Family pedal to beat MND
The Port Hedland community has left its mark on a family of four who have spent the past nine months riding their push bikes across Australia to raise funds for motor neurone disease research.
Jozef and Diana Wolters and their children Cloe, 14, and Jack, 12, stopped in Port Hedland earlier this month as part of their wheelspinning journey, which began in their home town of Bundaberg, Queensland.
The Wolters said they were “blown away” by the support and generosity of the community, who rolled up their sleeves to support and contribute towards their fundraising efforts of more than $20,000.
After losing Jozef’s father to the disease in July, 2017, the Wolters identified a gap in the number of services available to carers and family members affected by MND.
Mr Wolter said there was not enough funding to have permanent counselling services available to those affected, particularly in rural areas.
“In cities, it’s easier where there’s more people, where there’s more population — it’s easier to have a full-time person,” he said.
“The counsellor that we had available to us in Bundaberg was only available to us three days a week.
“They’re not employed long enough.
“It’s rather impossible for one person to cover all that area and meet with every person and give them the support that they need.
“Its necessary, especially in the case where it’s a partner that takes care of the partner, that they get counselling for at least 12 months after the partner has passed, because there are a lot of questions they want answered.”
The Wolters aim to raise $50,000 and are in the process of engaging with State, Territory and Federal governments to match the funding they have raised for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Queensland. To find out more visit give.everydayhero.com/au/oneyear-on-our-bike.
Cloe, 14, Jozef, Diana, and Jack Wolters, 12.