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Cask ’N Flagon fundraiser will help replace damaged RTR vans

The South Shore community continues to rally around Road to Responsibility after a fire destroyed two wheelchair vans on March 22.

It will cost Road to Responsibility $80,000 to replace the two vans, and the Marshfield-based organization is about halfway to that funding goal after a surge of donations on crowd funding pages and the organization’s website following the fire, said Director of Development for Road to Responsibility, Serenity Belo.

“But there’s still a long way to go,” Belo said.

Community members, including local resident Maureen Elliot, have worked to pull together a fundraising event at the Cask ’N Flagon from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 to help RTR get closer to the $80,000 goal.

The event will feature live music, a cash bar, raffles and silent auction items. Cost is $20 per person for admission.

Belo said the organization is grateful for the community’s support, with donations, organizing the Cask ’N Flagon event, and just the support people have shown in general after the fire.

“We are already facing huge budget cuts and we weren’t anticipating this would happen, so we clearly didn’t budget for it,” Belo said. “We need them and appreciate them. We appreciate everyone who’s gone above and beyond for us.”

Road to Responsibility provides support for those with developmental disabilities to become integrated into the community, by providing residential, occupational and other day supports.

A big part of how the organization is able to support the individuals is to provide transportation to jobs, interviews, programming and different types of therapy.

If you can’t make it April 11, but still want to support Road to Responsibility, you can donate on the organization’s website,, or go to Facebook and share the information about the fundraising event with your friends, and Like the RTR page to keep up to date on the organization, Belo said.

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Road To Responsibility employee continues to beat odds, inspire others

Posted Feb 17, 2017

This past summer, Femita Ayanbeku sent an email to Chris White, Road To Responsibility President and CEO, with a small request.

She had been selected to be a part of the Team USA Paralympic track and field team, and the team was heading to Rio de Janeiro.

This was literally a chance of a lifetime for Ayanbeku. The only problem was she didn't have enough time off to continue on to Rio with her team.

Ayanbeku started working at RTR about three years ago part time, while she was still in college. When she graduated, she was offered a full time position at RTR and now provides daily support services at the RTR supportive home in Abington that serves 11 adults.

White recognized the uniqueness of Ayanbeku's request and knew this was an opportunity of a lifetime for her. He responded with encouragement and reassurance that her job would be waiting for her when she returned.

Ayanbeku hasn't always been a runner; in fact she has only been running for about a year. This discovery came basically by accident when she was given a running blade at an event she attended with a friend. Ayanbeku tried it on, and started running. The blade "felt natural," unlike her other prosthesis, and from that point on all she wanted to do was run.

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