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Mike Schneider steps into the role of FightMND Chair

FightMND is pleased to announce Mike Schneider, Managing Director of the Bunnings Group, as our new Board Chair. 

Mike will take over from Bill Guest, who after more than three years is stepping down as Chair but will remain an active member of the FightMND Board.

FightMND would like to acknowledge and thank Bill for his passion, leadership, sense of fun, wisdom and ongoing commitment to the organisation. Since the beginning, Bill’s support and contribution to FightMND has been enormous – particularly his ability to bring people together around the cause to fight back against the beast.

As the Managing Director of Bunnings Group, Mike brings extensive experience and leadership to the role of Chair along with a strong connection to Motor Neurone Disease and FightMND.  

“Bunnings has supported FightMND over the last three years and this has given me a chance to see the work the organisation does to provide much-needed funds for research into a cure for this horrible disease,” Mike said. 

“I have listened and learned from family and friends about the challenges those diagnosed with MND face every day in their own personal fight against this beast. I’ve also seen firsthand the stress, pain and sadness of those who have lost loved ones to MND. Finding effective treatments and a cure would make a profound difference to so many people’s lives.”

The appointment of Mike as Chair marks an important phase of growth for FightMND, adding to the strength and success of the organisation from humble beginnings around the kitchen bench at the Daniher home to a bold and ambitious national charity. 

In seven years, FightMND has invested over $48 million into MND research and has become one of the largest independent funders of MND research not only in Australia but globally. Alongside research funding, FightMND has also invested nearly $5 million into care equipment for people living with MND. 

In taking on the role of FightMND Chair, Mike recognised the work of his predecessor and the organisation’s founders, flagging his enthusiasm to build on their important work. 

“Bill Guest, along with Neale Daniher and Pat Cunningham have been instrumental in the development of Fight MND. Thanks to these leaders, FightMND is now a leading charity in Australia in providing funding for world-class research into effective treatments and a cure for MND.”

“I am excited to work with FightMND’s CEO Dr Fiona McIntosh, the Board and wider team to deepen the community’s awareness and support for this incredibly important area of research,” Mike said. 

With a passion for seeing people and organisations thrive through strong cultures, clear, aligned purposes and actions, and brand trust, Mike’s vision for FightMND centres around building strong connections with the FightMND Army. 

“We have a responsibility to do all that we can to demonstrate the highest standards of trust and engagement with the army of people who have joined the fight against ‘the beast’ – from government to businesses and the thousands of Australians who buy a beanie or fundraise for FightMND each year.” 

“I know that the Board and team are committed to finding new ways to grow awareness of MND in the community and develop new programs and initiatives to ensure that we can build on the great work that has been done to date.”

Outside of Mike’s role at Bunnings he also sits on the boards of mental health charity Love Me Love You, the Corporate Mental Health Alliance of Australia and Melbourne United Basketball Club.

FightMND 27 Challenge returns in 2021

FightMND 27 Challenge

FightMND’s newest, national fundraising campaign, the 27 Challenge, is back for a second year and we want you to be part of it.

It’s simple. Sign up and set yourself a physical activity goal that incorporates the number 27 and help raise funds for the fight against Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Why 27? When someone is diagnosed with MND, the average life expectancy is just 27 months. This needs to change.

From the 27 September to 27 November, you can choose to run, walk, bike, jump, swim, or even dance – what, how and where is up to you as long as it embraces the number 27 and gets you active.

27 minutes, 27 days, 27 kilometres, 27 laps, 27 times in a row – there’s plenty of ways to get creative and have some fun.

Last year, we had people run 27 hour spin challenges, run 27 kilometres, get active 27 days in a row for 27 minutes, even get 27 buckets of ice dunked on their head.

You can sign up as an individual or rally your friends, family, kids and colleagues to join you.

Spring has sprung and with lockdowns impacting so many of us, what better way to kick off some healthy habits and have some fun – all while raising money for FightMND.

Funds raised through the FIghtMND 27 Challenge go directly towards research to find an effective treatment and cure for MND.

Now all that’s left to do is choose your challenge and create a fundraising page.

Don’t forget to share your challenge on social media using #27Challenge.

How will you challenge yourself?