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5 December 2022


The harsh realities of motor neurone disease can be especially tough at Christmas.

Some people have the heart-breaking knowledge that this Christmas will be their last. Others are facing their first Christmas with an important person missing.

Across the motu families will be spending quality time together, having conversations around the dinner table, singing carols, and reading bedtime stories before Santa arrives.

But for those living with motor neurone disease (MND) these simple pleasures become challenging, and eventually impossible. Some will start to lose their voice, others unable to dance with friends or give their child a hug.

We’ve promised to do everything we can to make sure no one faces MND alone. Can you help us to keep that promise this Christmas?

By making a gift today, you’ll be helping to fund vital support services such as counselling, massage therapy, mobility transport assistance, and access to quality-of-life equipment.

This years' appeal features Michael, his wife Lara, and daugher Charlie-Louise. Michael was diagnosed at age 34 with MND. Thank you for being so generous and open with your experience.

Read more about Michael's story and donate

Motor Neurone Disease NZ supports people living with MND, their carers, and whānau, to enable them to have the best quality of life possible.

This means helping people living with MND access the full range of medical expertise and equipment they need, providing practical, emotional, and social support. We advocate for, educate, and provide up-to-date information for the MND community.

With your help, we can continue to provide community-based support free of charge. We are passionate about making a difference, dedicated to the people we serve, and united in our belief that one day, we will live in a world without MND. Until then, we work to make a real difference, every day, for those living with it.

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