Inspirational OG Jane Milne (Jell, class of 1991) is the current CEO of the MND and Me Foundation and welcomes the Somerville House and Old Girl community's support of their latest MNDistance Challenge as part of the school Interhouse Cross Country competition SomeyRun@HOME for 2020.
Jane, pictured left with her daugher Madelyn Milne (Year 9 student), says the challenges posed by the current environment require us to look at how things can be done differently, and the Interhouse Cross Country at Somerville House is an example of this flexible thinking.
Somerville House have entered themselves as a team for the MNDistance Challenge, which asks participants to challenge themselves to get out of their comfort zone.
With the assistance of the mobile app 'Strava', participants log their runs to achieve points for their house while raising awareness and funds for the MND and Me Foundation.
Old Girls are encouraged to support and sponsor the girls - or take advantage of the extra outdoor iso-exercise we're currently doing, and take part in the challenge - as an Old Girl!
If you would prefer not to do the challenge you can still raise funds for this important local charity.
To hear from Jane's daughter on the challenge she has set for herself as well as fellow Year 9 student, Lily, please see our previous article, inviting Old Girls to join the Interhouse challenge https://www.somervillehouseoga.com.au/news/279973.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rare disease that affects the body's motor neurones, whereby they gradually stop telling the muscles how to move. It is a life shortening illness that can affect how sufferers walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. There is currently no cure for MND.
The MND and Me Foundation is a local, not for profit organisation established in 2010 by Scott Sullivan, a local Brisbane dad of two children, who was diagnosed with MND at the age of 38 and sadly passed away in 2014.
Jane joined the MND and Me Foundation in July 2018. She was a supporter of the charity well before this, starting with her association with Norman Park State School, where Scott Sullivan was also a parent. Jane participated in their first Million Metres swim.
Please click on this link to hear from Jane: 20200515_081931.mp4
To take part in the challenge and support your house please:
✅ click: https://events.mndandme.com.au/…/13/the-mndistance-challenge and join 'Team Somey MND and Me' (if you can't run, you can still donate via this link!)
✅ Download the free Strava training app at https://strava.com or the App Store.
✅ Set up your profile - to identify as an Old Girl and your house, write your house name and OG at the end of your surname (eg. "Ann Smith" would write "Ann Smith-GilmoreOG")
✅ Once it's set up, click the blue initials icon in the top right corner of the screen, and select 'settings', then 'display preferences’. Change units and measurements to ‘kilometres’ and default sport to ‘running’. In ‘Privacy controls’, set profile page, activities and group activities to ‘followers’. Flyby to ‘no one’.
✅ On the top of your profile page, select 'explore' and 'clubs', then search and select ‘Somey Run@Home’. In the club page, ask to join. Once your request is approved, you will be ready to start recording your runs using your phone or linked device.
✅ You will receive a notification advising that your application has been received by Andre Sinclair (Director of Cross Country) - please accept the invitation.
Alternatively you can donate to the Somey MND and Me Team to help them in their fundraising efforts for MND and Me to support people with MND and their families as well as funding critical research https://events.mndandme.com.au/my-fundraising/1051/somey-mnd-and-me.
Read more about the vital work being undertaken by the MND and Me Foundation on their website https://www.mndandme.com.au/.