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 God creates individuals uniquely to fulfil their own destiny. With this as our 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 vision 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.  On top of this, Rio’s Legacy will look to assist families who have a child in the intensive care unit at the Sydney Children’s Hospital and support children and young people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and their families at Bear Cottage. 

Where Your Money Goes...

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

  • Assisting families faced with having a child in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick (Australia). The ICU become Rio’s second home with over 42 days spent in hospital, 32 of them were in the ICU ward. Given this Rio's Legacy is wanting to assist families with their accommodation when needing to be close to the ICU in their time of need.
  • Supporting 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 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 and alongside State Government Authorities, Rio's Legacy will plan, develop and seek to build more respite / hospice facilities across Australia. With only THREE hospices / respite centres in Australia for children under the age of 18, our aim is to to provide more facilities readily available to assist and support families and their children who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.
$214,276 of $4 million raised

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Rio’s Legacy would be so thankful that if through his journey, we are able to provide help to families facing such battles and offer a gift of hope, because just like Rio, all children with a terminal illness are Fearfully & Wonderfully made.

We cannot thank you enough for your donation & support.