Philipa-Rose shares story of hope for late cousin
THE sudden loss of a child is one of the most devastating tragedies a family could endure but Dalby State South School student Philipa-Rose Simpkins has turned her grief into action in memory of her cousin Jake.
Jake Garrett was 12 when he was killed in a motorcycle crash and after he passed away in 2012 his mother, Helen, started the Jake Garrett Foundation to support other families through the sudden loss of achild.
At just 11 years old herself, Philipa-Rose braved her nerves and showed maturity beyond her years when she spoke at a whole-school assembly about her cousin and the ways the Jake Garrett Foundation can help others.
"Jake Garrett was my favourite cousin, he was just like any other 12-year-old boy - he loved soccer, riding his push bike, going fishing and playing with all his little cousins,” Philipa-Rose said.
"The Jake Garrett Foundation's aim is to care, love and support families through their grief after their child has died.”
In a heartfelt move to support Philipa-Rose and her younger brother, Jack, the Dalby South State School student council elected to support the Jake Garrett Foundation for their free dress day, for the third year in a row.
Deputy principal Kate Paynter said the school was proud to support the foundation.
"Philipa's older sister, Casey, actually asked if we would support the cause a few years ago and we thought it was very meaningful to support a cause so closely linked to theschool and our families,” Ms Paynter said.
"We've done it every year since.”