Update: In-person club events for FightMND have been postponed. The online fundraiser and raffle remain open until July 13th.
This weekend NSFA and its clubs will be conducting the association’s inaugural FightMND Round, aiming to increase awareness about Motor Neurone Disease (MND), raise funds for FightMND, and show our support for NSFA Competitions Manager Damian Miles (pictured centre), who has recently been diagnosed with MND.
Damian has been an employee at NSFA for the past 14 years, and is life member of both NSFA and the Ku-ring-gai & District Football Referees Association, in recognition of his significant contributions as a volunteer to both organisations outside of his paid role with NSFA.
Damian has also been heavily involved with NSFA representative club Northern Tigers, serving as the Men’s First Grade team manager for seven seasons.
“Our FightMND round not only aims to raise awareness of Motor Neuron Disease but also work towards raising vital funds to help researchers and the charity find a cure,” said NSFA CEO, Ed Ferguson.
“Damian has been a long-serving NSFA staff member, however even before this time he was a valued member of our football community.
“As we all do, Damian first began playing the game before graduating to refereeing, managing Northern Tigers and earning life membership with both NSFA and KDFRA.
“He has changed the way football is played in the Northern Suburbs, building a foundation that has seen our association grow to 18,000+ players, 1,200 coaches and 400+ referees!
“Damian will always be the 12th man of NSFA and we cannot thank him enough for his commitment, passion and support for football.”
There are several events and initiatives running across NSFA this week, full details below.
We will raise money for FightMND through fundraising efforts, challenges, donations, and sales of merchandise.
NSFA will collect the money from all NSFA Clubs in participation and submit a donation on behalf of the football community each season.
Ice Bucket Challenge
Over the coming weeks you will see various members of the NSFA community doing the Ice Bucket Challenge on social media.
We encourage anyone involved in the Ice Bucket Challenge this week to make a donation to our online FightMND fundraiser through the link above and challenge your mates!
NSFA is excited to confirm some fantastic prizes for our FightMND Fundraiser Raffle:
- 1st prize: Sydney FC Matchday box (valued at $700)
- 2nd prize: $400 gift voucher from NSFA sponsor Harvey Norman
- 3rd prize: $200 voucher from NSFA sponsor Petbarn
- 4th prize: 6-person barefoot bowls at Club Turramurra (valued at $120)
- 5th prize: St Ives Physio welfare pack (valued at $120)
FightMND beanies will be on sale at the following locations this weekend: NTRA, Warrimoo Oval, Berowra Oval, Regimental Oval, Blackman Park, Bales Park.
Beanies will be on sale for $20 each, with all proceeds to be donated to FightMND.
The FightMND Juggling Challenge will take place at the following locations on Saturday morning, with entrants required to make a $2 donation, complete the challenge and enter via a QR code displayed at the ground.
- Saturday and Sunday – NTRA and Warrimoo Oval
- Saturday – Berowra Oval, Regimental Oval, Blackman Park and Bales Park
- 1st prize: $200 Harvey Norman gift voucher
- 2nd prize: $100 Petbarn voucher
- 3rd prize: $100 Farina Pizzeria voucher
Why Round 12?
In football the crowd and support staff of a team is often referred to as the ‘12th man’, providing additional support to those on the field to win the match and perform their best. Damian has been the 12th man within NSFA, contributing significantly to NSFA, KDSA, KDFRA and Northern Tigers during his time involved.
Damian will forever be the 12th man of local football within NSFA which we will recognise and celebrate each season.
About Motor Neurone Disease and Fight MND
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells (neurones) 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.
Founded in 2014, FightMND was established with the purpose of finding effective treatments and ultimately a cure for Motor Neurone Disease. They are Australia’s leading independent MND Foundation funding large-scale collaborative research, drug development, clinical trials, and vital assistive equipment for Australians living with MND.