The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has presented the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association of WA with $14,463 thanks to the generous donations made by staff via their ‘dress down day’ contributions.
The donation was presented to the Association on Wednesday 29 July, by DFES District Officer and Social Club President Allen Gale and Wellness Programs Coordinator Charlotte Hunter.
The funds have been accumulating since 2012 and will go towards helping the MND Association for its care advisory service which provides case coordination and emotional support for people with Motor Neurone Disease, as well as other areas of support such as education, information sessions, support groups, patient transport and equipment.
MND Association Executive Officer Maeve Egan said the Association was extremely grateful for the donation.
“As a small, not-for-profit organisation, we rely heavily on the support and generosity of the community,” Maeve said.
“MND is a terminal, degenerative neurological disease that robs a person of their ability to move, speak, swallow and eventually breathe. Every day, two Australians die from MND and two more people are diagnosed with it.
“These funds help us provide vital support services to people who are living with MND, as well as their families in Western Australia. We also give a portion of our funds to the MND Research Institute of Australia to assist researchers in finding a cure for this disease.”
District Officer Allen Gale said DFES staff were consulted about which charities they wanted their contributions to go to.
“Other recipients who received equal donations were the Home Away from Home and Ronald McDonald House, Living Stone Foundation (Lifeline) WA, and Surf Life Saving Western Australia,” Allen said.
“Staff will be consulted again in 2015 to choose which charities their future donations will support, so our dress down day funds can continue to be put to good use.”
Other 2015 recipients have extended invitations for staff to visit their facilities and have offered to come to the Cockburn Emergency Services Complex to deliver more information about their worthy causes.