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.
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.