Our Annual Campaign


Thank you for helping to make the 2018 Freedom campaign our best yet!

Each year, we kick off on 7th September for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) awareness day, and conclude on 30th September which is the global awareness day for Limb girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD). September is also CMT Awareness Month!

A range of events and street collections were held throughout the country with the dedicated support of regional branch committee members, volunteers and members. Thank you to everyone who got involved and helped to raise awareness and funds for our services.

2019 Freedom campaign!

There are many ways you can get behind the 2019 Freedom campaign.

Any contribution big or small is greatly appreciated. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Host a morning tea for MD

Get a group together for morning tea and fundraise for MDA at the same time.  Take a look at our tips for hosting a morning tea for MD in September.

Volunteer as a collector

We need volunteers in all regions to collect during our street appeals.

You must be reliable, have transport and be willing to take responsibility for your health and safety, as well as take responsibility for securing and banking money while collecting.

Contact your local branch or email us [email protected]  if you wish to volunteer for a collection.

Take a donation box

We have small items in display boxes, that customers can exchange for a $2 donation.

See if your workplace or local cafe would be happy to
have a box on their reception desk or counter.

Download an order form here or contacc [email protected] to have a box sent to you.

Hold a school mufti day

Your child's school might like to hold a mufti day, wheels day or have a coin trail.  Freedom is a universal word that everyone can relate to and we want our young people to have fun with our logo and concept, while increasing their understanding and empathy for others.

To connect with us and find out about how we can support your school activity, download a form by clicking here or email [email protected] 

Tell us what Freedom means to you

Using our poster, write, sketch or draw what freedom means to you, take a photo of yourself holding this up and either upload it to our Instagram account or send it to us.   To download the poster, click here.

Participate in an event

During September we hold a variety of events nationwide.  You can help by attending an event, donating time or an auction item or spreading the word. 2019 dates and events are coming soon.

2018 Freedom dates

Friday 7th Sept DMD Awareness day and campaign launch

Morning tea for MD, at Northern Branch offices, 3 William Laurie Place Albany, Auckland.

Saturday 8th Sept Fly for Freedom kite making family day

From 11am at Mt Albert Senior Citizens Hall (beside Rocket Park) , 751 New North Road, St Lukes, Auckland

Sunday 9th Sept Craft stall Carterton daffodil festival

Celebrate spring at the Carterton daffodil festival and support the Wellington Branch craft stall.

 Friday 14th Sept Freedom Street Appeal

 Street collections will take place all around the country.  Collections will also take place on other days and locations throughout the month of September.  Contact your branch to get involved.

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th Sept FA Family Forum

To be held by FARA NZ in collaboration with MDANZ at the Brentwood Hotel Conference Centre, 16 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington. The forum will bring families together and provide an update on what is happening in NZ for people with FA. Contact Dianne Boon for information or to RSVP [email protected].

Saturday 22 Sept - SMA Family Day

Our second SMA Family Day will be held at MDANZ National Office, Penrose, Auckland on Saturday 22 September. Travel assistance is available. Contact Natalie Brunzel to RSVP or find out more [email protected].

Saturday 29th Sept Casino night in the Bay

A Casino evening will be held in the Hawkes Bay on Sunday 29th September.  Tickets are $25. Members are welcome to volunteer their time on the evening to help out and watch the fun, or donate food items for supper.  Contact Penny Piper [email protected] for information.

Saturday 29th Sept Canterbury Education Forum

To be held at 1-4pm at the Commodore Airport Hotel, Memorial Ave, Christchurch. Join us for afternoon tea and hear from a range of speakers.  Contact Gemma Foulds [email protected] for information or to RSVP.

Sunday 30 Sept LGMD awareness day

Join the Northern team in a walk around the Hatea loop at Whangarei basin, followed by a Freedom lunch.  Contact Denise Ganley [email protected] for information.

6th Oct Casino night in Dunedin

A Casino evening is planned for 6th October. Contact Jo Smith  [email protected] for tickets or to get involved.

Thank you for your support!