BEN Moroney and his family are turning a personal tragedy into a mission that could change the lives of sick children in Tasmania.
Mr Moroney, of Hobart, and his nine-year-old son, Liam, were involved in a high-speed motor vehicle accident late last year which left Liam severely injured.
Eight months on Liam is on the way to a full recovery, despite earlier predictions.
To pay thanks to the staff and to support the Royal Hobart Hospital’s (RHH) Neonatal and Intensive Care Unit (NPICU) and Paediatric Ward, the Moroney-Marshall family is working to raise money for children’s entertainment at the RHH.
Mr Moroney is hoping to raise $10,000 through sponsorship of his participation in the 42.2 kilometre event at the Ross Marathons.
The funds will be used to purchase toys, game consoles, tablets and board games for children to use at the RHH.
Mr Moroney said anxiety and boredom were big issues felt by Liam during his stay at the RHH, especially given that Liam could not get out of bed for more than a month.
“During his stay in the NPICU, and then his five-week stint in the Paediatric Ward, Liam received great treatment from the medical and non-medical staff who did their best to make him comfortable, healthy and keep his spirits up,” he said.
“We learnt that while there is lots of amazing medical equipment to help kids get better, the ward lacks simple things like modern and non-worn games, toys and electronic entertainment.
“The importance of these kinds of items cannot be underestimated in helping children recover during such a traumatic time in their lives.”
Mr Moroney said he hoped the new items would make the recovery process of these sick, scared and anxious children a little more bearable.
As well as the Ross Marathons, which Mr Moroney will be participating in on Father’s Day on 6 September, a quiz night and silent auction will be held on Saturday 22 August at the Polish Club in New Town to raise funds for the cause.
“Tasmanian business including Frogmore Creek Winery, Zanzo Photography, Salamanca Massage Centre have generously donated items to the silent auction,” Mr Moroney said.
“However we are still hoping to acquire some more before the event – any donation, small or large, is appreciated.”
To sponsor Mr Moroney to run the Ross Marathons go to www.gofundme.com/xg86xhrg.
To register for the quiz night and to follow Mr Moroney’s progress “like” the Dad’s Marathon Fundraiser for RHH Kids Facebook page.