MND fundraiser at Booragoon garage sale


Barbara Reeve (right) with (rear) Laurie Packham, Lois Murdock, Joan Donovan and Wendy Ardagh Picture: Matt Jelonek d452813
Barbara Reeve (right) with (rear) Laurie Packham, Lois Murdock, Joan Donovan and Wendy Ardagh Picture: Matt Jelonek d452813

AT the start of 2015 Robin McDonald’s son-in-law Darren Whitby was a healthy, outgoing beach-lover.

In September last year he died of motor neurone disease (MND) – just three months after being officially diagnosed.

On average, two Australians are diagnosed with MND every day. The average life expectancy following diagnosis is 27 months. The survival rate is zero.

After experiencing the disease first hand, Mrs McDonald is all too aware that MND has no known cause, treatment or cure – and, along with daughter Kirsten, she is on a mission to change that.

“As soon as Darren died we realised how little awareness there is in the public about MND and how when you are diagnosed there isn’t anything doctors can do for you,” Mrs McDonald said.

“They can’t even tell you why you go it.

“It seems important to spend some money on at least finding out what causes MND so you can get a handle on it.”

With that goal in mind, the pair began fundraising and have already gathered $11,500 for the MND Association, largely through a cycle ride from Perth to Busselton at the end of March.

Mrs McDonald is hoping to add to that when she hosts a garage sale in the front yard of her Booragoon home on Sunday, May 1.

“It will be the usual garage sale stuff – bric-a-brac, books, CDs, toys, camping gear, clothes,” she said.

“We’re also trying to organise a stall selling pot plants and hand-made crafts for Mothers’ Day.

“Some friends of mine have also donated kokedama plants (Japanese moss balls), baby quilts and other hand-made items.”

The garage sale takes place from 8.30am-2.30pm on Sunday, May 1 at 2 Sicklemore Street in Booragoon.

All proceeds will be donated to the MND Association and anybody who would like to donate items to sell can call Robin on 9364 1241.

Donate directly or find out more about Darren’s journey.