A ball for motor neurone disease raised further funds in memory of former Benalla resident and MND sufferer Mick Rodger.MONIQUE FREER June 27, 2014 3:19am
Motor neurone disease ball in Melbourne initiated by friends of Mick Rodger who died of MND in 2010. Pictured are his widow Robyn Smith, children Martine, Georgia and Dene Rodger and the Martyn, Whitcroft/Allen and DeCrespigny families.
The legacy of former Benalla resident Mick Rodger is living on with more than $600
On Saturday, June 14 more than 20 Benalla residents travelled to Melbourne for the seventh annual MND Ball to raise money for the cause.
Among those were Mr Rodger’s widow Robyn Smith and children Dene, Georgia and Martine Rodger.
‘‘It is so humbling to have so many people still care and help fight MND,’’ Ms Smith said.
‘‘His three children .
MND is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells controlling the muscles progressively fail to work normally, affecting movement, speaking, swallowing and breathing.
Cobram-born Mr Rodger was diagnosed with the disease in 2008, and died in March 2010.
The ball is one of two major fundraising events each year; the annual Benalla Act to d-Feet MND event raised about $30
Four Benalla families were among the 400 attendees at the ball earlier this month, held at The Club in Albert Park.
‘‘Our Benalla friends have been awesome in their support of the ball, particularly the Whitcroft/Allen, de Crespigny and Martyn families,’’ Ms Smith said.
‘‘It has become an annual ritual.’’
All money raised goes to MND research and a grant in Mick Rodger’s name.
The Ensign reported last year that Mick Rodger Benalla MND Research Grant recipient Bradley Turner and his lab at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health’s Parkville facility had identified a defective gene in MND lab models, and were investigating the use of gene therapy to target the gene.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.