Sup­port Ryan on Rio’s run

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

THE Mans­field End of Lifers Group in­vites all com­mu­nity mem­bers to come along to the De­latite Ho­tel next month for a trivia night on Oc­to­ber 4 to raise funds for a very spe­cial cause.

Rio was a happy 17 month old boy, who was ini­tially thought to have gas­tro – but was even­tu­ally di­ag­nosed with a ter­mi­nal con­di­tion - Arterial Vas­cu­lopa­thy.

Rio passed away in Jan­uary this year.

From the start of next month, Rio’s fa­ther Ryan will be run­ning from Mel­bourne to Syd­ney (over 1000km) to raise funds for Rio’s Le­gacy – a foun­da­tion set up to fund chil­dren’s hos­pices, pro­mote aware­ness and sup­port chil­dren with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness and their fam­i­lies.

On Oc­to­ber 4 – 5, Ryan will be in the Mans­field re­gion as part of his run.

Mans­field End of Lifers Group mem­ber, He­len Sieker, said her End of Lifers Group aims to sup­port the com­mu­nity to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in car­ing and sup­port­ing peo­ple at the end of their lives.

“The group heard that mem­bers of Rio’s Le­gacy would be trav­el­ling through Mans­field - and while the End of Lifers Group has a fo­cus on older age groups (with the in­ten­tion over time to in­volve the whole com­mu­nity), we felt it was op­por­tune to part­ner with Rio’s Le­gacy and raise aware­ness about and sup­port chil­dren with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness and their fam­i­lies,” He­len said.

Cur­rently there are only three chil­dren’s hos­pices / respite fa­cil­i­ties in Aus­tralia and as such there is a des­per­ate need for more.

Act­ing mayor Harry Wes­ten­dorp said Mans­field was one of only three demon­stra­tion projects in Vic­to­ria to re­ceive fund­ing from the Mu­nic­i­pal As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria to ex­plore how lo­cal gov­ern­ment can be in­volved in build­ing the ca­pac­ity of com­mu­ni­ties to ac­cept that dy­ing is a part of life.

“As part of the new ‘End of Life’ project in Mans­field, we have estab­lished a com­mu­nity net­work, the ‘Mans­field End of Lifers’ where com­mu­nity mem­bers can come to­gether, dis­cuss, gen­er­ate so­lu­tions and lo­cal re­sponses to end of life that are best for the Mans­field com­mu­nity,” Cr Wes­ten­dorp said.

“Ini­tially the group aims to start con­ver­sa­tions and en­cour­age peo­ple to talk about death, be­cause hav­ing knowl­edge helps us make in­formed de­ci­sions and be­ing able to act on that knowl­edge is em­pow­er­ing.”

The trivia night will start at 7pm at the De­latite Ho­tel, and Rio’s fa­ther, Ryan, will be giv­ing a talk about Rio’s Le­gacy.

The cost to par­tic­i­pate is $5 per per­son, with all funds raised go­ing to­wards Rio’s Le­gacy.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to book please con­tact Mans­field Shire Coun­cil’s End of Life project of­fi­cer, Bianca Sheeran, on 5775 8563 or [email protected] mans­field.vic.gov.au.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Rio’s le­gacy visit http:// riosle­gacy.org.au/.

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