Laugh to cure MND & the world record attempt ice bucket challenge.
By Amy Crawford
Many of you will have seen the Ice Bucket Challenge sweeping the world across social media platforms - and if you're anything like me, you're being kept well entertained watching friends and celebrities galore drench themselves, fully clothed, in icy cold water. Well, today it's our turn to join the masses. Needless to say it's a good thing there are two showers in our office environment! Brrrrrr!
A few months ago I interviewed my dearest and oldest friend Angie Cunningham (who has Motor Neurone Disease, pictured below) - an interview that spread across the globe thanks to the passionately supportive international tennis community. You can read that interview here. Earlier in the year Ange and her husband Pat Cunningham launched a campaign 'Laugh to Cure MND' to both raise awareness and funding for further research. With the incredible support of the international tennis community and AFL (not to mention an amazing community of friends and family around them) they have raised a staggering $230,000 since January this year.
If you're in Melbourne (or are happy to travel), please join me and the Laugh to Cure MND community this Friday 22nd August as we attempt to break a world record for the largest number of people simultaneously performing the Ice Bucket Challenge. (If you'd like a giggle, please take a moment to watch Pat & Ange's ice bucket attempt, along with many others here).
Date: Friday, 22 August
Time: 5pm for a 5.30pm icing
Venue: Etihad Stadium - enter through Gate 3
Change rooms, ice, buckets will be provided.
Please bring a towel and change of clothes (for obvious reasons ;-)
If you can't make it (or are a big chicken!), please do still donate to this cause.
What is MND?
"Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells (neurones) controlling the muscles that enable us to move, speak, breathe and swallow undergo degeneration and die. Average life expectancy is between 2-3 years from diagnosis. The five senses usually remain unaffected. Unfortunately there is still no effective treatment, cure, or understanding of what causes this heartbreaking disease" - Laugh to Cure MND.
Angie & Pat Cunningham (founders of Laugh to Cure MND) with their daughters.