Setting sail for a good cause

Published on ABIS Sarah Williams (author and photographer)

Topic(s): Charities, Fundraising & Community, HMAS Darwin (F04)

HMAS Darwin's Communication and Information Systems department shows their support towards Motor Neurone Disease fundraising efforts. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)
HMAS Darwin's Communication and Information Systems department shows their support towards Motor Neurone Disease fundraising efforts.

Leading Seaman Communication & Information Systems sailor Erin Ormiston is running over 5000km to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Western Australia. Erin is currently in HMAS Darwin which is enroute to conduct the 57th rotation of Operation SLIPPER in the Middle East Area of Operations.

While proudly serving her country, Erin is also using the seven months away from family and friends to help raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Erin has witnessed first hand the effects of the disease with her mother, Bev diagnosed with MND in 2008.

Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems Erin Ormiston runs on the treadmill to help raise money for research and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease.

Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems Erin Ormiston runs on the treadmill to help raise money for research and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease.

MND is a terminal neurological condition with no known cause or cure that robs individuals of their ability to speak, move and eat, but which in most cases leaves the mind healthy and intact.

Erin and 14 of her work colleagues in the Communications department of HMAS Darwin will be running to achieve a target of 5149 kilometres using the treadmill onboard. This represents the distance between Moora in regional Western Australia, where her family lives, to the city of Darwin. The run is to raise money in support of Western Australians living with MND.

“I have seen my mother deteriorate rapidly to an extent that she is now confined to a wheelchair and relies on a full-time carer.”

“MND is such a rare disease and very little is known about it, so it helps me knowing that I can raise money and awareness, while I'm so far away from home and my loved ones.”

If you would like to support Erin in her quest to help raise awareness for MND visit https://give.everydayhero.com/au/erin-9.