New York state of mind: northern suburbs mums to run marathon for Ronald McDonald House Perth


Mother-of-two Lee Vivian (Duncraig) and mother-of-three Rebecca Schelfhout (Connolly) are raising money for Ronald McDonald House Perth ahead of running the New York Marathon in November. Picture: Diamond Images Photography
Mother-of-two Lee Vivian (Duncraig) and mother-of-three Rebecca Schelfhout (Connolly) are raising money for Ronald McDonald House Perth ahead of running the New York Marathon in November. Picture: Diamond Images Photography

THE heartache of having a seriously ill child is the driving force behind northern suburbs mothers Lee Vivian and Rebecca Schelfhout running their first marathon.

The friends will be running the New York Marathon in November for charity and have pledged to raise $20,000 for Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Perth.

Ms Vivian, a mother-of-two from Duncraig, said running a marathon scared her but the thought of having a sick child worried her even more.

She said facing the physical challenge of running 42.2km in the concrete jungle was “nothing compared to the daily heartache of having a seriously ill child”.

“I might only do a marathon once, and so why not make it the biggest marathon in the world, and for a charity that I believe in?” Ms Vivian said.

“Training to run a marathon and fundraising for charity honestly feels like nothing compared to what many of these families go through.”

Involved with RMH for about a year, Ms Vivian said the house offered more than a home for families with a child sick in hospital.

“Some of these families have been dealt such an awful blow with their child being diagnosed with serious, life threatening and long term illnesses,” she said.

“Add to that they live in regional WA and have to uproot their lives to Perth for treatment, for days, weeks or even a year or more.

“Ronald McDonald House gives them that soft place to land.

“It’s not just free accommodation for those families, it’s a hot meal every night, fun sessions in the learning centre, other families who are going through similar things, where you can provide each other support.”

The pair will be hosting a sold-out quiz night in June to help with their fundraising efforts as well as a movie night, fitness open days with Ms Schelfhout’s company Mum’s on a Mission, and a spring fling party in September.

Anyone able to make prize donations, email Mrs Vivian at Lnvivian83@gmail.com.

To donate, visit bit.ly/2F65hyE.

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