The campaign was developed in honour of Jason MacNish�s mother Leila who was diagnosed with MND � a degenerative disease affecting the motor cells resulting in muscle weakness, paralysis and impaired speech, swallowing and breathing � seven years ago.
The MacNish family will hold their second annual �Pig and Pizza Bonanza� on September 5, from 11am ahead of their major event next year, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.
Mr MacNish said the idea behind the bonanza was that people could �make absolute pigs of themselves� enjoying spit roasted pigs and wood-fired pizzas while donating to a fantastic cause.
He said when it was suggested the family could climb Africa�s highest peak it was as if a spark had been ignited.
�It was only natural that we decided to support MNDAWA, so Climb 4 MND was born,� Mr MacNish said.
�So far 10 people have joined the Climb 4 MND, with each climber aiming to raise $10,000 for the MND Association of WA.�
Now 73, Mrs MacNish has defied the odds to live with MND for seven years. Mr MacNish said without the tireless support from the MND Association of WA his mother�s life would be a miserable prison sentence.
�There are so many of these types of diseases that destroy families, that unfortunately people just don�t find out about until someone they know is affected, and because it has such a short life expectancy it receives very little support,� he said. �That�s why we need all the support possible.�
Pig and Pizza Bonanza
– 11am September 5
– Morley address released with ticket sale
– Tickets $50 adults and $30 children
– Buy tickets by calling 0412 023 655
– To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/climb4mnd