Loan Market WA drivers of change for Motor Neurone Disease

Loan Market WA State Director, Ken Maclennan is a passionate supporter of the Motor Neurone Disease Association in Western Australia, organising one of the state’s biggest charity events, the MND Drive.

Now in its third year, the MND Drive has raised over $500,000, with over $140,000 raised this year alone. Ken developed the initiative in a bid to help the families affected by the disease.

“Over the years I’ve seen two people go through Motor Neurone Disease and I wanted to help those affected by MND. In layman's terms, MND is like the opposite of Alzheimer’s – you’re mind stays sharp while your body shuts down. It has no cure and a 100 per cent fatality rate with an average life expectancy of two years, seven months from the time of diagnosis.

“Seeing what it does to people, I wanted to do something to help and I joined the Board of the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Western Australia a few years ago.

“As I got more involved and learned more about the disease I became adamant that we needed an event that wasn’t just about raising money to support families and carers, but also something that people with MND could participate in, and from there the MND Drive was born,” Ken explains.

This year we renamed the event, Dahiner’s Drive for MND, after Neale Daniher publicly announced that he had MND at the end of last year.

“We had 47 people participating and 13 cars driving more than 750km over three days.

“The 2015 drive ran from 16 to 18 October. It started in Fremantle and finished in Bassendean with overnight stops in Northam and Nungarin along the way.

“We design different routes each year that incorporates iconic Western Australian towns as well as those little unknown places off the beaten track. This year we held a scavenger hunt and each team was given a list of 38 items they had to find and get a photo of. It created a lot of fun along the way,” Ken said.

Brett and Tania Richardson from Loan Market Ellenbrook along with Loan Market State Administrator Shelley Tetlaw and her husband Mark entered a car this year. They chose Car number 29, in memory of Damien Mills as this was his favourite number.

Ray White WA CEO, Mark Whiteman, has been a supporter of MND for the past 14 years since the passing of his mother, Ann, who was diagnosed with MND. His family not only participate in the event each year, but he is also a major sponsor of the event corporately.

“It has been the major fundraising event for the association and naturally, we are very passionate supporters” he said.

“Ray White WA sponsor the MND Drive each year. It’s a great event and one we are proud to be so closely involved in,” Mark explains.