Sarah Murdoch, 50, flaunts her ageless beauty in a fresh designer sundress as she launches a toolkit to help Aussie children cope with natural disasters
- Sarah Murdoch stuns at charity event in Manly, Sydney
- Sarah and Lachlan Murdoch fund toolkit to help rural children
- The tools are aimed at children affected by natural disasters
Sarah Murdoch was the star of the show launching a new initiative to help Australian children cope with natural disasters.
Ms Murdoch, 50, stunned in a designer linen midi dress on Thursday with a hand-drawn Australian floral pattern stamped on it as she helped release a new resource kit to support parents of children emotionally affected by bushfires and flooding.
She also wore a delicate tennis bracelet and chunky fitness watch as she took the stage at the event in Manly, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Sarah Murdoch was the star of the show at the launch of a new initiative to help Aussie children cope with natural disasters on Thursday
Mrs Murdoch, 50, stunned in a designer linen midi dress with hand-drawn Australian floral pattern stamped on it
Mrs. Murdoch was in a playful mood, cracking jokes and joking with children and adults, but also had a serious message.
The Royal Far West Resilient Kids Toolkit is a physical package containing a parent’s guide, a picture book, a therapeutic toy and various mental health resources.
Four thousand of the kits will be shipped to families in remote and rural New South Wales communities affected by natural disasters.
Ms. Murdoch was inspired to get involved after learning that children can lose their sense of security, develop mental health problems and struggle in school following disasters or emergencies.
Charity Royal Far West said the effects on children of natural disasters can include nightmares, intrusive memories, bad mood, anxiety, poor concentration, stomachaches, headaches, irritability, friendship problems, struggling with schoolwork and increased family conflict.
Research has shown that children born in 2020 will experience an average of 30 extreme heat waves in their lifetime, seven times as many as someone born in 1960.
Mrs. Murdoch was in a playful mood, cracking jokes and joking with children and adults, but also had a serious message
She was inspired to get involved with the Royal Far West Resilient Kids Toolkit after learning that children can lose their sense of security, develop mental health problems and struggle in school following disasters.
Jacqueline Emery, CEO of RFW, said experiencing a traumatic event such as a wildfire or flood can have a devastating long-term impact on a child’s mental health, emotional well-being, learning and development.
‘The impact is magnified if children do not receive the right support to process what they have experienced in the months and years after the disaster. Recovery takes time.
“For children in rural and remote areas – where the effects of natural disasters are most felt – the trauma is compounded by the difficulty of accessing essential health and welfare services and support they need.
“While access to services is essential, building parental capacity with effective tools and information, such as the Resilient Kids Toolkit, can make a critical difference.”
A father holds his daughter as the daytime sky over Mallacoota turns red on January 4, 2020
The toolkit, aimed at children up to the age of 16, will be distributed to families across NSW and also has a online guide.
It was one of many charitable initiatives the Sarah and Lachlan Murdoch Foundation has helped fund since 2019.
Their foundation has donated $10 million to nonprofits, including children’s, arts, medical care, and women’s charities.