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Monday 20 November 2017

Date night to boost funds in war against MND

THE Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association is looking for single women to take part in a Take Me Out-style fundraiser.

The profile of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) was raised considerably this week thanks to a moving documentary featuring RTE sports broadcaster Colm Murray's battle with the disease.

The IMNDA expressed its sincere thanks to Mr Murray for talking so openly "and the awareness this has generated".

A spokesperson for the association told the Herald that it is looking for 25 ladies and 10 lads to participate in its Take Me Out fundraising event, to be held in a Dublin city venue on Saturday, March 31.

According to the organisers, the night itself will follow the popular television dating show's format as much as possible, with the single ladies looking to score a date with one of the brave men who will be vying for their affections and entertaining everyone in the name of charity.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the IMNDA said that there had been a lot of positive feedback about the RTE programme featuring Mr Murray, with many comments posted on the association's Facebook page.

"Lots of people thought he was brave and inspirational," the spokesperson said.

The popular sports broadcaster was diagnosed with the condition in March 2010 and has since been taking part in a number of international trials, which hope to find a cure for the debilitating illness.

The association said that the documentary, MND - The Inside Track, which was broadcast on Monday night attracting some 600,000 viewers, "was a fascinating insight into his journey."

Approximately one in 50,000 will develop MND in any one year, with 300 patients in Ireland at any one time.

fdillon@herald.ie

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