Founded in 2020 by Sandy Stirling, MND24 is a global initiative raising vital funds for, and awareness of Motor Neuron Disease – also known as MND – a life-shortening, debilitating disease that affects both adults and children.
WHAT DOES MND24 DO?
MND24’s mission is to support cutting-edge research and care for those living with MND. Our ultimate goal? To help to find a cure for Motor Neuron Disease.
“My father, Alexander Stirling, was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in May 2016 after undergoing more than 2 years of tests. He passed away on the 9th of March 2019 at the age of 83.
MND is an incredibly cruel disease, and after seeing how my dad so bravely fought back at his illness, I wanted to do something to help fund research in finding a cure for this appalling disease.
Inspired by Rob Wainwright and Ewan Dowes, who had undertaken cycling challenges for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation and MNDA for Rob Burrows, as a tribute to the memory of my wonderful dad, I decided I would do a 12-hour cycle around Al Qudra on the first anniversary of his death.
On the day, I had about 130 people come and join me during those 12 hours. This then inspired me not only double my challenge the following year, but to be better organised and see how we could grow the event.
“Having watched my father and family deal with this terrible illness, I have been inspired to do all I can to help others around the world suffering with MND.
I hope this event not only raises awareness for MND but helps to find a cure for MND. By inspiring people to take part, and get out there exercising, it also helps to deal with the kind of mental health challenges we have all faced through the global pandemic whilst doing something for an incredibly worthy cause.’”
MAKING A DIFFERENCE BY MOVING TOGETHER
MND24 brings together families, friends, colleagues, teams, charities and passionate individuals from across the world to help support our cause and take part in one big, brilliant 24-hour challenge across the month of March. As long as 24 hours are done in total whether as an individual or collectively as a group then it can be any type of challenge. For example, music dance, cooking, golf, football, rugby or whatever is your passion.
WHY SHOULD I BE A PART OF MND24’s MISSION?
By being part of MND24, you help us to raise awareness about Motor Neuron Disease and move closer to our goal of helping to find a cure for a disease that is hard to diagnose, is impossible to predict and is currently incurable.
WHAT IS THE MND24 CHALLENGE?
MND24 is any type of 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 in a bid to raise funds to support research into Motor Neuron Disease. When you sign up we the challenge you to challenge 24 of your friends any where in the world to get involved.