Over the October long weekend, a group of city slickers will join a charity drive from Brisbane to Bundaberg, all with the aim of raising funds to support research into finding a cure for MND and supporting local businesses in the Bundaberg and Bargara region.
The Drive will take these 100 supporters in convoy around Bundaberg and Bargara to expose them to all that the Bundaberg Region has to showcase.
The Drive aims to support the local economy of Bundaberg by staying in the area for the long weekend and visiting local farms, tourist attraction, shops, hotels and dinner venues.
Drive participants will visit local farms to learn about the diversified farming practices of the different crops.
The highlight of the event is learning the complexities of farming straight from the farmer’s mouth.
Tour locations will include the Marto Farms, Cayley Cane Farms, Cross Farms, Splitters Farm and Grunske’s.
Participants on the Drive include people living with MND and their families, families affected by MND and even some of the researchers undertaking studies into a cure for this beast of a disease.
Scott Sullivan Research Fellow Shyuan Ngo is participating in the Drive to join the army of supporters who want to make a difference for people affected by MND.
“Daily in my research I meet people who are dealing with this disease and I am joining the Drive to raise vital funds to help us find a cure,” he said.
“Fundamental discoveries in the lab have led to a number of clinical trials for MND with some trials achieving results and moving into Phase 2 stages, so every dollar donated helps us progress research to one day hopefully kick MND to the curb.” Shyuan said.
Since 2011, the MND and Me Foundation has funded research grants totalling $1.5 million with the aim of finding a reliable treatment or cure for motor neurone disease.
The Drive is also sponsored by two businesses who have local affiliations.
Lowes Petroleum and Adina Watches have been long term supporters of the MND and Me Foundation and both have outlets in Bundaberg so they are assisting with spreading awareness of the disease into further parts of Queensland.
About the Drive to Cure MND
The Drive will tour the Bundaberg region from 2-5 October.
Friday, 2 October
Participants will rendezvous at Riverfeast for Octoberfest dinner and Kalki Moon.
Saturday, 3 October
Southern farm tour to Marto Farms and Cayley Cane Farm followed by presentation and lunch at Grunske’s.
Afternoon tour of Bundaberg Rum Distillery and Bundaberg Drinks followed by Bingo night at Bargara Surf Club.
Sunday, 4 October
Northern Farm tour including Cross Farms and lunch at Splitters Farm with tastings by Ohana Winery and Cheeky Tiki Cider.
Dinner, Cane Toad Races and talent quest at Sandhills Sports Club, Bargara.
Monday, 5 October
Participants will head back to Brisbane after spending the morning discovering the town of Bundaberg.
More information on the Drive and MND and Me Foundation can be found on their website.