MND Awareness Week

MND Awareness Week is in June every year, around Global MND Awareness Day on 21 June.

Awareness matters. As a newly diagnosed person, sharing your MND diagnosis is difficult – and it’s much worse when you have to repeatedly explain the effects of MND to loved ones. Greater public awareness of MND lessens this burden.

What will you do to raise awareness? Can you hold an event at your workplace, school or with friends and family?

Cuppa Tea for MND

Cuppa Tea for MND

June 18 to 24

Each year, we use MND Awareness Week as an opportunity to raise awareness and educate people about motor neurone disease (MND).

This year, we're having a lovely cup of tea and would love you to join us. We encourage you to host a Cuppa Tea for MND by inviting your friends, colleagues or family to a morning or afternoon tea, lunch or get-together, to raise awareness of MND and funds for our support service.

Our Support Team are at the core of our organisation, providing free support to people with MND all over New Zealand. They help build and maintain teams of health professionals around everyone with MND, and help the whanau surrounding people with MND work together as a team, so they all have the best quality of life possible.

Our ability to continue our support service to people with MND depends on the generosity of people like you. You can help us help people with MND by getting your team together for a Cuppa Tea for MND during MND Awareness Week (18 to 24 June).

Global MND Awareness Day is June 21, our winter solstice – the perfect day to get the team together for a hot cuppa. Can you host a Cuppa Tea for MND at your workplace, school, or with friends and family?

Go to our Everyday Hero page to donate or start fundraising.

After your event, please deposit any cash donations into the MND New Zealand bank account: 03 0539 0195083 000, using the reference "Tea’’ and your surname. Please email Claire to tell her where and when the banking was done.


How do I host a Cuppa Tea for MND?

Cuppa Tea for MND events can be big or small, anytime and anywhere. Simply invite your colleagues, club, friends or family to join you for a cuppa tea (and perhaps a piece of cake) in return for a donation to MND New Zealand. Email Claire with your contact details to get more information.

Why not give your event a theme, or combine it with a staff meeting, birthday, anniversary or other occasion. Some theme suggestions:

  • Cornflower Blue Cuppa  Get your guests to dress in blue or serve your tea in blue cups.
  • Mad Hatter Tea Party  How about a crazy hat and some mismatched crockery with your Cuppa!
  • Tea ‘n’ Treats  Put on the kettle, bake your favourite treat and share it with your work colleagues.
  • Takeaway Tea in the Park  Pack your morning tea in a bag, take your cuppa and spend some time relaxing with friends outdoors.


Ways to spread the word

  • Host a Cuppa Tea for MND.
  • Wear a blue cornflower – the symbol of hope for people living with MND – and talk to people about MND.
  • Use your social media accounts to spread our Global MND Awareness Day video on June 21.
  • Share your personal MND story by filling in the form on this website or by getting in touch with Annabel. You can also share your story on social media using #MNDWeek.
  • For further information about getting involved in MND Awareness Week, please contact Claire.