Buy a beanie to fight MND

By Riverine Herald

IT’S perfect weather for a beanie so why not visit Savoury Bite in Hare St and grab your own and support a good cause while you’re at it.

The Savoury Bite girls, along with Mel Pyle, Kokoh Boutique, Westside Milkbar, Royal Hotel, Gravity Shack and the Border Inn have MND beanies for sale this year and with sales eclipsing $11,000 already, it looks like it’s going to be a great fundraising year.

MND wasn’t something Savoury Bite part owner Lindy (Lou) Guthrie and her daughter Tahnee Radford had come across, but in February 2016 they were given a crash course when their husband and dad, Garry, was diagnosed with this terrible disease.

Garry died in January 2018 after a two-year battle.

Family and good friend Mel Pyle have been selling beanies for the past three years to help find a cure.

‘‘We didn’t know much about MND back then because we hadn’t been touched by it, but it doesn’t seem to matter who you are and what you do, Garry was a big strong man at 110kgs — MND took away his strength and dignity, he couldn’t stand, walk or use his hands and it was terrible,’’ Lou said.

Last year’s fundraising efforts, including donations and beanie and stubby holder sales raised $10,000.

‘‘We wanted to beat that this year and we certainly have. We just hope what we have raised has made a difference and helps find a cure for this cruel disease,’’ she said.

FightMND’s fundraising manager Anna Skelton said it was a remarkable effort.

‘‘They have sold more than 1000 beanies which has raised a significant amount,’’ she said.

‘‘The funds raised are going to the best and brightest research to help find a cure for MND.

‘‘We are so incredibly thankful and so proud of Tahnee and Mel for their help to fight the beast that is MND.’’