A GROUP of high school friends have made one of the biggest donations to SIDS Tasmania that the charity's executive officer has ever seen.
Yesterday, Kim Kettle, Anna Delphine, Anthony Axton, Justin Donoghue and Kate Barnard handed over a $21,000 cheque to the organisation.
The funds were raised through the Red Tie Ball - a gala evening held at George Town in June that incorporated auctions.
The friends were spurred into action by news that a former school mate, Brian Rowe, had lost his daughter Amelia to SIDS at just four weeks.
``We decided that we had to do something to show him that we cared and that we were thinking of him,'' Mrs Barnard said.
``We were overwhelmed . . . the people of George Town just deserve a big `thank you' - the community really came together to support the cause.''
SIDS Tasmania executive officer Sharon Davis said it was the largest single donation she had received on behalf of the charity.
``The smallest places tend to get behind things and it restores your faith in human nature,'' Mrs Davis said, anticipating that the money raised would support the charity's education work.