MND24 is a challenge open to individuals and teams to take part in their chosen sport or activity anywhere in the world for a total of 24 hours to raise funds to support research into MND across the month of March. Whether you do it with your family, friends, your company, a club, community or school is totally up to you, but the more people that join in, the merrier - and if it helps them with their mental health and wellbeing, all the better. We challenge you to get 24 of your friends anywhere in the world to take part!
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WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO TAKE PART
- There is a registration page for participants to sign up – it’s up to you if you charge an entry fee or rely on donations.
- Partner with a registered MND charity in your country.
- Set up an online fundraising page through an existing platform such as Just Giving, GoFundMe or Donor Box which links directly to your partner charity.
- Communicate with everyone who registered, keeping them updated on news, what impact their support has had and encouraging them to invite 24 of their friends to get involved.
- Keep the MND24 team updated on your news and stories so we can shout about what you are doing through our website and social media channels.
WE WILL SUPPORT YOU WITH
A brand pack with logos and designs to use for everything from your website to participant’s kit
A global platform to shout about your event, charity, and sponsors
Introductions to charity partners or potential supporters
CAN’T WAIT TO GET STARTED?
SIGN UP NOW!
To get involved and be part of a global movement to cure MND contact Sandy
What is MND?
Motor Neuron Diseases (MNDs), also known as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), are a group of progressive neurological disorders that destroy motor neurons, the cells that control skeletal muscle activity such as walking, breathing, speaking and swallowing.
HOW DOES MOTOR NEURON DISEASE AFFECT THE BODY?
Normally, messages or signals from nerve cells in the brain – the upper motor neurons – are transmitted to nerve cells in the brain stem and spinal cord – the lower motor neurons – and from them to muscles in the body. Upper motor neurons direct the lower motor neurons to produce muscle movements.
When the muscles cannot receive signals from the lower motor neurons, they begin to weaken and shrink in size. The muscles may also start to spontaneously twitch.
When the lower motor neurons cannot receive signals from the upper motor neurons, it can cause muscle stiffness and overactive reflexes. This can make voluntary movements slow and difficult. Over time, individuals with MNDs may lose the ability to walk or control other movements.
HOW COMMON IS MND?
As you are reading this, someone has been diagnosed with MND.
Genetic, where it is inherited, or sporadic, where there is no family history of the disease, MND affects each individual differently and can have a devastating effect on family and friends, with lives turned upside down by the diagnosis and despite years of research into the disease, Motor Neuron Disease currently has no cure.