Party on for a great cause
On a weekend in June last year, the MND community came together through “PartyOn” - a series of self-hosted events across Australia to support loved ones and friends affected by the dreadful disease.
Backyard barbeques, fancy dinner parties, picnics in the park, morning teas, soup kitchens, girls’ nights in… just some of the fun events that took place and raised nearly $50,000.
PartyOn is the creation of the charity MotorOn which raises funds to support MND Research at Macquarie University. The idea was borne by the popularity of the inaugural MotorOn Ball at Taronga Zoo.
“We found there was an overwhelming demand for tickets for the ball”, said Kristy Graham, one of MotorOn’s founders. “We had so much support from the community right across NSW, and a bigger ball didn't seem to be the right model. We came up with the idea of the PartyOn model where people could host their own events. We wanted a concept that raised money and brought family and friends together for good food and lots of laughs. MND definitely reminds you to cherish the good times.”
Kristy and her committee members are mostly mums with young children and live very busy lives. The PartyOn peer-to-peer model will allow for the event to grow exponentially as hosts register themselves online and organise their own event.
Kristy added that the event can be of any size and scale. Her event which she called “PartyOn at Bamford” was held in her own backyard. She had 60 guests. Included were games for the kids, physical challenges for the adults - with bets taken on the winner, an ice bucket challenge, pulled pork burgers, cake, champagne and lots of fun and laughter. Her event alone raised over $5000.
“This year we’ve set a goal to hold 100 PartyOn events during May”, says Kristy. “I would encourage anyone who is looking for very good excuse to have a party, and show their support for sufferers of MND and their families, to sign up today as a PartyOn host.”
MotorOn was started in 2015 by a group of nine school friends from Abbotsleigh in Wahroonga, in support of their dear friend Gill Truman who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2012. Inspired by her courageous fight against MND and her determination to live life to the full, the friends established MotorOn to raise funds for research to find a cure. The fact that there is no known cure for MND is a difficult reality to come to terms with, and by raising funds for research into finding a cure, they felt they could do something positive to support Gill and other sufferers. To date, MotorOn has raised over $600,000 for MND research. 100% of all money raised goes to the Macquarie University MND Research Centre.
Content owner: Advancement Last updated: 11 Jun 2019 1:52pm