Call for walkers to step up for fundraiser

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Spreading the word ... Kerri Field, of Balclutha, is hoping to get help preparing for November's Walk 2 D'Feet MND event, which will raise funds for motor neurone disease research. PHOTO: JACK CONROY

Balclutha resident Kerri Field is trying to raise awareness of motor neurone disease (MND) in the South, and she has put out a call for help.

She is organising the Walk 2 D’Feet MND fundraising event, in which people come together to take part in a walk and an auction.

The event is not until November 11, but there is a lot to prepare.

“There is always a job to do. Anything helps,” she said.

Thisis the second time Mrs Field has organised the event.

She said she hoped to beat the fundraising record of last year, which was just under $4000.

People made a donation to be part of the walking event, and they could also give money and prizes to the auction that would be held.

Although the event was held only once a year, costly MND research and assistance was operating year-round, she said.

donate things or money right throughout the year. We also have bingo nights and mufti days in schools.”

Mrs Field has a personal reason for taking up the MND cause, as her father had the disease.

“It’s the cruellest disease. It wastes away everything apart from your mind. There is no cure at all, so my aim is to get a cure.”

New Zealand had one of the highest rates of MND in the world “and nobody knows why”.

Mrs Field said awareness of the condition was growing, but there was still a long way to go.

“It’s quite a degrading disease, so people who have it tend to hide away.”