From the Desk – December 2005
In my previous report I announced a new awareness and fundraising program, ChallengeMD! a major journey through Vietnam where a bike, of the pedaling kind, will be ridden from Hanoi in the north to Ho Chi Minh City in the south.
The plan was for a Dad (me), a Doctor (Andrew Kornberg) who is working on a solution for MD and good friends, Barry Michael and Glenn Walsh forming the riding team, to keep each other company during the course of the long journey.
Who would have thought for even one minute that when the whole idea of ChallengeMD! was conceived that we would generate so much interest, response and more registrations than I had hoped for. Not in my wildest dreams did I think that so many people would respond so positively!
Today the ChallengeMD! Team comprises 31 people either registered or pending registration. That’s right – 31 people for the ChallengeMD! Team. We have riders from as far a field as Turkey, USA and the desert area of Western Victoria with mum Joanne Dexter. And I’m not the only MD dad now either, Brett and Katrina Bugeja are a recent addition to the group we call our “MD Community”. Their group of family and friends is also coming for the ride and they have already started with some serious fundraising.
Boris M Struk
ChallengeMD! has provided the vehicle that we had hoped for. A means that could create awareness of Muscular Dystrophy, and much has already been achieved with significant publicity in the print media and several interviews forthcoming. It has also opened many doors for presentations, particularly Rotary Clubs and other service organizations. More publicity is planned over the remaining months where we hope to drive the MD message home.
The secondary opportunity that ChallengeMD! has provided is with fundraising. Many events are being conducted by ChallengeMD! Team members to generate additional resources for MDA Program Services which include CampMDA and of course research into MD at the National Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre. For my part in generating funds, I wrote to members of our community seeking support through a donation or sponsorship of my efforts. One thing I can guarantee is that I shall finish the arduous ride and I still welcome your financial support. For your convenience, I encourage you to make a Donation using our secure server – please consider the difference your donation and support can make in furthering the objectives of the MDA.
In the mean time, I continue to train at the gym under the watchful eye of fellow rider Glenn Walsh and hope that the pre-ride training shall see me through this adventure and quest.
>I convey best wishes to all our families, volunteers and supporters for Christmas and hope that the New Year brings with it some realisation of our collective Hopes, Dreams and Aspirations.
Until next time,
Boris M Struk