4.6�V this smooth Red Ale is a great trans seasonal beer.

Come down to the Alehouse today to say hi and try the Red Ale or join us for the fundraiser tomorrow Saturday 14th August at Stalwart Alehouse and Brewery, kicking off at 1130am.  Please call to book a table.

Much Love Sara xo

Stalwart Alehouse & Brewery Red Nose Day Event

Friday 6th Aug

It's almost time, we're still holding on to hope that next Saturday we can 'Rock the Red' and  'Get Silly for a Serious Cause'

Help stop little lives being cut short and support grieving families.

Nine babies, infants and children die suddenly and unexpectedly every day.  Red Nose Day has been around for 33 years, and the funds raised in that time have funded research, education, and bereavement services to support families.

We would love you to join us to raise funds for Red Nose that will help stop little lives being cut short and provide support for heartbroken families as they try to navigate life after losing a child.

Saturday 14th August from 11:30am at Stalwart Alehouse and Brewery, 78-84 Currie St, Nambour

* Rock the Red, come dressed in your loudest Red!

* Simon from 'Balloon Awesomeness' is kindly donating his time to come down 1130am-1230pm with roving balloon twisting entertainment, what a legend!

Colouring in competition for the kids with prizes & giveaways

*   Delicious Red Nose Day cupcakes for sale

Raffles, 1st Prize $200 cash, 2nd Prize $100 cash, 3rd Prize $50 Stalwart Voucher

Stalwart’s Aussie Red Nose Day Ale sold all day (more about this to be released next Friday)

* And lastly, we will have my mum Annie Jeffs and my Uncle Keith Dunn also donating their time to come and sing together in the beer garden from 1-4pm

You can support this fundraiser by donating.  Every dollar raised can have such a profound effect on the lives of thousands of Australian families, together we can make a difference.

I can't wait to rock the red and get silly for a serious cause.

Much Love Sara xo

Introducing My Brother Adam & Stalwart Ale House & Brewery

Sunday 1st Aug

A ‘Stalwart’ is a person who has the following qualities:

Integrity, morality, dignity, is trustworthy, hardworking, faithful, dependable, and above all else helps to make their community and the world a better place.

My brother Adam is the founder of Stalwart Ale House & Brewery on the Sunshine Coast and a true definition of Stalwart by nature.

Ten years ago, Adam started brewing his own beer and one year ago turned his dream of opening his own craft brewery into reality setting up his Ale House and Brewery at the iconic Club Hotel in Nambour.

For the wider Nambour community, the Club Hotel, that was originally built in 1911, has been an important part of their history and tenants who have operated their businesses there over the years have always honoured its rich history. 

Ironically while in negotiations, Adam found out that the Club Hotel is a place where our grandfather and great grandfather used to enjoy a few ales back in their day.   

Adam was set to open in May however due to covid, the opening was delayed.  Fate would have it, Stalwart ended up opening its doors to trading on the 18th of July 2020, this date being what would have been our grandfathers 100th birthday, an omen perhaps? 

I think the opportunity for Adam to have his brewery in a building with so much history really aligned with his vision and spiritual connection to our ancestors.

Another part of Adam’s vision for Stalwart has been to be in a position where he can support some charity’s that are meaningful to him, his family, and his friends.

I am so grateful that Adam is supporting me to host a Red Nose Day Fundraising Event in honour of his nephew and niece, Jesse, and Bo to mark what would have been their 16th and 13th birthdays.  We are hoping that together we can raise much needed money to help fund research, support families, and save little lives.

Adam wants his Stalwart community and the Red Nose/Sands community to know that he supports this cause and that the Ale House is a welcoming and safe place to come, sit around the Stalwart tables with friends and family and enjoy connecting through conversation, hearty meals, and craft beers.

Adam is brewing an exclusive brew especially for this Red Nose Day event to honour all the little lives lost and all the little lives that have been saved.  I can’t wait to share with you what it will be! 

Everyone is welcome to join us for the fundraiser on Saturday 14th August at Stalwart Ale House and Brewery, kicking off at 11:30am.  More details about the event to come.

Much Love Sara xo

International Day of Friendship - Friends are Passengers on Life’s Bus

Friday 30th Jul

Today is International Day of Friendship and I thought this would be the perfect day to express just how grateful I am for my family and friends. For me, friends are the family we choose for ourselves.

