It was while listening to a late-night talk-back program on Radio 3AW 40 years ago that Rotarian Ian Scott heard grieving parents talk about losing their babies to SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Sadly, in Australia during the 1980s, parents found some 500 babies a year cold and lifeless in their cots.
In an effort to tackle the trauma of cot death, Ian Scott convinced his Rotary Club, Mornington, that $2 million needed to be raised for SIDS research. With support from all Australian districts and Rotary International, the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund was created, and it became our first homegrown national Rotary project.