“The June Ball in aid of the IMNDA”
The June Ball returns for a second year to raise much needed funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA). Organised by volunteers, it will be hosted in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on June 27th 2015.
A resounding success, last year’s event raised €67,000 for the organisation, with the monies going to fund vital services. The IMNDA is Ireland’s primary support organisation for people living with MND, their family and carers.
Now in its 30th year, the IMNDA’s key services include home visiting by an MND dedicated nurse, financial assistance towards home care, funding towards research and the provision of specialist medical equipment on loan to clients. Funds raised by the June Ball 2015 will be divided between these crucial services.
“The IMNDA’s ethos is to ensure rapid access to services for all clients regardless of their location or means. Provision of the specialist medical equipment and aids to people with MND plays a vital role in improving their quality of life, enabling them to live as active, independent citizens within their community and to remain in their home with their families for as long as possible. It is thanks to events like the June Ball that we can continue to provide these vital services so we hope you will support this fantastic event,” said Aisling Farrell, CEO IMNDA.
Paul Lannon is 44 years old. In February 2011 he was diagnosed with MND. From once being able to lift two kegs of beer at a time, he can no longer lift the kettle. Dressing himself is now impossible and he has recently started to have difficulties with his speech and swallow. He can no longer work.
“I wish my hands still worked and I could dress myself; I hate the way Motor Neurone Disease is taking my life bit by bit,” said Paul.
It costs the IMNDA approximately €1.5 million to operate its services every year. The IMNDA receives 14% of its income from statutory funding with 86% of the overall income coming from fundraising and the generosity of the general public.
On the evening of the ball, guests will be welcomed with a drinks reception sponsored by Tia Maria, followed by a four-course meal including wine. Dinner will be followed by dancing into the early hours of the morning.
So, for a night out of good food, and fun-filled entertainment, as well as a super raffle – prizes so far include a Munster Rugby jersey signed by all the team and Electric Picnic tickets and much more– make sure to join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton on 27 June next.
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Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive neurological condition that causes damage to the motor neurones. The motor neurones are like the wires that carry messages from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles. Damage to the motor neurons leads to muscle weakness. MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. It is a degenerative, life limiting disease with the rate of progression varying greatly from one person to another.
There is currently no cure for MND. The average life expectancy for a person with MND is three to five years. There are approximately 320 people living with MND in Ireland at any one time. On average, 1 person dies from MND every 4 days. For further information on the charity, please consult their website: www.imnda.ie