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2020 Big Freeze calls for Kyabram sliders

By Jared Prestwidge

THE second annual Big Freeze Echuca-Moama is fast approaching, with Kyabram and district residents and businesses encouraged to get involved for a good cause.

Held at the Moama Recreation Reserve on May 24, the event sees local personalities take a slide into a giant pool of freezing water all in the name of raising funds for FightMND — Australia’s leading independent foundation funding research into a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.

MND is a group of diseases in which the nerve cells controlling the muscles that enable us to move around, speak, swallow and breathe fail to work normally and eventually die.

With no nerves to activate them the muscles gradually weaken and waste.

There is currently no truly effective treatment and no known cure.

Inspired by the Big Freeze event that has been held at the MCG since 2014, the Echuca-Moama iteration raised over $82,000 in 2019.

Co-ordinator Naomi Hicks said the response from the public to last year’s event was beyond her wildest expectations, and had made her quietly confident they could do one better in 2020.

One way to ensure that is to get towns from further afield, such as Kyabram, on board.

“It’s really rewarding to support this charity but also we’re finding that businesses involved get into a lot of banter and comradery between themselves,” she said.

“It’s a lot of fun while also raising awareness and funds to fight MND.

“If anyone wants to put themselves forward as a slider we’ve still got spaces available at this stage, and if anyone wants to get onboard as a sponsor they can contact me.”

Registered sliders are set up with their own campaign page by event organisers where donations can be sent.

If you are interested in fundraising for or sponsoring Big Freeze Echuca-Moama 2020, contact Naomi Hicks on 0419 319 545