EMILY Wagstaff is not your average seven-year-old.
When Emily walks, she walks tall — she walks on air, she walks on sunshine and she hopes to walk all over Motor Neurone Disease.
More socially conscious than someone five times her age, Emily walked 36 kilometres over three weeks to raise money for MND research.
As part of her ‘My mission ... to care’ campaign, Emily hit the tracks around her home of Briagolong, walking a kilometre for every person in the area suffering from MND.
She walked to and from school, with her friend Rose often riding her bike alongside her, for encouragement.
Emily lapped the district’s lanes and reserves, as well as Briagolong Primary School’s oval during lunch times.
On Emily’s final day, the entire school lapped it with her.
To support her efforts, Briagolong and District Pony Club held a blue rally, where members gave a gold coin to dress up in blue.
Emily belongs to a family where MND is hereditary.
The family has already lost a large number of relatives to this disease, including her great-grandmother and most of her great-grandmother’s siblings.
A neurological disease that affects more than 350,000 of the world’s population, MND kills more than 100,000 people every year.
Emily began with a target of raising $500, which quickly blew out to $1000 and $1500 after an overwhelming response.
She has so far raised $1689 for MND research, but her quest doesn’t stop there.
This Sunday, Emily will sell MND merchandise at the Briagolong market, and has helped organise an “ice bucket challenge” at the Briagolong RSL Log Cabin at 1pm.
A bucket of ice cold water will be tipped over the heads of those nominated, and there will be opportunities to donate to MND research.
Plenty of people have already been nominated, including Emily’s own family and community organisations.
Those who can’t make it to the challenge, can visit www.mycause.com.au/page/175641/my-missionto-care-emily-wagstaff to donate.