V8Supercar driver Scott McLaughlin is getting behind the Cure for MND Foundation after meeting a great fan of his, Shane who had MND and passed away from the disease just a few months after Scott met him.
“It hit me pretty hard, he was a really nice guy, what hits me most about the whole thing was he knew completely what was going on, his brain was continually working but everything shuts down around it, it’s a pretty sad disease and to be a part of it, and to understand it and know what’s going on is pretty special to me” said McLaughlin at Phillip Island yesterday.
The Foundation President Ian Davis who is battling MND himself said “It’s fantastic to have Scott join us as an ambassador and true supporter of the Cure for MND Foundation, the Cure for MND foundation is a 100% not-for-profit foundation established in 2014. We aim to raise the profile of Motor Neurone Disease within Australia and abroad in the hopes that increased awareness may lead to not only better care for those affected by the disease, but also increased funding for vital research into finding a cure. Having Scott join us is exciting he’s a great sportsperson a very personable and approachable young man”.
Joining in the fight is Aussie Racing Car driver and the owner of Automobilty a company that modifies cars to allow wheelchair access, Jeff Watters. “My company has partnered with Cure for MND, we are proud to be sponsoring a specially modified loan vehicle for the foundation. We’ve also rebranded my Aussie Racing Car with the Foundations Logo, it made sense for us to support the Foundation, and the association with Scott was perfect, if we can all spread the message of this insidious disease it’s a big step towards making more people aware” said Watters.
“With Scott joining us it will open new doors to younger people whom have most likely never heard of MND, he has a great following both here and abroad” said Davis.
“For me it’s a case of being a face for it [CureMND], and just getting more awareness for it, because I don’t think many people know about MND, obviously with Neale Daniher down here with the footy it’s massive, but for me in the motorsport circles it’s a big thing to get that out there, and it could happen to anyone and it’s important to be aware of it” said McLaughlin.