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Monday, 23 November 2015
Page: 13247


Mr ALEXANDER (Bennelong) (13:50): On 21 October I announced that I was going to undertake the Bennelong 100 kilometre walk to raise money and awareness for motor neurone disease. I, in fact, walked 204.6 kilometres—although not all of me finished; there were eight kilos lost. We raised just over $10,000. I was humbled by the generosity of the good people and corporations of Bennelong. We visited 35 schools, 24 shopping villages, 11 aged-care centres and six charities—and we are all more aware of this terrible disease. I was moved to do this walk by the loss of a very close friend, Brad Drewett. It was so lovely that his young widow, Jo Drewett, joined us on the final day along with a sufferer who is a poster child for this awful disease, Kevin Langdon, and my friends and colleagues Philip Ruddock and Victor Dominello. The good news is that donations are still open, and you can donate money through my website or call the office for more details.