Take A Break Wellness Grants For People Living With MND
Posted 30th April, 2020
Celebrating 10 years of the Vitality ‘Take a Break from MND’ program
From our foundation, Vitality Brands has been focused on generating positive outcomes for people, communities and the environment – not only through the wellness products we offer, but also by dedicating time and funding to create programs with real impact through the Vitality Social Impact Fund, V3.
Now celebrating its tenth year, the Vitality Brands Take a Break from MND program has helped improve the lives of people and families living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) across Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and now, Western Australia. The program provides wellness grants for those impacted by MND, whether someone who is living with MND, their carer or their family. The recipient can spend it on anything they consider important to their personal wellbeing.
Our Managing Director, James Wright was moved to help those with MND after witnessing the effects of the disease on family members and a close friend – lives that were ultimately claimed once the disease progressed.
“When Vitality Brands came to us in 2010 saying they’d like to help us help people with Motor Neurone Disease, we talked about what people with MND need, that we couldn’t give,” explains former MND Victoria CEO, Rod Harris.
“We knew people needed a rest from the relentlessness of MND, from the ongoing losses, and they needed a positive, even a small one, that could make a difference, even for a short period of time, in their daily life. It was then that we created Take a Break.”
From the shock of diagnosis, an individual’s experience with MND can range in duration from short to drawn-out. However the journey goes, MND is ultimately unforgiving.
As the MND Associations’ motto goes, “until there’s a cure, there’s care”. For those with MND and their families, the focus becomes maintaining quality of life. That’s where the service of MND Advisors and the Take a Break program can help.
Some ways Take a Break has helped Australians living with MND:
- Reuniting families: Covering travel costs to help family members reunite.
- iPads and laptops: Helping those losing strength in their hands and arms stay connected.
- Entertainment: Streaming subscriptions and tickets to concerts to experience the arts.
- Home maintenance: Gardening, gutter and window cleaning to maintain a proud home.
- In-home massages: Soothing stress and pressure while reinvigorating the body.
To date, Vitality has invested nearly $250,000 to fund well over 500 Take a Break grants for our partners, the MND Associations of Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. We are also excited to announce our newest partner, the MND Association of Western Australia!
In credit to the impact of this program, MND Victoria decided to matched Vitality funding of the Take a Break program from 2019 – enabling double the amount of people living with MND to access this unique funding in Victoria.
The joy and empowerment Take a Break provides to people in need and those who help them is something of which our team is very proud. Knowing our work contributes to this wonderful cause is motivating, inspiring and unifying.
Vitality customers should feel proud too – sales of our products help fund Take a Break and other V3 programs!
Take a look at Vitality’s participation in the Day Of Hope Live Stream 2020
This years Day of Hope will help celebrate and honour those who have been impacted by MND.
Posted by Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria on Saturday, May 2, 2020