Our Vision

Rio’s Legacy was created to assist families facing one of life’s greatest challenges, living life with a terminally ill child.

Psalm 139: 13 – 16 speaks of how the Lord creates individuals uniquely to fulfil their own destiny. With this as a beautiful reminder, Rio’s Legacy will strive to hold true this scripture and help those most in need, because all humans are fearfully and wonderfully made.  With only 3 hospices / respite centres in Australia for children under the age of 18, Rio’s Legacy’s aim is to provide more facilities readily available for families going through the most difficult time in their lives, living with a child who has a terminal illness.

Rio’s Legacy will also support the upgrade of current facilities at Sydney Children’s Hospital and The Bear Cottage in efforts to support young people and their families who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Where Your Money Goes...

With your help, money raised through Rio’s Legacy will focus on:

  • Upgrade / Improve the Intensive Care Unit Hostel rooms for parents with children in the ICU at “The Sydney Children’s Hospital”, Randwick NSW Australia ($150,000). The ICU become Rio’s second home with over 42 days spent in hospital, 32 of them were in ICU. The hostel rooms provide accommodation for parents and were invaluable for us to use in order to be close when needed for Rio.
  • Support the vision and wonderful work of “Bear Cottage” and it’s amazing team. Bear Cottage was established in 2001 and since this time has provided many families with holistic support, respite and end of life care for children with terminal illnesses. Rio was able to spend the last days of his life in a warm environment playing with toys while family sat by his side, rather than in a hospital bed. In the toughest of times it is a truly remarkable place.
  • Working with State Government Authorities, Rio's Legacy will plan, develop and build more respite / hospice facilities across Australia. With only 3 hospices / respite centres in Australia for children under the age of 18, our aim is to provide more facilities / centres readily available to assist and support families and their children who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. (approx. $5 Million)
$204,652 of $4 million raised

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Rio’s Legacy was created due to the love and affection Rio exemplified, showed his world, and received in return…if only for a short period of time. 
We would be so thankful if through his journey, Rio’s Legacy would be able to provide help to those facing similar battles to ourselves and offer a gift of hope…because just like Rio, you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Thank you for your donations and support.