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Rio’s Run

October 1 - October 26

The 2018 “Rio Challenge” – Rio’s Run – 1st October 2018 

Challenge: Charity Run from Melbourne to Sydney

Distance: Approx. 1027Kms

Days: 26 days

As part of Rio’s Legacy’s (RL) vision to support children with a terminal illness and their families, each year RL will aim to do a “Rio Challenge” in efforts to fundraise and create awareness for this cause. This year’s challenge will be Rio’s Run.

On the 1st October we will be running from Melbourne to Sydney (over 1000kms) to raise funds, promote awareness and support children with a terminal illness and their families. Rio (17 months old) survived 5 major operations (including 2 amputations, heart and kidney failure) only be told he had a terminal illness after all this. Bear Cottage is a children’s hospice / respite facility in Manly and if it wasn’t for this place to support Rio, we don’t know how we would have survived the passing of young Rio in January.

Australia needs more children’s hospices to help support kids with a terminal illness and their families during the most difficult time in their lives. Currently there are ONLY 3 children’s hospices / respite facilities in Australia and as such there is a desperate need for more. Rio’s Legacy through Rio’s Run is looking to support and provide much needed finance for a young adults hospice similar to Bear Cottage.

Rio’s Run will leave Melbourne’s Very Special Kids (Malvern – one of the 3 hospices in Australia) on Monday 1st October and 26 days later arrive at The Scots College Main Oval, Bellevue Hill NSW on Friday 26th October, where Rio called home.

Details of each stage are outlined below:

1st October. Very Special Kids (Malvern) – Dandenong (25.6km)
2nd. Dandenong – Tarrawarra (49.3km)
3rd. Yarra Glen Bypass – Yea (58km)
4th. Yea – Maroondah (44.2km)
5th. Maroondah – Barjarg (37.2km)
6th. Barjag – Benalla (44.4km)
7th. Benalla – Wangaratta (41.7km)
8th. Wangaratta – Beechworth (39.2km)
9th. Beechworth – Albury (45.2km)
10th. Albury – Culcairn (50km)
11th. Culcairn – Yerong Creek (32.4km)
12th. Yerong Creek – Wagga Wagga (45.9km)
13th. Wagga Wagga – Wantabadgery (38.3km)
14th. Wantabadgery – Gundagai (42.1km)
15th. Gundagai – Jugiong (41.4km)
16th. Jugiong – Bookham (30.5km)
17th. Bookham – Yass (38.1km)
18th. Yass – Gunning (43.8km)
19th. Gunning – Breadalbane (25.8km)
20th. Breadalbane – Goulburn (24.8km)
21st. Goulburn – Wingello (46.6km)
22nd. Wingello – Bowral (41.9km)
23rd. Bowral – Picton(44.7km)
24th. Picton – Leppington (40.7km)
25th. Leppington – Petersham (44km)
26th October. Petersham – The Scots College (13.1km)

Rio’s Legacy is indeed grateful and humbled by your support and generosity in our efforts to support children with a terminal illness and their families. 

Rio’s Legacy is hoping to raise $200,000 for the run…

To DONATE please go to our Donate page on www.rioslegacy.org.au/donation/

If you can donate, or know someone who can; if you can share and assist in promoting awareness, it would be greatly appreciated…because these kids are all fearfully and wonderfully made…

Go to www.rioslegacy.org.au to donate (all donations are fully tax deductible). 

Thank you for your donations and support for Rio’s Legacy.


October 1
October 26


Rio’s Legacy


Very Special Kids
321 Glenferrie Road
Malvern, VIC 3144 Australia
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