Murray Human Services’ Philip Evans was overwhelmed by the support for Friday's ice bucket challenge.TRENT HORNEMAN September 1, 2014 3:44am
‘‘The community of Echuca-Moama never ceases to amaze me.’’
Murray Human Services’ Philip Evans was almost, but not quite, lost for words after 125 $100-buckets of ice water were poured over residents on Friday.
Mr Evans was stunned with the response after announcing his plan for the community to host a group ice bucket challenge, to raise money and awareness of motor neurone disease, just 10 days earlier.
People from all walks of life took on the challenge, which was been a viral internet sensation since it started with American athletes.
Several hundred people packed Echuca Primary School’s oval for the challenge on Friday.
Among the crowd of challengers were school teachers, business leaders, athletes and residents who had family or friends touched by the disease.
Mr Evans said he had not anticipated the challenge would have raised so much money for motor neurone disease research.
‘‘When I first floated the idea of the challenge, I thought maybe 50 buckets would have pulled us up, but to have this response is just incredible,’’ he said.
‘‘As well as having as all sorts of people involved, it was good to have some of our clients at Murray Human Services take part in the challenge.
‘‘We are a not-for-profit organisation who can often have its hand out asking for money, well this is one way that we can give something back.’’
As well as the support of those taking on the challenge, he received support from businesses including Bunnings, Rich River Ice and Coolabah Turf, who donated items to help the challenge.
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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.