Sunday, March 18, 2018

Benalla walks for Motor Neurone Disease

sadviser February 29, 2012

WALK FOR SUPPORT… The Mick Rodger –Walk to D-Feet MND event took centre stage at Lake Benalla foreshore last weekend. The annual event helps raise funds for research for Motor Neurone Disease. Photo: George Adams.By David Lee
IN a bid to assist people affected by Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and help raise funds for research, the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria (MND Vic) held the Mick Rodger Walk to D-Feet MND fundraiser taking centre stage at Lake Benalla foreshore last weekend.
The day saw more than 1,500 participants take part in a long cycle event (89km), short cycle event (26km), 5km walk, seniors’ walk, relay run (12km, six in a team) and King and Queen of the Lake events, raising $50,000 for research into MND.
MND Vic committee member, Sarah de Crespigny spoke with The Adviser saying MND Vic has to date, independently raised over $260,000 for research.
“Australia is the forefront of a breakthrough of slowing the disease down. Last year in Benalla we had just over 1,000 walkers who helped to raise over $30,000.
MND Vic Fundraising Manager, Kathy Nightingale said the MND Association of Victoria is involved in funding ongoing research into the disease adding there is currently no known cause or cure.
“To improve the effectiveness of the support of people with the disease we must develop a better understanding of the disease and its progression as well as the emerging needs of people living with MND,” Kathy said.