‘Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” – Oprah Winfrey

I am so blessed that when my limo has broken down over the years, my family and friends have taken the bus with me every time.

Life is a bit like a bus ride. The journey begins at one bus stop and ends at another.  Along the way you pick up passengers, some strangers, some friends, and some strangers yet to be friends.  Many passengers get on and off at different bus stops along the way. Sometimes a passenger will stay longer than others and on occasion a passenger will stay on with you until the end of the ride.

The passengers seem to get on the bus at the exact time you need them to, even if you don't realise it at the time. I feel that every passenger serves a purpose at different points in your life and you can learn something from every passenger who gets on.

I will never forget Jesse’s funeral.  Our close family and friends were there to stand by our side, with letters they’d written for him, crystals, matchbox cars, flowers, balloons.  Our limo had broken down and they came and got on the bus with us.

I will never forget when Bo died, my brothers and their wives dropped everything and drove 20 hours to Mt Isa where we were living at the time to be with us.  Our limo had broken down again, they got back on the bus with us.

During the first 6 weeks or so after Bo died, we had every close person in our family fly out to get on the bus with us too.  I will never forget those times and the way our friends and family made us feel - so loved, cared for, and supported.

As time has gone on, the passengers who get on our bus have continued to say Jesse & Bo’s name, acknowledge their birthdays, tell their children about them and light candles on significant days in memory of them. I don’t think they will every truly know how much that has and continues to mean to me.  They have never forgotten, and I like to believe that a part of Jesse and Bo live on in their hearts too.

Friends truly are a privilege, and I wouldn’t get through life riding in my limo or bus without them.

One passenger who has never left my bus is my brother Adam.  I look forward to introducing him in my next blog post where I will get down to business – Stalwart Ale House and Brewery Red Nose Day Fundraiser!

Saturday 14th August from 11:30am, details coming soon!

Much Love Sara xo

 

 

 

 

 

The Road That Led Me To Red Nose & To Finding Meaning

Friday 23rd Jul

‘One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through, and it will be someone else’s survival guide’ - Brene Brown

If you were to ask me when I was younger what I wanted to do when I grew up, never in my wildest dreams would I have said I want to work in Bereavement Services for families who have experienced the loss of a baby or child.  I have come to realise however that sometimes in life you can find your purpose and other times your purpose finds you.

After my son Jesse was stillborn in 2005 and my daughter Bo died 5 hours after she was born in 2008, I left the hospital both times with empty arms, a broken heart and a handful of brochures.  There was no follow up call, no offer of support, no guidance as to what to expect or how to navigate my way through the early months of life without my babies, it was such an isolating experience.

I felt lost, lonely, sad, and confused, I didn’t know which way to turn or what to do. I had to find my way through each day as best I could and hope that in time I would get through the pain and the sadness that I was feeling.

I started doing a lot of reading about other people’s stories of baby loss and this became something that helped to heal my heart.  As sad as every story was to read, it gave me a sense of comfort, hope, and normalised my thoughts and feelings. 

‘Sands is a volunteer-based organisation providing individualised care from one bereaved parent to another, giving them support and hope for the future, following the death of a baby’.

Connecting with Sands and the Sands community became a big part of my healing in those early years after losing my babies.  It is an organisation that no one wants to belong to but when life takes you there you find it to be incredibly bonding. Healing comes from connection and feeling heard and understood.  You form deep human connections, it’s not just “oh I feel bad for you”  but “I actually understand”.

In time, I reached a point where the support services had served their purpose for me.   I knew however that I wanted to stay connected with Sands as it had become a part of my heart too.  I was hoping that one day I would be able to give back or pay it forward to the organisation that had helped me so much. 

‘Sands peer-to peer support services are unique and different to any support offered by friends, family or other professional counselling or therapy services.  It is through the lived experience of our volunteer parent supporters that we are able to provide real hope, understanding and empathy’.

About 5 years ago I became a volunteer parent supporter for Sands on the 1300 support line and a facilitator for support groups.  Over a year ago I also became employed by Sands in the Hospital to Home pilot program providing intense support services to families who have experienced a stillbirth or newborn death. This has been a very welcomed and much needed support service for bereaved families around Australia and one that I hope will continue to develop and be a part of the national standard of care following the death of a baby.

