Loss drives cou­ple to join fundraiser

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Como -

AFTER his sis­ter-in­law died from mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease (MND) in 2008, Como res­i­dent John Dod­man knew he needed to do some­thing.

He and his wife Bar­bara de­cided to get in­volved with the MND As­so­ci­a­tion.

“After her sis­ter passed away, Barb de­cided to get in­volved with the MND As­so­ci­a­tion, as did I,” he said. “Barb runs the ladies’ craft group, which raises money to support the as­so­ci­a­tion, and I’ve be­come a mem­ber of the board and I am on the drive com­mit­tee, so we’re in­volved as vol­un­teers in all sorts of ways.”

To­mor­row, Mr Dod­man and two friends will take part in the 2014 Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease Drive to raise funds for the MND As­so­ci­a­tion of WA (MNDWA). It will kick off in Fre­man­tle and wrap up in Esper­ance on Satur­day.

“We’re ab­so­lutely look­ing for­ward to the drive, it’s go­ing to be a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one tak­ing part,” he said.

MN­DAWA ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Fion­nu­ala Franey said after the suc­cess of last year’s MND Drive, she ex­pected the 2014 drive to be even big­ger and bet­ter.

“Ev­ery dol­lar raised by the sec­ond an­nual MND Drive will go di­rectly to­wards help­ing WA peo­ple liv­ing with MND, and also sup- ports re­search into find­ing a cause and a cure, so it’s a way for the com­mu­nity to di­rectly im­pact the lives of peo­ple with this

WHAT IS MND? hor­rific dis­ease,” she said.

Visit www.mnd awa.asn.au for more in­for­ma­tion about the MND Drive.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Kim Larsen and John Dod­man get ready for the 2014 Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease Drive.

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