This October, 450 people will continuously pedal 17 spin bikes on the Glenelg Foreshore for a consecutive 27 hours to help find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
Now in its third year, the Sister Love 27-Hour Spin event is part of FightMND’s national 27 Challenge (27 Sep – 27 Nov) campaign where people across Australia are encouraged to set a physical activity challenge that incorporates the number 27 while raising funds for MND research and care.
The average life expectancy of a person living with MND is only 27 months and there is no effective treatment or cure.
Running from 1pm, Saturday 29 October through to 4pm, Sunday 30 October, the Sister Love 27-Hour Spin event will be held at the Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club where 17 teams made up of 27 people will cycle continuously on spin-bikes provided by Studio360 Cycle.
This year’s event is hoping to raise more than $100,000, after raising $93,000 last year.
Sister Love 27 Hour Spin is the brainchild of Bronwyn Watt, who lost her sister to MND in June 2022.
“My sister Jenny was diagnosed with MND in April 2020 and I wanted to do something to raise money to help find a cure,” Bronwyn Watt said.
“While a cure didn’t come in time for my sister, we need to keep raising funds for MND research so that people living with MND have hope,” Bronwyn Watt said.
FightMND CEO Dr. Fiona McIntosh recognized the commitment Bronwyn and everyone taking part and supporting Sister Love 27 Hour Spin.
“It is only through the support of our passionate community fundraisers like Bronwyn – that we can make a meaningful impact in the fight against the Beast that is MND,” Dr. McIntosh said.
“All funds raised through Sister Love 27 Hour Spin will be invested in cutting-edge research to find effective treatments and a cure for MND as well as care initiative to improve the lives of people living with MND.”
“Every dollar counts in the fight against the Beast – so if you can, please show your support for Sister Love 27 Hour Spin or set your own 27 Challenge today.”
Spots are still available for individuals or teams in the Sister Love 27 Hour Spin challenge. For more information or to take part, visit https://www.facebook.com/sisterlove27hourspin/.
To donate and support the event, please visit: https://hub.fightmnd.org.au/27-challenge-2022/sister-love-27-hour-spin-fightmnd
For more information about the FightMND 27 Challenge, please visit: https://27challenge.fightmnd.org.au/.