Inaugural Walk to D’Feet a big success

David CharlesworthSouth Western Times
MND WA mascot Hope, ececutive officer Andrew Hirst, vice-chairwoman Sama Aoun, and fundraising and events manager Sarah Wiley.
Camera IconMND WA mascot Hope, ececutive officer Andrew Hirst, vice-chairwoman Sama Aoun, and fundraising and events manager Sarah Wiley.

More than 100 walkers gathered near the Leschenault Inlet on Sunday morning in support of the fight against motor neurone disease for the first regional Walk to D'Feet.

Motor Neurone Disease Association WA fundraising and events manager Sarah Wiley said it was the first Walk to D’Feet to be held in Bunbury and she was blown away by the support from the community.

Gary Harper, Janet Fry, both of Australind, and Phil Barker of Dardanup.
Camera IconGary Harper, Janet Fry, both of Australind, and Phil Barker of Dardanup.

“This is brilliant it just exceeded all my expectations,” she said.

“It is going to be an annual event, its been happening in Perth for I believe the last 10 years and I decided it would be nice to bring it down to a regional area.”

Kyle and Chris Sherry, of Eaton, and Cynthia Harper, of Australind.
Camera IconKyle and Chris Sherry, of Eaton, and Cynthia Harper, of Australind.

MND WA vice-chairwoman Samar Aoun said all the money raised from this and other fundraising events went to support for those with motor neurone disease.

“We give them equipment to be able to deal at home with a very progressive disease,” she said.

MND WA board member Anthony Akkari and his wife Barbara Simpson.
Camera IconMND WA board member Anthony Akkari and his wife Barbara Simpson.

“We also have educational programs for carers to know how to deal with them because not everybody has dealt with MND, people from palliative care, people from physio and psychology, all these people are needed to support a person.”

More pictures from the event:

Vicki Dewar, of Australind, and her son Kyle, 12.
Camera IconVicki Dewar, of Australind, and her son Kyle, 12.
Nicole and James Vicary, of Australind, and their daughter Peyton, 5.
Camera IconNicole and James Vicary, of Australind, and their daughter Peyton, 5.
Vicki Dewar, of Australind, and her son Kyle, 12.
Camera IconVicki Dewar, of Australind, and her son Kyle, 12.
Andrew Hodgson, of Bunbury, and her daughter Sienna, 16.
Camera IconAndrew Hodgson, of Bunbury, and her daughter Sienna, 16.
Sarah and David Lewis, of Busselton.
Camera IconSarah and David Lewis, of Busselton.
Keith and Chris Gilbert, of Collie.
Camera IconKeith and Chris Gilbert, of Collie.
Robyn South, Stacey South and Cathy Downes, all of Australind.
Camera IconRobyn South, Stacey South and Cathy Downes, all of Australind.
Sue and Ryan McSweeney, of Capel, walk in honour of their friend John Harbeck.
Camera IconSue and Ryan McSweeney, of Capel, walk in honour of their friend John Harbeck.
Emma and Glen Chinnery, of Capel, and their children Brooke, 5, and Ashton, 3, walk in memory of their friend John Harbeck.
Camera IconEmma and Glen Chinnery, of Capel, and their children Brooke, 5, and Ashton, 3, walk in memory of their friend John Harbeck.

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