MND bowls day

$8,900 raised to support motor neurone disease research

The Goulburn community have once again banded together to raise money for research into Motor Neurone Disease (MND) at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI).

The fundraiser hosted by Elders Goulburn in March saw forty-five participants comprised of Elders clients, reps, suppliers, and staff in attendance. A golf day was originally organised but the weather had other ideas, with rain washing out those plans and a last-minute bowls day hosted instead.

Goulburn local, Brett Collins joined the fundraiser and was able to inform the attendees of the devastating personal impact MND has had on his family.

“We were lucky enough for Brett to come along and share with us his touching story and involvement with IHMRI he had the crowd very engaged and willing to support the cause,” said Emma Lewis from Elders Goulburn.

The fundraiser was so successful, largely in part due to the generous donation of items from suppliers and staff for the raffle and auction.

For many, the devastating impact of MND was all too familiar with many attendees having a personal connection to the terminal disease.

“Amongst our network we have multiple family members and close friends that have been affected by Motor Neurone Disease, so to see this amount of support go to such a worthy cause is truly heart-warming,” Ms Lewis added.  

Since 2020, the Goulburn community have been dedicated to supporting MND research at IHMRI with the Goulburn Golf ladies hosting an annual fundraiser in memory of the late Debbie Collins who sadly lost her battle with MND that same year.

The funds raised supported the inaugural Debbie Collins Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Research Grant, awarded in 2021 to Dr Jeremy Lum.

IHMRI is incredibly grateful to Elders Goulburn and their generous donation, community support is crucial to advancing research into diseases like MND. 

Media contact

Emily O’Keefe

t: 0428 849 827  


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