Soccer club breaks through Big Freeze goal

Maidstone United Soccer Club junior president Marlon Pereira helped raise more than $1500 for FightMND. (Supplied)

By Matthew Sims

The Maidstone community turned out in droves to support a local push to raise money for the FightMND cause.

The Maidstone United Soccer Club hosted a FightMND DIY Big Freeze event on Tuesday, June 21 to raise funds for the charity supporting those diagnosed with motor neurone disease [MND].

Junior president Marlon Pereira put his body on the line for the charity, with 50 children and their families lining up to dump 50 kilograms of ice on his head over five minutes as part of the event.

“It was great seeing the community come together to support such a great cause, we are grateful to have such a strong-knit and supportive group,” he said.

Melissa Yang spoke about her connection to the FightMND cause during the event.

Her late husband Dr Ian Davis was one of the charity’s co-founders alongside Neale Daniher and Pat Cunningham.

While he focused on the research side of the foundation, Melissa worked in operations and focused on how best to support the carers of those diagnosed with MND.

The club thanked Maribyrnong councillor Jorge Jorquera for supporting the event and Footscray MP Katie Hall for her donation and supporting the event.

Founded in 2014, FightMND was established with the purpose of finding effective treatments and ultimately a cure for motor neurone disease.

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