Over 2,000 people attended this year’s Navratri 2017 Garba Dance on Saturday 23 September at Kellyville organised by Gujarati Brahman Samaj of NSW Inc. The Navratri Garba is an Indian cultural dance that is a spectacle of colour with spiritual significance that celebrates the Mother Goddess, the Universal Mother, showering her love and affection on all humans.

Congratulations and thank you to Shirley Cripps who won the Innovate Architects annual “Top 4” NRL Tipping Competition. Shirley was able to nominate a charity close to her heart to receive the $1,000 winner’s prize. MND NSW was nominated by Shirley, and she was presented with the winners cheque by Cameron Jones of Innovate Architects.

In July 2017 MND NSW achieved verification under the NSW Disability Support Standards and accreditation under the QIC Health and Community Services Standards. We undertake accreditation every 3 years and it requires 2 external assessors 3 days to review our policies and procedures and our systems and work processes. The assessors also interviewed people with MND, carers, health professionals, MND NSW staff and board members.

Accreditation by a third party is important as it ensures that MND NSW support services are person centred and we are delivering services that are needed.

Under the National Disability Advocacy Program the Australian Government funds agencies across Australia to provide people with disability access to effective disability advocacy that promotes, protects and ensures their full and equal enjoyment of all human rights enabling full community participation. Find out more about National Disability Advocacy Program by watching the video here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrjsEoziQmWSJbkTp28wys7MWLBvBcVXH or you can access the online Disability Advocacy Finder here https://disabilityadvocacyfinder.dss.gov.au/disability/ndap/

The Binalong Brahmans Rugby League Football Club is a small sporting club in the village of Binalong. Throughout their 2017 season they have been raising funds at every home game and also held a charity day. A number of players and community members have been affected in some way by MND. A very big thank you to the Club who raised $4,000 for MND NSW. Thanks also to Nicole Papasidero who attended the Club's recent presentation dinner to accept the donation on behalf of MND NSW. Pictured are Alison Spencer (Club Secretary), Nicole Papasidero, Ben Spencer (Club President) and baby Ian.

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