Awareness matters. Sharing a motor neurone disease (MND) diagnosis is difficult – and it’s much worse when you have to repeatedly explain the effects of MND to those around you. Greater public awareness of MND lessens this burden. Every week in New Zealand, at least two people are diagnosed with MND.
Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Day is held on 21st June every year. In past years we have held activities on Awareness Day, and since 2017, held an annual Awareness Week.
This year, we’re going one step further, with the whole month of June dedicated to raising awareness of the impact of MND.
Want to get involved with raising awareness? Check out the ideas below.
June 17 to 23
You can help people with motor neurone disease by getting your friends, family or work colleagues together for a Cuppa Tea for MND during MND Awareness Week (17-23 June).
Last year 45 Cuppa Tea for MND events were held all over the country, including at the Beehive. These events are a great way to raise awareness and educate people about motor neurone disease, as well as raise vital funds to help MND New Zealand to provide the best quality care and support for those living with motor neurone disease.
Want to host a Cuppa Tea for MND?
Join us in Auckland for for "An update on MND Research - Homegrown and Abroad" with guest speakers Professor Chris Shaw, Dr Emma Scotter and MND Registry Curator Kerry Walker. Afternoon tea will also be provided. Bookings are essential. Click here for further details.
June 17 to 23
This year we are asking volunteers to donate their time and energy to spread the word and raise funds. Could you organise a MND New Zealand collection at your local supermarket, garden centre or mall during MND Awareness Week? To show your interest and for advice and support in organising a collection, please contact Kate Dalders (E: email@example.com, T: 0272069606).