National Pilates Day was on the 5th May and to celebrate Nelson Bay Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre hosted a special Pilates event on the Tomaree Headland foreshore with donations going to MND (Motor Neuron Disease) Australia.
One of our participants remarked “For a National Event, where else in Australia would you rather be”. We had a lovely morning with the fresh air, beautiful sunshine and rolling waves passing by. It certainly reminded everyone of the great surrounds in which we reside. All this while raising nearly $300 for charity.
A great thanks to Nicole and Lisa who volunteered their time to provide the Pilates to all participants and of course our wonderful participants for ‘giving it a go’ and donating selflessly.
Read here for more on Motor Neuron Disease and the invaluable work MND Australia are doing. MND is an irreversible neurological condition that attacks the nerves responsible for muscle control.
Of interest to the Pilates world, Mari Winsor, who made Pilates popular in the 1990’s with her video’s, suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) which is one of subtypes of MND. Mari was diagnosed in 2013 and currently with the progression of the disease is wheel chair bound and non-verbal, requiring 24-hour care.
Neil Daniher, former AFL football player & Coach was diagnosed with MND in 2013 and is now a prominent campaigner for medical research and associated with the Big Freeze.
Typically, people with this incurable condition die within 3-4 year from diagnosis, although is some rare cases people with MND, such as recently passed Professor Stephen Hawking, may live much longer.
There is no known cure.
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