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Ice Bucket Challenge
Date of Event Manly Warringah Junior Cricket Association: Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:53PM

Simon Tipton Ice Bucket Challenge – Raising the Awareness of Motor Neurone Disease

I started cricket coaching five years ago (2014) when my sons Robbie (aged 7) & Scott (aged 6) played U8’s Kanga cricket. The days of a plastic ball and average cricket scores. I continued coaching the Peninsula Piranhas U9’s to U11’s the team being undefeated two seasons in a row. Robbie and Scott played together and matured as cricket players and progressed into the Manly teams. In 2017 Robbie played in the Manly U11 Presidents team & Scott in the Manly U10’s development squad. Both sons continue to represent Manly today. I met Chris Melville during the Northern Beaches club cricket tournament and as part of the Manly U10’s development squad and I was delighted to be able to assist in coaching the Manly U11’s DCA team in 2018/19 & U12’s division 1 team in 2019. It has been an absolute honour and enormous fun to be part of the Manly club and I have made some very close friends in this cricketing community.



At the beginning of this year after noticing some unusual symptoms I was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) which quickly took its toll and brought my coaching to an abrupt end. I continue to attend all club and representative games and help out in a limited capacity. Since being diagnosed I have been extremely humbled by the tremendous support I receive from the professional community and from my family and friends. I decided I wanted to give back and raise the awareness of MND in the community. To this end I have pledged to perform the Ice Bucket Challenge and I will again on Saturday 4 January 2020 at the Manly oval.


The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving the dumping of a bucket of ice and water over a person's head, either by another person or self-administered, to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as motor neuron disease and in the US as Lou Gehrig's disease) and encourage donations to research.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amyotrophic_lateral_sclerosis


Ice Bucket Challenge 05 Sept 2019 – Manly U12’s squad pre-season training. Caleb Connors (Division 1 Captain) & Tyrone Fender (Division 2 Captain) doing the honours.















Ice Bucket Challenge 25 Oct 2019 – Ribbon Communications Day of Service. Graham Opie (CEO MND NSW) & Kelly Carr (Info Line Advisor MND NSW) doing the honours.



In doing the Ice Bucket Challenge I attempt to raise funds for the Macquarie University Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research. I started raising funds on 23 Aug 2019 and have raised $12,235.90 so far, still a little short of my $15,000 target. Details of my story and how to donate can be found on the everydayhero website https://give.everydayhero.com/au/simon-roberts-ice-bucket-challenge


Your donation is directed to one or more of the following areas:

MND Research Centre - Enable doctors and researchers to conduct vital research into the causes and mechanisms of MND

MND Clinic - Help patient’s access subsidised and best practice multidisciplinary care

Biobank - Build our bank of biological samples for MND which may provide clues about the disease

Clinical Trials - Assist scientists to investigate better treatments for people living with MND

 

Macquarie University Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research

https://www.mq.edu.au/research/research-centres-groups-and-facilities/healthy-people/centres/macquarie-university-centre-for-motor-neuron-disease-research


 Coaching

2014/15 Peninsula Kanga Pacers U8’s

2015/16 Peninsula Piranhas U9’s

2016/17 Peninsula Piranhas U10’s

2017/18 Peninsula Piranhas U11’s

2018/19 Manly DCA U11’s

2019 Manly Division 1 U12’s



Last updated: Sunday December 29, 2019 1:54PM