Harcourt’s icy plunge raises $10,000 for MND

Harcourts Ulverstone & Penguin team members have taken an icy trip down the town’s water slide to raise more than $10,000 for Motor Neurone Disease.

The event, held in conjunction with the Ulverstone Football Club, was the second time the agency had held the Big Freeze Slide, which coincided with former AFL player, coach and MND sufferer, Neale Daniher’s Big Freeze 10.

MND is the name given to a group of diseases where the nerve cells controlling the muscles that enable people to move, speak, swallow and breathe, fail to work normally and eventually die.

Harcourts Ulverstone & Penguin Administration Manager Maree Stones said the agency was inspired to join the fight against MND through personal connections.

“One of the agents here in our office, Jakub Lehman, one of his friend’s fathers, had MND,” she said.

“Jakub is an ambassador for Fight MND and he’s also involved in the football club.

“Everyone knows someone who has been touched by MND and together with the community just decided let’s have Ulverston’s own Big Freeze Slide.”

Ms Stones said three team members went down the slide, along with other community members, including her children.

Local stores donated ice to fill the waterslide pool and anyone who wanted to slide donated $20. 

Big Freeze merchandise was sold on the day and donations were made and collected.

“Last year we raised $7500 and this year we raised just over $10,000, which was our target,” Ms Stones said.

Among the brave souls who took the icy plunge at the end of the long slide was Harcourts Tasmania Chief Executive Officer Tony Morrison, demonstrating his commitment to the cause and setting an inspiring example for the community.

“Harcourts Ulverstone & Penguin’s partnership with the Ulverstone Football Club for the Big Freeze Slide #2 has been an incredible experience,” Mr Morrison said.

“Their collective efforts not only provide essential funds for MND but also bring our community closer together. 

“We are grateful for everyone who participated and supported this worthwhile cause.”

Ms Stones said it was amazing to see how many people turned out and supported the cause.

“We’ve got a beautiful community here and events like this just bring everyone together,” she said.

“The promotion we get out of it isn’t front of mind, it’s about the cause and the community.”

Harcourts Ulverstone & Penguin also celebrated their recent accolade, winning the prestigious National Harcourts Foundation Award, a testament to their ongoing dedication to community service and philanthropy.

Donations can still able to be made here.

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