Run to re­mem­ber loved ones

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

A 33-year-old Cromwell woman is or­gan­is­ing a 5km run-walk to raise aware­ness about suicide, af­ter los­ing two fam­ily mem­bers within months of each other.

Re­becca Ma­son lost fam­ily mem­ber Travis Hamil­ton a year ago to suicide. He was a 29-yearold pop­u­lar Cromwell rugby player, fa­ther-to-be and hus­band.

‘‘He was an ac­tive, sporty, bub­bly guy who was re­ally pop­u­lar - he had lots of friends.’’

Hamil­ton’s wife Lana de­scribed ‘‘Trav’’ as funny, car­ing, who had the biggest heart.

‘‘He loved to so­cialise, his rugby, hats, dig­gers and trucks. He would al­ways make sure every­one was in­cluded. He was a very spe­cial per­son who had touched the hearts of many peo­ple.’’

Ma­son said a few months prior to Hamil­ton’s death, her cousin, Richard Hunt, of Dunedin, com­mit­ted suicide.

‘‘I per­son­ally wanted to do some­thing for my­self to pay trib­ute to them, and I want oth­ers to be able to come along and re­mem­ber their friends or fam­ily mem­bers.’’

The event was also about rais­ing aware­ness about suicide, get­ting peo­ple to ask for help and just talk about it.

‘‘I don’t think enough peo­ple do talk about suicide.’’

Meet on Satur­day, Septem­ber 3, at Cromwell College’s au­di­to­rium for a 10am start. Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to wear yel­low.

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Event or­gan­iser Re­becca Ma­son, of Cromwell, lost two fam­ily mem­bers to suicide.

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