Walk for a cause

Benalla Ensign - - News -

The an­nual Walk to D’Feet MND will re­turn to Be­nalla for the 11th con­sec­u­tive year on Fe­bru­ary 25.

The an­nual fundraiser for Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease has been a mas­sive suc­cess since the first walk in 2008.

The event is sup­ported by a num­ber of lo­cal busi­nesses and a reg­u­lar re­sponse from shop own­ers when Sarah DeCrespigny en­ters their premises laden with posters for the event is ‘‘Is it that time of year again al­ready?’’

It’s a reg­u­lar ac­tiv­ity for DeCrespigny, a mem­ber of the Be­nalla Ac­t2DfeetMND com­mit­tee.

She is one of many who help ar­range the event, which raises funds for re­search and aware­ness and has be­come an in­te­gral part of the Be­nalla cal­en­dar.

This year’s event is on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 25, and will fol­low the usual suc­cess­ful for­mat, which in­cludes bike rides, walks, re­lays and the ti­tles of King, Queen, Prince and Princess of the Lake.

‘‘We started the event in 2008 when Mick Rodger was di­ag­nosed with MND and over the years we have been amazed by the sup­port of the Be­nalla Com­mu­nity,’’ or­gan­iser Robyn Smith said.

‘‘Our phi­los­o­phy has been to put on an event at no cost, so ev­ery dol­lar raised can be con­trib­uted to the cause.

‘‘We couldn’t do this with­out the sup­port of the com­mu­nity and busi­nesses, many who give their time and ser­vices freely.’’

The walk has al­ways sur­passed ex­pec­ta­tions. In its first year the com­mu­nity raised $72 000 to­wards re­search projects to find a cure.

Hav­ing met their tar­get of rais­ing $500 000 in 10 years, the com­mit­tee is keen to con­tinue the event as their other tar­get of find­ing a cure is get­ting closer.

Dur­ing the years more Be­nalla res­i­dents have been di­ag­nosed and passed away from MND, an event that was started af­ter one in­di­vid­ual’s suf­fer­ing has sadly be­come a much wider Be­nalla cause.

‘‘The Be­nalla com­mu­nity’s sup­port has been amaz­ing, and we hope that this will con­tinue un­til we find a cure,’’ Ms Smith said.

If you are in­ter­ested in tak­ing part, a pr­ereg­is­tra­tion shop will be open from Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 19, at Ram­bling Rose on Bridge St.

Well-sup­ported: Last year’s event saw the money raised since its in­cep­tion break $500 000.

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