TAYLA Molluso has a dream.
It’s a dream many adventurous young women (and men) have had.
Some day soon, she hopes to move out of home.
She doesn’t know when or where yet — but the best thing is, she’s completely spoiled for choice.
Thanks to the Community Living and Respite Services’ Open Doors Project, more and more houses and units for people living with a disability are being erected across Echuca-Moama.
And one day, one of them could just have a room for Tayla.
But she knows these houses don’t grow on trees — and neither does money.
Which is why she and mum Tracey and dad Dominic are joining Johnno’s Run — a fundraiser for more CLRS independent living in the twin towns.
Held on July 29, funds from this year’s run will go straight towards a brand new house in Moama.
With that vital goal in mind, the Molluso family has already started training for the 5km run.
Or, as they laughingly say, ‘walk’.
‘‘This is our first time,’’ Tracey said.
‘‘We’ve trained once a week since March. The other day we walked 5km for the first time.
‘‘We’ve been in the community for a long time and know what Johnno’s Run is all about, but sadly haven’t been able to get involved until now.’’
CLRS plays a key, positive role in Tayla’s life.
In addition to being taken to water aerobics and gym sessions, Tayla is also a part of the Social Butterflies, a women’s group who meets once a month to enjoy pampering, movies and meals together.
And, of course, Tayla lends her expert barista skills to the Murray River Tea Rooms.
But right now, her key goal is Johnno’s Run.
So what will keep her going on the day?
For Tayla, it’s simple.
‘‘I want to raise some money for CLRS,’’ she said.
To get involved in Johnno’s Run, visit www.clrs.org.au/johnnosrun