People across Kildare can help support the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) by walking in their community this month.
When the remarkable Fr Tony Coote did his extraordinary walk two years ago from Donegal to Cork – some 550km – he raised €600,000 for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
From these miraculous funds, the IMNDA was able to hire a much needed fourth outreach nurse to care and support people living with Motor Neurone Disease. This has been invaluable, allowing IMNDA’s nursing team to reach more people in the community more often.
The outreach nursing service provided by the IMNDA helps over 400 people and families spread across 26 counties. This is the only service of its kind in the country and it is funded entirely from public donations.
So, they are calling on you and your loved ones to get walking together once more and continue what Tony started!
Walk in your community this September on your 5k Walk While You Can. You can register your event online by visiting www.imnda.ie.
MND is a progressive neurological condition that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting. MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. However, not all symptoms necessarily happen to everyone and it is unlikely they will all develop at the same time, or in any specific order.
There are currently over 400 people living with MND in Ireland. MND is often referred to as the 1,000-day disease as most people die within 1,000 days of first symptoms. One person dies every three days from MND.
The IMNDA is the primary support organisation for those affected by this disease. The IMNDA provides specialised services for people affected by this debilitating disease such as equipment on loan, financial assistance towards home help, advice and home visits by MND Nurse. In order to provide these vital services, the IMNDA depends heavily on the generosity of the public and supporters of the association who generate over 83% of its income.
For more information, check out fundraise.imnda.ie/event/walk-while-you-can.