Catherine and Greg Hughes, the Perth parents of baby Riley who died from whooping cough last year, have revealed plans to set up Australia’s first charity dedicated to immunisation.

The Immunisation Foundation of Australia’s has been setup to help honour Riley’s life & protect other families from the devastating effects of vaccine-preventable disease that the family experienced when 32-day-old Riley died in March last year..

“Ever since Riley passed away, we’ve wanted to find a way to honour him, to honour our son while protecting other families from experiencing what we went through, protecting babies and families from the devastating effect of vaccine-preventable diseases,” Catherine said.

The foundation’s goals include lifting the Australian immunisation rate, educating the general community about vaccine-preventable diseases, reducing deaths in Australia and around the world and raising money to improve research.

“Our long-term vision is to be able to do some work internationally with establishing immunisation clinics in developing countries. It’s a big global problem,’ she said.

“Losing Riley was the worst thing we have ever experienced. Having direction and purpose definitely helps you get out of bed each morning. We are still doing this for him,” she said.

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  • that is sad for the family. It’s great that they are doing this in his legacy. i believe in vaxxing especially to prevent spreading germs around.


  • How sad to loose a small baby to this horrible disease. I with them all the luck for setting up this important charity.


  • May Riley’s legacy help other’s in the future to prevent this.


  • so sad to loose him so soon :(

    Good luck for their campaigning and charity work


  • These parents are so brave to keep putting themselves out there.


  • Such a good cause and such a sad story, im 100% believer of vaccines and it make me sad that people are still risking their childs health when it comes to vaccination


  • A wonderful worthy foundation . That’s terrible that the cases of whopping cough have doubled


  • Funny how the article doesn’t mention the result of the campaign? Namely, that the cases of whooping cough in the country DOUBLED because vaccination created thousands upon thousands of asymptomatic carriers spreading the disease…


  • It is tragic that little Riley lost his life because of somebody else being thoughtless towards others


  • What a great foundation. I think that Riley will always live in our hearts. Poor little boy!


  • Good on these parents for honouring their son’s memory and taking on a worthwhile cause.


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