THE increasingly popular ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ has been making waves through the region in order to help raise funding and awareness for Motor Neuron Disease (MND) and last week, both The Nationals Candidate for Shepparton, Greg Barr and Member for Shepparton, Jeanette Powell took on the cool challenge.
MND, which affects approximately 1,900 Australians is a group of diseases in which the nerve cells (neurones) controlling the muscles that enable movement, speech, breathing and swallowing, undergo degeneration and die.
Since the first MND Ice Bucket Challenge in Australia two weeks ago, MND Australia has received $700,000 in donations from 14,000 supporters.
Greg said, “I was nominated for the MND Ice Bucket Challenge by Russell Orchard from GV Party Hire. Russell wore bathers for his challenge so I thought I’d step up and wear a suit and tie for my challenge; importantly we both donated to the MND Research Institute of Australia.
“To help keep the challenge going and to highlight the need to find a cure for MND, I nominated three people including the Member for Shepparton, Jeanette Powell.”
Jeanette said, “MND is an insidious terminal disease that statistics show kills two Australians each day.
“Congratulations to those taking the challenge and raising the profile of this disease, I’m happy to make a fool of myself for such a great cause,” Mrs Powell said.