Ice not so nice

Greg Dunsmuir, left, and Guy Gartung, right, have a chuckle at the expense of Trevor Gartung, unceremoniously stripped of his Driza-Bone jacket and Asian bamboo hat to undergo the ice bucket challenge.

Greg Dunsmuir, left, and Guy Gartung, right, have a chuckle at the expense of Trevor Gartung, unceremoniously stripped of his Driza-Bone jacket and Asian bamboo hat to undergo the ice bucket challenge.

A DETERMINED Briagolong community didn’t let a little chilly weather get in the way of raising money for an important cause on Sunday.

Timing the challenge to lead into the FightMND Big Freeze 4 fundraiser at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday, the town had its own ice bucket challenge fundraiser at the Briagolong RSL log cabin.

Buckets of freezing ice water were poured over some local legends, nominated by satisfied relatives and peers, to cheers from an equally-satisfied crowd.

Raising money for care and support for people living with motor neurone disease, the event was organised by the Wagstaffs — a family where MND is hereditary.

The family has already lost relatives to this disease, including a great-grandmother and most of her siblings.

Briagolong RSL president Mark Wagstaff and the challenge’s main organiser, Candice Wagstaff, were among the dunkees, as well as various family members getting behind the cause.

“It’s a special campaign for myself and my family,” Ms Wagstaff said.

“The support from this community has been absolutely overwhelming.”

Daughter Emily, aged just seven, recently walked 36 kilometres in three weeks, a kilometre for every person in the area suffering from MND, raising more than three times her original target of $500.

Emily’s fundraising, sales of MND merchandise at the Briagolong market and the ice bucket challenge amounted to about $3000.

Motor Neurone Disease is a neurological disease that affects more than 350,000 of the world’s population, and kills more than 100,000 every year.

People wanting to donate can visit www.mycause.com.au/page/175641/mymissionto-care-emily-wagstaff.

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