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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Help to raise awareness, download, and print an 'About MND' poster to display in your community, share the Motor Neurone Disease Awareness graphic on your social media accounts, or add our frame to your Facebook profile photo for the month.
The MND Ice Bucket Challenge
We have adapted the 2014 social media ‘ALS Ice Bucket Challenge’, to continue to raise funds and awareness of motor neurone disease in New Zealand.
Will your business, school, or group join them in taking on the challenge?
Sign up and appoint one willing recipient in your organisation (e.g. CEO, principal, or group leader) to receive an icy drenching when you reach your fundraising target, or recruit a selection of willing staff/group members and ask for a donation per vote. The person with most votes receives the soaking.
Cuppa Tea for MND
Everyone loves a good cuppa. Cuppa Tea for MND events are taking place across New Zealand during June to raise awareness of MND and funds to support the work of MND New Zealand. The event can be big or small, take place anytime and anywhere. Simply invite your friends, colleagues, or family to a morning or afternoon tea, lunch, or get-together, and donate proceeds.
SHARE YOUR STORY
Do you have a story to share about your experiences with MND?
We invite you to help raise awareness about MND and its impact on New Zealanders by sharing your story when the time feels right. Help raise public awareness of MND and help other people with MND and carers to know they are not alone in their experiences.
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.