Beards for a good cause

Travis Page is growing a beard for the Motor Neurone Disease fundraiser Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d402117
Travis Page is growing a beard for the Motor Neurone Disease fundraiser Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d402117

The 22-year-old retail assistant is growing his beard for three months as part of the Get on Beard Winter Challenge, an initiative spearheaded by 24-year-old Mathew Aitchison.

The Get on Beard Winter Challenge is raising funds and awareness for MND ” a neurological condition with no known cause or cure that robs patients of their ability to speak, move and eat, but leaves the mind intact.

Get on Beard is aiming to raise $100,000 for MND by the end of the year ” taking the idea behind Movember to a new level.

Two months into growing his beard, Travis says he is determined to help his close friend Mathew raise awareness and much-needed funds for the disease.

‘MND is such a heart-breaking disease but not many people, especially our age, know much about it and how serious it is,’ he said.

‘MND doesn’t just affect the person diagnosed, it affects everyone around them and it can hit anyone at any age.

‘I know Mathew lost a close friend to MND, which is why he created the new fundraiser, so I’m more than happy to get involved and raise awareness for him as well as everyone else affected by the disease,’ Mr Page said.

Motor Neurone Disease Association executive officer Fionnuala Franey encouraged the WA community to show their support for those affected by Motor Neurone Disease by donating or signing up to Get on Beard.

‘We are hoping that as community awareness of MND grows, support for those affected and further research into the disease will also grow,’ she said.

‘There is no cure, we do not know what causes MND and the life expectancy of those diagnosed is usually only a couple of years.

‘It truly is a horrific disease.’

To register for the Get on Beard Winter Challenge, visit www.getonbeard.com.