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SE women head to Sri Lanka for hospice fundraiser

Sep 20, 2016
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Four SE women have been cycling non-stop to prepare for a 10-day trek in Sri Lanka that starts on Monday.
Lavinia Hannaford from Frances, Linda Skinner from Goroke, Margie Sinclair from Naracoorte and Louise Johnson from Willalooka have taken on the challenge in an effort to raise much-needed funds for the Daw Park Hospice Foundation which supports palliative care, based in Adelaide.
Between them, the women have raised around $14,000 which will assist the Daw House Hospice Foundation continue its vital work helping people with life-limiting illnesses and supporting their families throughout.
Daw House Hospice Foundation believes end of life is as valued as its beginning and how it is lived.
They are committed to raising funds to support the work of Southern Adelaide Palliative Services and Daw House Hospice services.
Lavinia’s interest in the cause started when her friend from Adelaide became involved, and she has since found three other keen riders who have all worked hard to raise funds.
The women were behind the great show “Wanda, Queen of the Desert” in Frances last month.
Another great fundraiser was organised by Louise who auctioned off her cattle at the Naracoorte saleyards on September 6.
All the proceeds from this and the show have been included to go towards the Daw Park Hospice.
Lavinia said the team members – all around the age of 50 – have been very busy on the bike, and have been riding together for training almost every day.
”It’s been good to have a goal for fitness,” she said.
Lavinia has never been to Sri Lanka and is really excited.
”It’s going to be incredible really. It’s not a country I’d normally visit.”
The trek includes visiting ruins dating back to the 5th century AD and rides to important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists from around the world.
The trek has 16 participants, including the four SE women. The other participants include staff from the hospice and family and friends of patients.
The challenge will make a difference to the lives of the “hidden people” of the community – those who are facing the challenge of living with a life limiting illness.
When a cure is no longer possible, patients require not only physical support, but also psychological, emotional, and spiritual care.
The Daw House Hospice Foundation is part of this vital support network.
The foundation plays a direct role in this work by raising the funds needed to ensure the journey is made comfortable by supporting programs, items, and services not currently funded by the government.

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