Support Ryan on Rio’s run
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/.