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Fighting MND together

By Madeleine Caccianiga

Tatura’s Bec Jeffers started fundraising six years ago, giving up something she loved for 50 days.

Now her latest venture has seen her raise $8000 in one night for motor neurone disease.

Ms Jeffers started raising money for breast cancer in 2012 after her grandmother was diagnosed with the disease.

‘‘It just started with me giving up something that I love for a 50 days and I raised $3000,’’ she said.

The fundraising trend continued annually with Ms Jeffers setting a goal of raising $3000 each year.

Her focus changed when her family was affected by MND, losing three sisters to the disease.

‘‘My focus started on MND last year when we lost sisters Lynne and Julie to MND. They died three months apart,’’ Ms Jeffers said.

Last year, Ms Jeffers and her cousin went 100 days without alcohol for the cause but wanted to step it up this year.

She recently hosted ‘A Night to Fight MND’ at Hilltop Golf and Country Club.

‘‘I contacted every AFL club, we got a couple of AFL jumpers to action off that were signed. Melbourne Football Club were really good with that and having Neale Daniher as a link,’’ Ms Jeffers said.

More than 100 people attended and 28 prizes were raffled off.

Ms Jeffers is already making plans for the next fundraiser.

‘‘Now and going on it is something I will do for the rest of my life for MND, especially because it’s genetic.

‘‘All the daughters down the line now have a 50 per cent chance of getting it. It will be in our family for who knows how long,’’ she said.

Ms Jeffers said her goal for the night was to raise $3000.

‘‘The Tatura community and the support was just phenomenal, and in one night just because of how amazing everyone was, we raised $8000,’’ she said.

‘‘It takes one person to organise it but the Tatura community got behind me and they make it what it is.

‘‘Not everyone has to organise a night like this but if you can get in and support people who have that’s the biggest thing.’’

For information or to donate, contact Ms Jeffers on 0418394060 or email Rebecca.jeffers@shepparton.vic.gov.au