A rural Queensland family has made it their mission to turn their unimaginable grief into life-changing fundraising efforts to help others, in honour of their baby girl who passed away last year.

Zara’s Day is a fundraising initiative in loving memory of Zara Hilary Boshammer, and this year is taking the shape of an online raffle and online auction to raise critical funds for the Steve Waugh Foundation and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Queensland Section. In a devastating blow no parent should ever have to experience, Kate and Justin Boshammer of Condamine tragically lost Zara at almost seven months of age last November, to an extremely severe and rare disease, Pallister Killian Syndrome.

Kate and Justin, along with their son Theo, are focused on making a difference for families and children whose lives are impacted by rare disease. The Steve Waugh Foundation provides life-changing support through grants for therapy and equipment, to help children survive and thrive. The RFDS is another cause close to the Boshammer’s hearts, particularly since they received two critical flights with Zara from Miles, to access a high level of care at Queensland Children’s Hospital.

“Our beautiful baby Zara was with us for nearly seven months, and we hold a deep gratitude for the blessings she brought to our lives,” Kate said. “It is because of our experience with Zara that we now have a purpose to help make a positive difference in the lives of others affected by rare disease and life-limiting conditions.” Kate and Justin are grateful to those who have supported their mission so far, with $150,000 already being raised in Zara’s honour last November.

Kate believes Zara’s Day embodies her heart’s purpose as a mother, and is a place to channel the family’s deep gratitude and enduring love for their baby girl. You can help by following Zara’s Day on Facebook and Instagram, and visiting www.zarasday.com.au to find out more. Best of all, you can support the raffle (open 14 October – 14 November), and auction (open 29 October – 7 November) to help change the lives of others.

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