In Australia, at least six children die each year from drowning in backyard swimming pools. Drowning is the most common cause of preventable death for children under the age of five.
Nine years ago, Tammie’s son Jack drowned. Tammie has now made it her mission to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to any more Australian families.
I am the proud mum of three beautiful children. Sadly almost ten years ago, on the 5th April 2006, my life was shattered into a million pieces.
On the 4th April I was travelling with my only child at the time, Jack, to visit family from Melbourne in a small town outside Griffith, New South Wales.
During the daylight hours of the trip Jack was counting cars and saying “red car, blue car, white car”. He was so excited, and for a child that would be turning two on the 6th April he was extremely well behaved. As the day turned to night, Jack snuggled into me and slept most of the trip except for a few stops here and there.
We arrived in Griffith at 2am. We were greeted by friends of my family who had offered for us to stay with them till morning (as my family lived another hour’s drive away).
I was so exhausted from having Jack on my lap all night and knew he would be awake by 7am. As we tucked in to bed Jack cuddled into me and said “Love Mummy”.
I didn’t know they would be the last words I would ever hear from him.
Jack woke at 6:30am. I was worried he would wake everyone so I told him it was too early to get up, gave him a banana to eat, and then said it was time to have some more sleep. Jack lay back down with me and I could hear his breath softly breathing on my neck, and I drifted off .
At 7am I was woken with “WHERE’S JACK?” from the people I was staying with.
I turned over and he wasn’t there. I didn’t know where he was. That’s when I heard the words I will never forget.