May 15, 2018 by admin
Imagine being fit and healthy, and then being diagnosed with a disease with no cure, which will take your life within five years.
This is the diagnosis faced by people with motor neurone disease.
The disease affects 1400 people in Australia – all of whom will die from complications brought on by MND.
However, there is hope for a cure, with research funded through donations from communities all over New South Wales.
The Moree Race Club has helped fund research for a cure, and support for people diagnosed with MND, through a gala fundraising dinner on Saturday night and the Moree Cup on Sunday.
$21,000 was raised at the dinner through the Calcutta and auction alone.
Race club secretary Michelle Gobert said six local businesses and individuals had donated items for the auction, and four had donated items for the lucky door prizes.
The items up for auction included a half-hour helicopter ride.
Treasurer Andrew Parkes was MC on the night, and said he was impressed with the amount of money raised.
“We are expecting to have the figure finalised very soon and have the money presented this week,” he said.
The money will be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association of New South Wales.
Mr Parkes was also lucky enough to spend some time with well-known cricket commentator Kerry O’Keeffe – who gave a talk at the dinner.
“He had a game of golf (at the Moree Golf Course) on Friday – he is a very funny man,” Mr Parkes said.
Mr O’Keeffe entertained the 130-strong crowd at the dinner with stories from his cricketing days, and a few well-timed political comments.
Mr O’Keeffe said he was very much enjoying his stay on Sunday.
“The dinner went really well and it was great that so much money could be raised for a good cause.
“People had a good time and were very generous, which is encouraging.”
Local Angie Guan, who lost her father to MND, attended the dinner and the race day to help raise awareness of the disease.
Fittingly, she also won a lucky door prize at the dinner.
The money raised from the race meet has yet to be finalised but is expected to bring the total to more than $25,000.
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