Run to remember loved ones
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.
Event organiser Rebecca Mason, of Cromwell, lost two family members to suicide.