Ken putting MND on the map
KEN MacLennan did not realise what Motor Neurone Disease (MND) was until two people in his life were struck down by the debilitating condition.
Seeing the devastating effects so close to home, Mr MacLennan pioneered the annual MND Drive, this year titled Southwest Adventure 2016, to raise funds and awareness about the disease.
“Having an understanding that this disease is deadly gave me a whole new perspective on it,” he said.
“One of my colleagues was incapacitated in a wheelchair and nearly dead. Before that I didn’t actually even know what the disease was and how it affects people.
“I was sitting on the couch watching Top Gear with a beer and the most popular episodes were when they did road trips, which made me think there are a lot of people who enjoy a good fun road trip, which is where the concept of the drive started.”
Now in its fourth year, participants will follow each other convoystyle and with a set of clues, through the WA countryside, all with the hopes of raising muchneeded funds and awareness.
“It’s the best feeling of camaraderie between the group, and it’s infectious,” Mr MacLennan said.
“Each team really gets involved with the fundraising in the lead-up to the event, and to date we have raised more than half a million dollars for MND.
“I’d love to get over $200,000 for this year; that is the target.”
The group will leave from the East Fremantle Football Club on October 21 with a send-off breakfast, before arriving in Busselton for the first evening.
“All up over three days and two nights, the 16 cars in the convoy will cover around 800km of ground,” Mr MacLennan said.
MNDAWA executive officer Maeve Egan said the organisation relied heavily on community generosity. To register, visit www.mnddrive.com.au.
MND Drive creator Ken MacLennan.