There was a fantastic display of community spirit at the Walk to d’Feet MND event at Westport Park on Sunday, September 16.
A large group turned out in support of the event and its goal to raise awareness and funds for those who are diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
MND is the name given to a group of diseases where nerve cells (neurones) which control the muscles that enable people to move, speak, breathe and swallow fail to work normally.
As a united front people walked with their friends, family members and dogs about five kilometres from Westport Park to Town Beach and back.
Lake Cathie resident Jan Twyford was diagnosed with the disease a year ago but it hasn’t stopped her from fighting back.
Although Jan has lost the ability to speak, with the support of her husband she raised $4000 to contribute to the cause.
MND NSW’s fundraising coordinator Kym Nielson said there was a fantastic atmosphere on the day.
“There is a sense of camaraderie and that’s important for people who have MND, so they know they are not alone in fighting it,” she said.
Local organiser Bev Smith launched the local event in Port Macquarie eight years ago.
Her partner died from the disease six years ago.
Bev said she decided to organise the event because she wanted to give back to the community and raise awareness of the debilitating disease.
According to MND Australia each day two people are diagnosed with the disease and two others die from it.
Over 2000 people have MND in Australia, where 60 per cent are male and 40 per cent are female.
For more information or to make a donation please visit the MND NSW website.