Mon 18th March
Townsville Grammar School’s Director of Sport, Mr Peter Christie, is headed to Brisbane next week to participate in the Million Metres for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) bike ride from Brisbane to Sydney.
Mr Christie has been training for the1,000 kilometre, or 1,000,000 metres, ride for months by doing five or six training rides a week – amassing a staggering 300-350km each week!
The ride supports the MND and Me Foundation, who raise much needed funds for medical research into finding treatment and cures for Motor Neurone Disease, as well as raise money to support those suffering with the condition. Mr Christie has raised more than $4,000 so far, with the group of riders raising over $100,000.
The event has significant meaning for Peter, with his close friend, Scott Sullivan, being diagnosed with MND in 2011.
“Our entire group of friends and family was completely shattered by the news and the diagnosis,” Mr Christie said.
The original Million Metres for MND Ride was held in May, 2013 when Peter’s friend, Scott, and Dr Ian Davis, who had both been diagnosed with MND, rode a specially designed tandem bicycle from Brisbane to Sydney over 16 days. The event has not been run since, but will run for the second time this year.
Peter added, “Unfortunately Scott passed away in 2014 and this ride is my way of being able to honour his efforts and memory is some small way. Not a day goes by where we don’t think about him or wish he was still here.”
Motor Neurone Disease is the name given to a group of terminal diseases in which the nerve cells (neurones) controlling the muscles that enable us to move, speak, breathe and swallow undergo degeneration and die. A cure is yet to be found, there is no effective treatment and it can strike anyone at any time. The average life expectancy of a person diagnosed with MND is 27 months. MND in Australia
- Each day in Australia two people die from MND
- Each day in Australia two people are diagnosed with MND
- An estimated 1,900 people have MND in Australia
- For every person diagnosed with MND it is also estimated that a further 14 members of their family and their friends will live with the effect of MND forever
- The blue cornflower is a symbol of hope for the MND community – fragile in looks, but extremely strong nature
The MND and Me Foundation is 100% funded by community donations. To assist the 300+ Queenslanders living with MND in the long term it is critical that the community understands the problem and is involved in providing the solutions.
A major focus of the Foundation is to run specific events that drive awareness, fundraising and community participation (both within the MND population and the general public). By bringing together friends, families, work colleagues and sporting teams to unite in the fight against MND the Foundation has developed a collection of events that have received strong public support.