Mums’ marathon mis­sion

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lau­ren Pi­lat

THE heartache of hav­ing a se­ri­ously ill child is the driv­ing force be­hind north­ern sub­urbs moth­ers Lee Vi­vian and Rebecca Schelfhout run­ning their first marathon.

The friends will be run­ning the New York Marathon in Novem­ber for char­ity and have pledged to raise $20,000 for Ron­ald McDon­ald House (RMH) Perth.

Ms Vi­vian, a mother-of-two from Dun­craig, said run­ning a marathon scared her but the thought of hav­ing a sick child wor­ried her even more.

She said fac­ing the phys­i­cal chal­lenge of run­ning 42.2km in the concrete jun­gle was “noth­ing com­pared to the daily heartache of hav­ing a se­ri­ously ill child”.

“I might only do a marathon once, and so why not make it the big­gest marathon in the world, and for a char­ity that I believe in?” Ms Vi­vian said.

“Train­ing to run a marathon and fundrais­ing for char­ity hon­estly feels like noth­ing com­pared to what many of these fam­i­lies go through.”

In­volved with RMH for about a year, Ms Vi­vian said the house was more than a home for fam­i­lies with a child sick in hospi­tal.

“Some of these fam­i­lies have been dealt such an aw­ful blow with their child be­ing di­ag­nosed with se­ri­ous, life-threat­en­ing and long term ill­nesses,” she said.

“Add to that they live in re­gional WA and have to up­root their lives to Perth for treat­ment, for days, weeks or even a year.

“Ron­ald McDon­ald House gives them that soft place to land.

“It’s not just free ac­com­mo­da­tion for those fam­i­lies, it’s a hot meal ev­ery night, fun ses­sions in the learn­ing cen­tre, other fam­i­lies who are go­ing through sim­i­lar things, where you can pro­vide each other sup­port.”

The pair hosted a sold-out quiz night this month.

They have also planned a movie night, fit­ness open days with Ms Schelfhout’s com­pany Mum’s on a Mis­sion, and a spring fling party in Septem­ber.

Any­one able to make prize dona­tions, email Mrs Vi­vian at Ln­vi­vian83@gmail.com. To do­nate, visit bit.ly/2F65hyE.

Pic­ture: Di­a­mond Images Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Marathon ef­fort: Mums Lee Vi­vian and Rebecca Schelfhout are run­ning the New York Marathon to raise money for Ron­ald McDon­ald House in Perth.

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