When I decided to do my round the world trip, by bicycle, I didn’t have any real plans to support any charities. However, as time went by, I thought, “Why not put my muscles to good use?” Riding around the world is going to be a ton of fun (of course, there will be tough times as well – which will make it even more rewarding), but I also want to use it as a way to give back to the community. The charity that I have chosen to support is Fight MND.
Fight MND (a trading name of the Cure for MND Foundation), is a not-for-profit charity, and was established in 2014. It is endorsed by the ATO (Australian Taxation Office) and holds full DGR (deductible gift recipient) status, and are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC: 62740350704). All donations, AUD $2 (and over), by Aussie taxpayers, are fully tax-deductible.
The charity was formed, by the late Doctor Ian Davis (diagnosed with MND in 2011), to raise the awareness of MND (Motor Neurone Disease), in Australia and abroad, and to fund the research into finding a cure. They are Australia’s leading independent MND foundation, and are focused on large-scale clinical trials, with various research organisations, as well as improved care for those living with MND. The charity came to prominence, shortly after it was revealed that former AFL (Australian Football League) footballer, Neale Daniher, was diagnosed with MND. He has nicknamed the disease ‘The Beast‘.
Fight MND is the charity that I’ve chosen to support, and do so in the following ways:
- My Cycle Against the Beast rides
- Cycling Cares
- Regular donations
- The annual Big Freeze on Queen’s Birthday Monday, in June, at the MCG
MND is a progressive disease which attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal chord. This ultimately leads to signals not reaching your muscles (which will eventually waste away). It can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink, breathe, and so on. It is a silent killer. Fight MND exists to raise funds and awareness of the disease – funding goes towards providing care to those who have the disease, and also to attempt to find a cure.
I recently learnt that two of my high school teachers had fallen to the disease. Until then, I hadn’t had a real connection to the disease. Now that I do, it has become personal.
Every day, at least three Australians are diagnosed with MND. And, every day, at least three Australians die from it. There is no cure. Together, we can all fight The Beast. “Fight MND. It takes people.”