The Motor Neurons Disease (MND) is arguably one of the deadliest diseases and also responsible for a significant percentage of deaths in the world. This neurological condition attacks the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Walking, eating and talking are affected by the disease eventually causing complete paralysis.
There is no cure for MND, and the onset of the disease leads people to require wheelchairs and eventually round the clock healthcare. The disease costs the patient a significant amount of money. However, only a handful of patients can afford the proper care to manage the disease.
Aussie Racing’s Relationship with the MND Foundation
Currently, the car racing community leads the efforts of supporting patients through MND donations. One of the most popular organizations that support MND is Aussie Racing Cars.
Aussie Racing Cars is a popular racing category where cars are built over motorcycle chassis. The vehicles are called silhouette cars and raced by men and women.
Jeff Watters, a driver from Melbourne, had a close friend who lost his life to MND. After seeing first hand how devastating the disease is, Jeff has dedicated his life to supporting MND victims and raising awareness about this disease. Jeff began his initiative in 2013 and with time has made MND awareness a huge part of Aussie racing.
Aussie Racing Cars makes MND their official charity. Through their support, families, and victims get to enjoy a firsthand experience of the track and behind the scenes of Aussie racing. This MND charity initiative has attracted several sponsors which include: Hertz Australia, Peddlers Suspension, Aughtersones Insurance Brokers among others.
There is even a branded MND car. Number 96 Autosport Racing car was renamed the number 96 Cure for MND Racing Car. Jeff Waters drives this car and also provides it for fan pictures. The car provides a reminder of how important the MND foundation is.
The Aussie Racing MND campaign has given many patients access to expensive specialized treatment. Aussie racing is hugely popular thus making it the leading MND charity organization in the world.
MND Charity Virtual Races
Aussie Racing boosts its efforts to raise money by introducing fans to virtual races. These virtual races provide an opportunity for donators to show their support towards MND. The virtual race involves running or walking on a treadmill at a racetrack.
At the end of the event, a participant receives a sticker that shows support for the fight against MND. These virtual races are not only fun but also allow supporters of the movement and victims alike to come together, interact and comfort each other.
MND is a devastating disease that has no cure. For that reason, it is important that money is channeled to research to find a cure. And while we wait for that cure, money also has to go to patients to help them be as comfortable as possible.
Hats off to Aussie Racing for their help in raising money for MND.