Mother and son team raise more than $500 to sup­port the MDA

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

I would like to sincerely thank all the re­tail­ers and cafes in Mata­mata who kindly let me place collection boxes of the Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy As­so­ci­a­tion (MDA) of New Zealand’s an­nual ap­peal, or al­lowed me to make an ap­peal at their premises dur­ing Bow Tie Week.

I must also thank Mata­mata Intermediate School and Hin­uera Play­cen­tre for tak­ing collection boxes. Most of all, I must thank the people of Mata­mata, who gave the do­na­tions.

To­gether with my son Ni­co­las Con­cha, a year 8 stu­dent at Mata­mata Intermediate, we col­lected a to­tal of $523.60.

I was told by North­ern Branch Of­fice man­ager Denise Gan­ley that it is the most raised by any­one this Bow Tie Week!

A great re­sult for a small town. We couldn’t have done this with­out your sup­port. All funds raised will be used by our North­ern branch.

The MDA pro­vides a va­ri­ety of ser­vices to help sup­port its mem­bers, who have neu­ro­mus­cu­lar con­di­tions.

Among these ser­vices is the pro­vi­sion of spe­cialised in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing neu­ro­mus­cu­lar con­di­tions and field­worker vis­its.

Neu­ro­mus­cu­lar con­di­tion is a broad um­brella term that de­scribes a va­ri­ety of mus­cle dis­eases.

These con­di­tions pri­mar­ily re­sult in pro­gres­sive mus­cle wastage and can be dev­as­tat­ing for those di­ag­nosed and their fam­i­lies.

Symp­toms can ap­pear just af­ter birth or for oth­ers not un­til much later in life, they are un­pre­dictable and there is no cure.

The MDA cur­rently sup­ports ap­prox­i­mately 60 dif­fer­ent neu­ro­mus­cu­lar con­di­tions in­clud­ing mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy.

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Ka pai!

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