MND Victoria CEO, Kate Johnson's 2020 Wrap Up
It is somewhat of a relief to have nearly reached the end of what has been an unexpectedly challenging year for everyone.
It is also a relief to have the severe, but necessary restrictions that impacted particularly metropolitan Melbourne, relaxed in time to allow us to go out, see our friends and family and return to somewhat more normal lives. We have been acutely aware of the impact on people living with MND, progressing through their MND journey whilst unable to see family and friends due to these restrictions.
At MND Victoria, our focus is always on providing the best possible care and support to people living with MND to ensure that they can live as well as possible for as long as possible. This was in the forefront of our minds as we planned and implemented new ways of delivering services throughout the pandemic.
I am so proud of the team at MND Victoria – both our paid staff and our volunteers – and the ways in which they adapted to working virtually and remotely. The innovations we have implemented across our support services and our supporter development have shown us new ways of working that we will take the best of and carry through into the future.
MND Victoria CEO, Kate Johnson
We have really valued the continued support of donors and fundraisers, especially in a year where most of our face-to-face fundraising events were cancelled. Our Virtual Walk to D’Feet – Tour of Victoria was fabulously supported and successful and we have received support in many other ways as well – which, as always supports us to deliver the services needed by people living with MND.
We thank our corporate supporters including Vitality Brands who provide funding every year to support people living with MND to “Take a Break” by doing something that will improve their quality of life.
We were also grateful to receive a significant grant from FightMND to purchase assistive equipment for our equipment service, which helps to ensure that people with MND have access to the equipment they need as quickly as possible to ensure they can remain safe at home and able to access their community.
We have missed seeing members of the MND community in person and are so glad that we can now return to this.
The MND Victoria staff came together for a Christmas celebration on 16th December at Canterbury Gardens – it was the first time we have all been together in person since mid-March!
We wish everyone in the MND Community, our supporters and our colleagues a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy 2021.