Loss of father to MND drives Jason Mahy to raise funds and awareness of disease


Jason Mahy of Kingsley is raising money and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease. Picture: Martin Kennealey d452997
Jason Mahy of Kingsley is raising money and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease. Picture: Martin Kennealey d452997

SINCE losing his father to Motor Neurone Disease (MND) almost 20 years ago, Jason Mahy is determined to increase awareness about the terminal neurological disease and raise funds for the MND Association of WA (MNDAWA).

The Kingsley resident runs two commercial Yahava coffee vans at Whitfords Beach carpark during the week and at Manning Famers Market on Saturdays.

He has charity collection tins on his service counters along with a sign explaining that he supports MNDAWA.

Mr Mahy said he fills these tins on a fortnightly basis through customer donation and tips.

“My regular customers know how important to me raising awareness and funds for MND is and they are more than happy to support me in my fundraising endeavours,” he said.

“When dad died, MND was not a very well known disease; awareness has certainly grown thanks to the ice bucket challenge and high profile people being diagnosed with the disease.

“It is important to continue to fund research into MND and to support people living with the disease as well as their families.”

Every year, Mr Mahy also supports the MNDAWA fundraiser Walk to d’Feet MND held during national MND Awareness week.

This year the event is on Sunday, May 1 at Perry Lakes and Mr Mahy will have his vans there donating $1 per coffee sold.