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Bennelong 100 Walk raises thousands

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Last week, John Alexander MP visited Motor Neurone Disease NSW to present the full buckets of donations from his 100km walk around the electorate.

When JA set out in late October, he had intended to walk 100km, but owing to the unexpected interest in the walk, (and the extra visits to schools, businesses and homes) by the Saturday he’d completed 204.6km. On the way he raised around $10,000 while visiting 35 schools, 24 shopping villages, 11 aged Care centres and 6 charities.

He met with representatives from MND NSW last week to hand over the fund raising buckets. These have now been counted and the final sum of money raised comes to $8,705.

John Alexander said: “The generosity of the people of Bennelong has been absolutely breathtaking. I have been constantly surprised and humbled by the willingness of people to open their hearts to help the fight against this condition.”

There are estimated 1,900 people with Motor Neurone Disease in Australia, each with an estimated life expectancy of only 27 months. Those 27 months will see a steady disintegration of their muscles until they can no longer eat, breath, or talk to their loved ones.

“While my walk is now over, the Association always needs funds, so I would encourage everyone to check out their website and give generously,” John added.

Donation forms can be found online at: http://www.mndnsw.asn.au