Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

LAST week, the team at Kens­ing­ton Po­lice sta­tion took part in the ice bucket chal­lenge that has taken over so­cial me­dia re­cently. (Flick back to page 7 for the pho­tos) But does ev­ery­one know what this craze is ac­tu­ally about? The chal­lenge aims to raise funds for Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease re­search MND is a group of dis­eases that at­tack the nerve cells con­trol­ling the mus­cles that en­able peo­ple to move, speak, breath and swal­low. Once some­one if af­fected with MND, their av­er­age life ex­pectancy is 27 months and there is no known cure. Ac­cord­ing to MND Aus­tralia, ev­ery day two peo­ple are di­ag­nosed and two peo­ple die from MND in Aus­tralia. It’s for th­ese rea­sons and more why re­search is crit­i­cal. Early signs of MND in­clude stum­bling from weak­ness in the leg mus­cles or dif­fi­culty hold­ing ob­jects from weak­ness of the hand mus­cles. For more in­for­ma­tion visit MND Aus­tralia’s web­site.

Su­sanne Reilly - Re­porter

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