Bring your family, friends and pooches to help cure MND
Throughout the year there are many charity walks around various parts of Canberra and Lake Burley Griffin which raise money for causes close to our hearts. This walk is close to my heart as my Dad died of "MND" or "Motor Neurone Disease" a number of years ago, and the frustration of it having no cure lives on within me.
This walk will help to raise money to help find a cure, and I encourage all Canberrans to register for this walk and have an enjoyable morning strolling along Lake Burley Griffin whilst doing something positive for the community.
You can walk, ride, scooter, push a pram, unicycle your way along the path - whatever mode of transport you like!
You can also include your dogs, so bring your pooches to give them some exercise and there is a sausage sizzle at the end (put on by Gungahlin Rotary) - which I'm sure they would enjoy too.
Photo of 2014 walk, courtesy of MND facebook page.
Motor Neurone Disease is a progressive disease that affects the nervous system. When the nerves that control muscles stop working, the person starts to lose use of their limbs, the ability to swallow and eventually it affects the heart and lungs. The persons mind is completely unaffected, so they essentially "trapped" within their body.
As there is no cure for this disease, like so many other diseases and cancers, it is heartbreaking to watch your loved one slowly start to lose their mobility and independence.
The statistics state that 2 people in Australia die from Motor Neurone Disease each day, while 2 more are diagnosed. The average length of time of survival from diagnosis to the person passing away is 18 months. My Dad lasted 10.
As I am new to Canberra, last year was my first year to attend the "Walk to d'Feet MND" 5.5km walk around Lake Burley Griffin and I was bolstered by the fact that there was a great turnout for the walk. The walk starts at Peace Park (just in front of the National Library) at 10am.
The walk takes you on a scenic walk along Lake Burley Griffin towards the marina, and then you turn back to walk the way you come. There is a registration table so you can register on the day (however it costs $10 extra for adults and $5 extra for kids), but it is best to register beforehand here.
For $30 for adults (including a T-shirt), $12 for kids (including a T-shirt) and $6 for dogs, it's a morning out for the whole family.
Everyone has a story, but the day is about getting together in a positive way to do something to help this cause.
So bring your friends, your family and your pooch and let's help find a cure for MND.
Cost:Member with MND: free. Adult with T-shirt: $30. Adult without T-shirt:$25. Child 5-16 with T-shirt:$12. Child 5-16 without T-shirt: $8.Dog: $6. A MND slap writband included for free. If you register on the day it costs extra.