In November 2020, Sands merged operations with Red Nose. 

‘Red Nose is Australia’s leading authority on safe sleep and safer pregnancy advice, and bereavement support for anyone affected by the death of a baby or child’. 

Together they are

‘Australia’s leading organisation working both to prevent babies and young children dying suddenly and unexpectedly, and support services for families following the tragic death of their baby or child during pregnancy, infancy and early childhood’.

I am so grateful to be a part of Sands/Red Nose and both my volunteering and employment roles are incredibly meaningful to me.  To be able to support bereaved families by being a guiding light, walking beside them and witnessing their grief is an absolute privilege.  

I have learned and accepted that life happens for you, not to you, and I believe the good and the bad things that happen in life shape you into the person you are meant to become.  

This work has helped me to find meaning.  As psychiatrist, philosopher, author and holocaust survivor Victor Frankl once said ‘What is to give light must endure burning’.  In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering the moment it finds a meaning.

When you lose a baby your heart, spirit and soul breaks into a million pieces. These pieces don’t define us.  It's how we pick up these pieces, who we become, what we contribute, that is what gives meaning to our lives.

Much Love Sara xo

 

Meet My ‘Rainbow Babies’ Holley & Belle

Sunday 11th Jul

A ‘rainbow baby’ is the name given to a healthy baby born after losing a baby due to miscarriage, infant loss, stillbirth, or neonatal death.

The name ‘rainbow baby’ comes from the idea of a rainbow appearing in the sky after a storm, or after a dark and turbulent time, the rainbow symbolising hope and healing.

I had not heard of this term until I became a part of the baby loss community where I started hearing it all the time and realised that my two living daughters are my ‘rainbow babies’. 

💙2005 Jesse 👼

💗2006 Holley 🌈

💗2008 Bo 👼

💗2010 Belle 🌈

I remember when I left the hospital with Holley in my arms, my emotions were two-fold.  Firstly, I thought this is the most amazing feeling in the world as we were putting her into her car seat.  But as we drove off, I was flooded with an overwhelming feeling of sadness as I flashed back to the day, we left the hospital the year before with no baby in the back.  I let myself grieve for Jesse again at that moment and then turned around to hold my little girl’s hand feeling ever so grateful for her life.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that 18 months later I would be leaving the hospital again with empty arms.  But I did.  My dreams and my heart were broken again as I found myself having to say goodbye to another baby just after saying hello.

Getting into our car and looking at the two car seats in the back just broke my heart.  How your life can change in the matter of one day, one hour, one minute, one second?

After losing Bo, I did not think my husband and I would have the courage to try again for another baby but even though Holley was our ‘rainbow baby’ she also became our ‘sunshine baby’ and gave us so much hope.  Holley helped us believe that we could conceive a baby successfully and she was our everyday reminder that we were fully capable of keeping and delivering a healthy baby.

In 2010, our second rainbow baby Belle was born.  I knew from the minute she was born that my family was complete.  I got to fill that second car seat after all and had a sibling for Holley to grow up with and they are now both the rays of sunshine in my life.

Holley and Belle are not here instead of Jesse and Bo, but because of them.

Having a ‘rainbow baby’ is a time of immense joy, reflection, healing, and mixed emotions and healing does not mean forgetting, which is why we continue to honour Jesse and Bo’s lives in ways that are important to us like doing this Red Nose Day fundraiser, just as we create beautiful traditions with Holley and Belle.

As much as I would give anything to be able to hold all four of my babies in my arms, I will be forever grateful for the miracle of my two beautiful, healthy daughters that I have been blessed to share this life with.  I am also grateful, for everything that my two angels Jesse and Bo have taught me about life, love, strength, hope, resilience, and gratitude.

When you lose a parent you lose your past, but when you lose a child, you lose your future. My heart goes out to all who have lost; I know and understand your pain.

