UoM students ride to raise money for Motor Neurone disease

November 16 / 188

Photo: Conor Grace, Neale Daniher and Hugo Berry
Photo: Conor Grace, Neale Daniher and Hugo Berry

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is the reality for 2000 Australians, and the number of cases continues to increase every year. While researchers are working towards a cure for the devastating disease, four University of Melbourne students and a friend from the University of Technology Sydney have taken up the challenge of raising much needed funds.

Driven to help their long-time friend, former Melbourne FC coach Neale Daniher who has become a public advocate for MND research following his diagnosis in 2014, the group embarked on their 1000km cycle along the coastline of South Australia and Victoria last Wednesday.

“The Danihers are close family friends of ours and after witnessing the effects of MND on Neale, I wanted to help find a cure,” said rider Conor Grace, a Bachelor of Arts student.

MND is a progressive disease where the sufferers’ brain and spinal cord cells deteriorate, eventually robbing them of their ability to walk, talk, swallow and finally, breathe.

This will be the second-installation of the Ride to Cure MND, which raises funds for Daniher’s Cure for MND Foundation. UoM students Conor Grace and Chris Hargreaves initiated the ride last year, and covered the spectacular NSW coast. They raised nearly $6000 for the cause and are hoping to top that on this ride.

Five riders will take on the challenge this time around. Among the expanded team is Bachelor of Commerce student Hugo Berry. 

“I was astounded by the number of people affected by MND and have wanted to get on board since Chris and Conor completed the first Ride to Cure MND last year,” he says.

Robert Black echoes this sentiment saying: “I saw the guys do the Ride to Cure MND last year and thought it was a great initiative and wanted to get on board this year.” 

He’ll fly down from NSW to join the team.

While the ride will be gruelling, it’ll also be a great trip to follow. Bachelor of Fine Arts student and rider Lewis Bulls says he’s looking forward to “riding through some amazing scenery with great mates, while raising funds for an awesome cause."

The team encourages you to follow their trip on Instagram (@ridetocuremnd). Donations all go towards the Cure for MND Foundation.

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