Shaun’s beard chal­lenge

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

GROW­ING a beard is such a sim­ple act when you think of all the chal­lenges peo­ple with mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease (MND) face ev­ery sin­gle day, says Wem­b­ley res­i­dent Shaun Kay.

Mr Kay is hop­ing to raise $10,000 for MND As­so­ci­a­tion of WA by tak­ing part in the third an­nual Get on Beard chal­lenge from June 1 to Au­gust 30.

“I’ve never had a beard in my life,” he said. “It’s quite a pow­er­ful feel­ing know­ing that you’re rais­ing aware­ness for a good cause by not be­ing afraid to put down the ra­zor.”

Mr Kay was inspired to sign up for the fundraiser af­ter his great-un­cle died from MND.

“Com­ing from a larger ru­ral fam­ily, it was dif­fi­cult to com­pre­hend how my great un­cle suf­fered and how his fam­ily man­aged to sup­port him,” he said.

Get on Beard founder and fel­low Wem­b­ley res­i­dent Mat Aitchi­son said Get on Beard was go­ing from strength to strength.

“We don’t ask peo­ple to give a lot, we aim to get a lot of peo­ple to give a lit­tle, and in the end it all adds up and can make a huge dif­fer­ence to oth­ers’ lives,” he said.

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Shaun Kay is get­ting on a beard to raise funds for MND.

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