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Ice, Ice Baby!! Ray White Craigieburn’s Ice Bucket Challenge!

By Niketa Loftus

Staff at Ray White Craigieburn would like to contribute to the MND Australia foundation by having their very own Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge will be held on September 12th 2014.

If you donate $50 or more YOU get the chance to tip the bucket of icy water over the staff member of your choice! So get donating at http://personalchallenge.gofundraise.com.au/page/RWCIcebucket

THE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE IN AUSTRALIA

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is known as MND (motor neurone disease) in Australia.

On 10 August the Ice Bucket Challenge reached Australian shores when Rod Harris, CEO of MND Victoria was nominated to complete the challenge by Rachel Patterson of the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations.

Since this first Australian drenching, staff members from MND Australia and  the state MND associations as well as  MND researchers and members of the MND community have taken up the icy challenge.

In Australia the Ice Bucket Challenge started to gain widespread publicity when Hamish McLachlan, host of Channel 7’s Game Day completed the challenge on live to air TV. Hamish was challenged by Patrick Cunningham who together with his wife Angie conceptualised and initiated Laugh to Cure MND to raise money for the MND Research Institute of Australia. Angie  is living with MND. She played and worked on the Women’s Tennis Tour for 15 years.

The Ice Bucket Challenge is now being taken up by some of Australia’s most famous people, the first being Russell Crowe who was challenged by Ricky Gervais.

To date over $200,000 has been raised for MND research and to support people living with MND in Australia.

Facts about MND

  • MND is a progressive, terminal neurological disease
  • There is no known cure and no effective treatment for MND
  • Each day in Australia two people die from MND
  • Each day in Australia two people are diagnosed with MND
  • People with MND progressively lose the use of their limbs and ability to speak, swallow and breathe, whilst their mind and senses usually remain intact
  • Average life expectancy is 27 months
  • An estimated 1,900 people have MND in Australia
  • For every person diagnosed with MND it is estimated that a further 14 members of their family and their friends will live with the effect of MND forever

To find out more about MND in Australia visit their website at  https://www.mndaust.asn.au

To donate and help Ray White Craigieburn reach their target in the “Ice Bucket Challenge” click here . All donations big and small are welcome.

We thank you in advance for your generosity.

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