MND Australia’s research arm – the MND Research Institute of Australia (MNDRIA) - has awarded almost $4 million for new research projects commencing in 2019. Following review of grant applications by the MNDRIA Research Committee, 28 new research projects across all Australian States will be supported in 2019 in addition to funds previously committed to support an innovative, national NHMRC partnership grant (2019 – 2023).

On 5 November 2018 Australian Story caught up with MND researcher Dr Justin Yerbury. Justin, who has MND, featured on the same program in March 2018. Follow the links in the stories to watch both programs on ABC iView. You can also read an article by Justin on MND and the National Disability Insurance Scheme on The Conversation.   

Whist watching the hundreds of walkers at the start of the Sydney Walk to d’Feet MND, I was reminded of a line from a beautiful poem shared with us from MND UK.   “Because of you, there is HOPE, a harbour of love, courage determination, defiance, generosity.......walking shoes purpose and drive.”

A big thank you to the members of the Ballina Arts and Crafts Centre, Inc (BACCI) who generously donated $1,000 to raise awareness and help to purchase equipment for MND NSW. BACCI is a non profit organisation and consists of a group of creative artisans who enjoy displaying their artwork in a group, plus having fun along the way! BACCI held their annual Spring Exhibition in Ballina during September, and the group decided to choose MND NSW as their fundraising charity. Pictured is Deb McFarlane and Mary Richards with BACCI's donation.

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