When Beyond Bank partnered with the Melbourne Football Club, it was largely due to our shared commitment to work for and with communities.
The Club has several important charity partners who serve the needs of people doing it tough. One such partner is FightMND, co-founded in 2014 by former Melbourne coach Neale Daniher.
Since that time, FightMND has raised more than $55.9 million for research projects and initiatives designed to find effective treatments and ultimately a cure for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
MND is an insidious, devastating, and progressive disease that gradually takes away a person’s use of their arms and legs, their ability to eat and swallow, their speech and ultimately their ability to breathe.
Sadly, the average life expectancy of a person diagnosed with MND is just 27 months. It is a devastating blow for the 2,000 Australians battling the disease, as there is currently no effective treatment or cure.
According to FightMND CEO, Dr Fiona McIntosh, research remains the key in the fight against what the organisation calls ‘The Beast’.
“We don’t accept that MND is incurable – it’s just underfunded. That’s why we invest in the brightest emerging scientists whose cutting-edge research teaches us more about the disease and how to fight it, and brings us another step closer to finding a cure. When people donate to FightMND, they offer hope to people living with MND as well as their families – hope that one day, there will be an effective treatment or cure for this devastating disease” Dr McIntosh said.
Beyond Bank first joined the fight in 2021 by providing a $10,000 contribution towards FightMND’s largest fundraiser, The Big Freeze and then raising a further $23,300 via the Bank’s annual Double Donation campaign.
These funds move us all one step closer to finding effective treatments and a cure for MND. It also helps offer much-needed hope to the many people living with the disease across Australia.
We are for and with all those in our community involved in the fight against MND every step of the way.
To find out more about the work of FightMND, please watch the video below: