AS part of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Global Awareness Campaign 2016, St Martins De Porres School staff and pupils participated in a fund-raiser in support of MND sufferers.
MND is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting.
MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. However, not all symptoms necessarily happen to everyone and it is unlikely they will all develop at the same time, or in any specific order.
The campaign was co-ordinated by teacher Kubashnee Perumal in memory of her mother, who lost her life due to MND in February.
St Martins spokesperson, Balo Madikane, said the staff and pupils were very supportive in the fund raising.
“On the day staff and pupils released ballons in memory of loved ones lost through MND,” said Madikane.
Perumal said co-ordinating the campaign was a personal journey she wanted to undertake as she experienced this first-hand with her mother.
She said the campaign was fulfilling, and attendees were interested, although shocked to learn about MND.
“Many realised for the first time that some of their family members and even community members displayed symptoms of this nature and were unaware of how to deal with them.”
Perumal said since the campaign she has received many requests to hold MND awareness campaigns in rural areas and at various organisations.
She said the programme also gave her a sense of belief that this disease can be overcome with greater understanding.
“My mum was a sufferer and in memory of her I want to ensure that something can be done in this field of study to find a cure or even some way of easing the suffering of victims of MND,” said Perumal.