Our Enable leadership team got iced this June as part of the Enable Ice Bucket Challenge. A special guest, the CEO of Motor Neuron Disease New Zealand Scott Arrol, joined three of our Executive leadership team on Thursday 29 June in the Car Park outside our National Office.
The goal for our Enable team was to fundraise $300, or CEO Michelle Riwai, GM People and Culture Liz Jull and GM Technology and Innovation Blair Magnusson; would get off 'ice free'.
Within three days of the challenge being set, we met our goal and by 'ice day', our team and community had raised over $900 for MND New Zealand.
A huge thank you to everyone who took part and contributed. We had a great turn out as our team from across Aotearoa New Zealand tuned in online to watch the ice fly.
Why did we take on the Ice Bucket Challenge?
We’re helping to raise awareness and remove the stigma of MND. About 200 New Zealanders are diagnosed with the debilitating neurological disease each year, and an average 50 of those diagnosed won’t seek support. For MND NZ, it’s about making the time they do have left, count.
MND New Zealand support those with MND and their whanāu, educate Aotearoa with accurate information, and advocate for MND for a better understanding and research. Although so many people are diagnosed each year, still very little is known about the disease. The funds we raise will go towards research, learning more about what causes MND.
The momentary frozen feeling from a bucket of ice over your head is said to be similar to one those with MND experience.