MND New Zealand are proud to be the official charity partner of Emirates Team New Zealand for the 36th America's Cup. Emirates Team New Zealand have first-hand experience witnessing the devastation of MND through their teammate and former Director, Greg Horton. The team are helping MND New Zealand increase awareness and inspire others to join them in supporting people living with motor neurone disease.
June 2020 - Emirates Team New Zealand proudly support Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Month
28th January 2020 - Te Kāhu mainsail features MND New Zealand’s logo
Emirates Team New Zealand launched their test boat, Te Kāhu, with MND New Zealand’s logo prominently displayed on the mainsail! Exposure like this is invaluable in raising awareness.
CEO Grant Dalton says: “MND New Zealand is very dear to us as an organisation and having the ability to raise awareness of the vital work they do in supporting people and families dealing with MND is something we are really honoured to do by having their logo on the mainsail of Te Kāhu.”
14th September - Items auctioned at The Grocery Charity Ball
As part of its support for MND New Zealand, Emirates Team New Zealand donated a signed shirt, a day with the 35th America's Cup, and an immersion day with the team at the base and out on the water to be one of the few to board Te Aihe, as auction items at The Grocery Charity Ball. These items alone raised $12,000 at the event!
6th Sept 2019 - Official launch of the first Emirates Team New Zealand boat, “Te Aihe”
MND New Zealand representatives attended the official launch of the first Emirates Team New Zealand boat, “Te Aihe” (dolphin) at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. Marcus Gerbich, who is living with MND, helped with a special and vitally important tradition, christening the boat. It was the first AC75 to touch the water.
Marcus says: “Our family have been fans of Emirates Team New Zealand for many years, and it was a great honour to be able to represent MND New Zealand in the launch of our latest America’s Cup yacht. And doesn’t she look fast!”
June 2019 – MND New Zealand announced as the official charity partner of Emirates Team New Zealand
MND New Zealand partner with Emirates Team New Zealand as the official charity of the Team for the 36th America’s Cup. Emirates Team New Zealand have first-hand experience witnessing the devastation of MND through teammate and former Director and current Director of America’s Cup Event Ltd (ACE), Greg Horton.
CEO Grant Dalton says: “Greg has been and continues to be an undeniable inspiration to the team while fighting MND. Whilst the disease is having a devastating effect on him physically he has always remained so strong and optimistic despite his personal hardship, he contributed to our success in winning the Cup in Bermuda, and he still manages to undertake his vital role towards the planning for the 36th America’s Cup in 2021.”
Greg appeared on The Project as part of the announcement: