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Walk 2 D’Feet MND

TalkLink works alongside the MND Association to support our clients with MND. We are please to support their fundraising efforts. Please see the below information regarding a nationwide walk taking place on 20 September.

Kia ora koutou,

Following on from the success of earlier Walk 2 D’Feet MND in Christchurch and Bay of Plenty, we are asking you to help us promote the first ever Nationwide Walk to be held on Sunday the 20th September 2015 in six different cities – Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

The Walk 2 D’Feet will raise awareness and funds to support people with MND but, most importantly, it will bring the MND community together in a show of strength and support.

Each walk will be somewhere between 3km and 5km on flat terrain that is wheelchair friendly. You can walk all or part of the route, or you don’t have to walk at all. We will have a range of festivities at each event including face painting, fun activities, spot prizes and even a few celebrities so we encourage you to bring along the whole family.

You can register for Walk 2 D’Feet at www.walk2dfeetmnd.co.nz and follow the Walk to D’Feet MND Facebook page to keep updated.

You can find more information about where to go on the day here.

We need your help to get the word out to our community!

Please encourage the people you know with MND, their families and their friends to join us on 20 September. We want to bring as many people in the community together as we can. Please point them to the Walk website or Facebook page.

Attached is a promotional poster for the events which you can pin up around your premises – it prints off as either A4 or A3

The poster can be downloaded here: MND Walk 2 D’Feet

“Research won’t help me, but it might help you, or your children, or even their children”

Dr Claire Reilly, who is leading the national organisation of these Walk 2 D’Feet events, has been living with MND for eight years. For her, it started with unexplained tripping and trouble doing up buttons. Within six months she was forced to give up her job at a major hospital in Melbourne and was confined to a wheelchair.

Now based in Ashburton, she is fighting to raise awareness of MND and establish a research fund to help find a cure for this horrific disease.

“Motor Neurone has taken away my ability to walk, run, hug, and hold,” she says. “I spend a large proportion of the day reclined in a chair because my neck muscles won’t support my head. My ability to communicate with others is dwindling and there may come a time when I can’t talk or move and I will be fed by a tube into my stomach.”

Claire encourages others with MND and their supporters to join the community for Walk 2 D’Feet to raise much needed funds for research.

“The research won’t help me, but it might help you, or your children, or even their children.”

If you have any comments, questions or queries about Walk 2 D’Feet, you can reach me on
027 499 1780 or at watsonsdb@xtra.co.nz

We hope to see you there!

MND Walk 2 D’Feet

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Paula Shennan

Paula Shennan

Speech Language Therapist at The Talklink Trust
I am a Speech and Language Therapist who joined the Talklink Auckland team in November 2011. I have an interest in the area of Assistive Technology and enabling and empowering individuals to communicate using various means.
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