Awareness matters. Every week in New Zealand, at least two people are diagnosed with MND. MND awareness leads to a greater understanding of MND in the wider community, which in turn helps to increase levels of support, funding, and research, to benefit those living with MND.
Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Month (June) is an annual opportunity to encourage more people to join our team in the fight against MND and its impacts. Global ALS/MND Awareness Day falls on 21st June every year and is a focal point of the month for us to unite globally in our efforts to support people living with MND.
Read about our previous awareness campaigns below.
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It Takes a Team
The campaign theme for Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Month 2020, ‘It takes a team’, recognised the drastic impact an MND diagnosis has, not only on the person living with MND but also on their family, whānau, and friends. ‘It Takes a Team’ recognises the support people living with MND offer to each other, alongside the support offered by MND New Zealand, health professionals, researchers, fundraisers, volunteers and supporters. It takes a team to live with MND.
Throughout June, members of the team shared their personal stories and experiences, raising awareness of motor neurone disease and its impact.
With social distancing still a concern in an Alert Level 1 COVID-19 climate, MND New Zealand encouraged people to take part in a virtual Cuppa Tea for MND and a held a month-long national Virtual Street Appeal to raise vital funds. We had over 200 new allies join our team throughout the month, and our supporters fundraised and donated over $7,000 through Cuppa Tea for MND and the Virtual Street Appeal! We are very grateful to everyone who got involved.