Rayne Runs for Lilyroo

Three months ago, Rayne Watkin welcomed her second child, Freddy, into the world. In one month, on October 12th, she is running the Melbourne Half Marathon (21.1km) to raise money for the Lilyroo Fund.

We sat down with the Lilyroo Fund’s first official fundraiser to find out a bit more about her…

Hi Rayne, first of all thank you so much for choosing to fund raise for the Lilyroo Fund. For the benefit of those who don’t know you, could you tell us a bit about yourself please?

Certainly, well I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, where I studied for a BA in Human Movement and a Diploma in Massage Therapy. I moved to Australia in 2000, where I studied for a BSc and Master in Osteopathy. Collectively I’ve been working for almost 20 years in manual medicine, my first 10 years in massage and the last 10 years as an osteopath. I currently work at Yarraville Health Group, as a Doctor of Osteopathic medicine but am on maternity leave. I’ve been married to my husband Mark for 5 years, and we have two children: Libby, who is 3, and Freddy who was born on 9th June.

Rayne with Libby and Freddy

Rayne with Libby and Freddy

We also have a cat called Ollie and a dog called Boris, who you are well acquainted with Pete!

Ah yes, my old mate/nemesis Boris!
(Whilst Pete was house sitting for Mark and Rayne, Pete took Boris for a run and tripped over him, breaking Pete’s left elbow, and cracking a few ribs!)

Yes, but you had a good osteopath to help you heal quickly!

I certainly did, and Boris and I have been back on “speaking terms” for a while now! I wonder if you could tell us a bit more about what your job entails?

I am a primary allopathic practitioner which means I diagnose and practise manual medicine. I take a holistic approach to healing that encompasses the mind, body and soul. All three are equally important in allowing the body to heal itself. I love what I do as I help make a difference in people’s health and wellbeing.

Outside of your work and family, what do you enjoy doing?

I love yoga, music and photography.

Having known you for a few years now, you’re a very spiritual person, which is demonstrated by your love of yoga, but you’re also a very competitive sports person. Can you tell us a bit more about your sporting achievements?

Sure. I competed in lightweight rowing in Canada from 1992, and was fortunate to have a lot of success at club level, winning provincial, national and international regattas. I was also part of the Canadian development program. Like Mark, I was also captain of my rowing club.
I carried on rowing when I moved to Australia and won multiple masters level national rowing titles and that culminated in winning Master Rower of the Year for Victoria in 2006. I’ve also won the 92 km Murray river rowathon twice, and during a year off rowing gave kayaking a whirl coming 3rd in the 404 km Murray river race in the TK2 class.
In recent years I’ve been doing more running and completed my first marathon in 2012, although until a few weeks ago, I hadn’t touched my running shoes in 12 months whilst I was pregnant with Freddy.

Rayne at the 2012 Gold Coast Marathon

Rayne at the 2012 Gold Coast Marathon

So what made you put the running shoes back on?

I am doing this run for the Lilyroo Fund first and foremost because sadly I was not able to meet Lily and hold her hand and stand beside two very special friends in their time of need. I feel this is my way of connecting with her as no matter how difficult this run may be after just myself having a baby it is nothing compared to what Lily and her whole family have been through. I am also running because I feel so completely in awe of the incredible men and women that work with these precious lives that come into the world too soon and I want to be able to help future young lives and the best way to do that is making sure they have the best equipment at their disposal.

Simply I am running because I can and I want to help in any way I can.

What do you hope to raise?

I hope to raise over $3000.00 and just as importantly I want to raise awareness about the Lilyroo fund and all the good they are doing and will do in the future.

What do you want to achieve personally?

Obviously I want to complete this half marathon but nothing could make it more fulfilling than to do it alongside Lily’s amazing mom. I did not get to hold Lily’s hand when she was born, but as we cross the finish line on 12 October, Kristie and I will hold hands in memory of Lily.

Rayne and Kristie

Rayne and Kristie will hold hands as they cross the finish line of the Melbourne Half Marathon

And your raison d’etre?

To follow my dreams and support others in theirs.

Thank you Rayne, and thank you for supporting our dream of raising $200,000 for the Women’s NISC unit.

You can donate to Rayne from her fundraising page.

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