Much Love, Sara xo

In Loving Memory of Jesse & Bo

Sunday 20th Jun
This Red Nose Day Fundraiser is in loving memory of my firstborn baby, my son Jesse who would have been 16 and my third baby, my daughter Bo who would have been 13 this year.
Two milestone birthdays that I can't celebrate with them but I can honour them and celebrate the impact their little lives continue to have.  Their physical life ended but my relationship and love for them will continue for the rest of my life. 
Always Loved, Never Forgotten, Forever Missed ♥
I'm really looking forward to your support in raising funds for Red Nose Day.  Lets get together to get silly for a serious cause!
More details to come on our Stalwart Alehouse & Brewery Red Nose Day family fundraising event to follow ♥
Much Love, Sara xo

Thank you to my Sponsors

$877

Stalwart Ale House And Brewery

Total amount of cash donations from the fundraising event held at Stalwart Alehouse Sat 14th August - THANK YOU ♥

$208.80

Donna Tomlinson

Happy 16th Jesse & Happy 13th my twinnie Bo

$104.40

Sara Grant

$104.40

Dirk & Danielle Humphrey

You are truly inspirational pet in the work you do for Sands and the passion you have for supporting bereaving families. Wishing you all the success for a great fundraiser and cause. With lots of love always xx

$104.40

Tiffany & Peter Levine

We are very excited to be getting silly with you for a serious cause. With much love and on behalf of your precious babies 💖💙

$104.40

Griff, Lauren, Hayden And Ava

What an amazing blessing this foundation is to those who need it dearly! Sending you all our love and prayers 🙏💕

$104.40

Fiona Stark

In honour of Jesse and Bo. May we one day live in a world where babies are not born still. 💙💗

$104.40

Annajaimillaivy

Love, Anna Jai Milla Ivy & George ❤️

$104.40

Rachel Peterson

Good on you guys x

$104.40

Finanny & Poppy Paul

For the grandbabies we never got to hold, and for their parents who we love.

$104.40

Cameron Jeffs

Thx for inviting us to share in a day for such a good cause.

$100

Doug And Lyn ?

$100

Anna Neubeck

You know I think you’re amazing, so I’m very happy to put my money where my mouth is! Great work xx

$100

Bee, Todd, Tahlua, & Zep ??

$83.52

Rhino

$83.52

Elizabeth Grove

You are such an amazing inspiration for so many. Thank God for people like you! Best of luck and please let me know about the Stalwart day. Xoxox

$83.52

Vin

Love 💙💙💙💙

$80

Kylie Kirby

What wonderful work you do, making a difference in so many people’s lives in one of the toughest things they will ever go through xx

$52.20

Carissa Brogden

Love you ❤️

$52.20

Tamara Haack

💗

$52.20

Mum And Geoff

Sara, We hope this contribution helps you to reach your goal. With much love to you Xx

$52.20

Kim Heinrich

Lots of love for you and the rest of my first Aussie family ❤

$50

Karli Farrow

You're amazing and I feel blessed to call you friend xo

$50

Anonymous

'Always Loved'

$46.98

Donna Dunn

❤️

$46.98

Kym

Happy Red Nose Day! ❤️

$46.98

Mal & Di Campbell

A wonderful cause and all the best for the day at Stalwart Alehouse

$46.98

Annette Moloney

💙💙

$46.98

Emily Mir

Lots of love to you Sara and your family and remembering Jesse and Bo

$41.76

Eloise Bloomfield

Sending you all the love and positive vibes lots of love from a far

$31.32

Bronwyn Penola

$30

Jsfk Russell

The world is a better place to have people like you

$26.10

Judy Clarkson

Sorry i cant make it to your fund raiser. I will be thinking of you and Bo and Jessie. Thank you for all that you do, i know our little babes would be so very proud of their families 💗

$26.10

Gabrielle Smith

Thinking of you and your family today xx thank you for your support through my hard times too xx Those that grow little wings and fly high are too perfect and pure for this world and rather than watch down on us, they are with us each step of the way through life ❤️

$25.06

Anonymous

Cupcakes, yum!

$20.88

Shan

Your are an amazing human being, with the biggest heart

$20.88

Charisse Wilkinson

$20.88

Charmain

What a great cause! You’re such a good person Sara. I hope you reach your goal.

$20.88

Fran Dickson

$20.88

Aimie Holt

Thank you for a happy, fun-filled event. Loved the colouring for kids and the balloon artist. Cupcakes were amazing!

$12.53

Anonymous

Cupcakes Sara

$10.44

Amanda White

Thank you for such an incredible charity event. Your staff and helpers were beautiful and so accomodating. Your balloon artist was fabulously entertaining too. Thank you.

$9.40

Jo Bosanquet