Sisters inspired by mum's dedication

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THE daughters of the late Clara Foster, a driving force behind SIDS and Kids Hunter Region, have called on the community to support the organisation in its hour of need.

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Mrs Foster helped establish a Sudden Infant Death Association in Newcastle after the death of her son Dane, aged one month, in 1979.

She campaigned for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) education, comforted affected families and was involved in the first Red Nose Day, the SIDS and Kids annual fund-raiser.

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Mrs Foster was named Lake Macquarie citizen of the year in January 1999 in recognition of her community service.

She died in August 1999 from cancer.

Bianca Lockett, 37, and Terri Demir, 34, recalled that in the early days, their mother often supported other parents – and organised fund-raisers – from their Valentine home.

They said she did so as a single parent. Husband Stan died unexpectedly in 1987.

The family also includes another brother, also named Dane, 30.

Mrs Lockett and Mrs Demir said recent publicity about SIDS and Kids’ struggle for survival in the Hunter, and the potential sale of its Hamilton South drop-in centre, prompted them to speak about their mother’s legacy and the need for the organisation and its services.

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‘‘I’d be really sad to see the drop-in centre go,’’ Mrs Demir said. ‘‘I just see all the hard work mum put in and the community put in.

‘‘To see them not have that asset would be really sad.’’

Mrs Lockett said she was extremely proud of her mother’s work.

‘‘For someone to dedicate 20years to helping people the way that she did ... is a huge thing,’’ she said.

To visit the official SIDS and Kids Hunter Region website, click here.

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