Share a cuppa for MND

Drew Bathgate.
Drew Bathgate.

A CUP of tea will become an important commodity for Falcon’s Drew Bathgate this August.

Mr Bathgate and scores of others around Perth will come together to enjoy a cuppa as part of a fundraiser for The Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA (MNDAWA).

Living with MND since 2013, Mr Bathgate said he hoped locals would support the campaign.

“On the day I was diagnosed, my wife and I were a bit shell shocked,” he said.

“What had started out as a bit of a dodgy hip was now a terminal condition that had no possible slight chance, no treatment or magic option.

“When you are diagnosed you have no idea what to do or how to go about it and (MNDAWA) steps in to help you deal with your issues and guide you along.

“The funds raised go direct to the association to help them provide their important services and will also help with research into the disease.

“for the price of a cup of tea, coffee and a cake, you can help sufferers through their journey.”

MNDAWA chief executive Andrew Hirst said for many, enjoying a cuppa was a simple pleasure, one that becomes almost impossible for those with MND.

“Motor Neurone Disease affects the part of the brain which controls movement, speech and breathing and over time people lose the ability to do the simplest of tasks,” he said.

The official date for Cuppa Tea for MND is August 30.

Register to hold an event at cuppatea@mndawa.asn.au or 6457 7355.