Last Saturday, 21st November, Bennelong MP John Alexander completed his 100km walk around the electorate to raise money and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease.
He was met in Eastwood Mall by a number of supporters, including a close friend who lost her husband to the disease, Jo Drewett; a man from Ermington who has the condition, Kevin Langdon; as well as Federal MP for Berowra Phillip Ruddock and state MP for Ryde Victor Dominello.
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.
John said: “It has been an amazing experience. Everyone I met has been unfailingly generous in supporting this charity and the walk. I was offered water on the sweltering days, and shelter in the rain. And most importantly, the charity has received thousands of dollars to put towards research and support for people with this devastating condition.”
“To everyone that supported this walk, I say thank you”
“While my walk has finished, the fundraising has not, and I’m still encouraging people to donate via my website. Every dollar helps bring us closer to a time that this condition is finally treatable.”
For more information on the walk, or to donate, please visit www.johnalexander.net.au