Get your blue gear on and prepare to have fun at Whanganui's annual Walk 2 D'Feet Motor Neurone Disease.

The 5km walk is at 10.30am on Sunday, November 11, and will raise money to support families affected by motor neurone disease (MND) and fund research to help find a cure.

It will be the third year the fundraising walk has been held in Whanganui.

"Everyone is welcome to take part, wet or fine we go ahead," local organiser Lana Hook said.


"The theme for the walk is 'blue' and about having fun."

The walk is suitable for children, prams and wheelchairs. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

People can register for the walk or donate at and also create their own fundraising page.

The walk will start at 10.30am on Sunday on the riverbank side of the i-SITE Visitor centre, 31 Taupo Quay. Registrations will be taken from 9.30am on the day and t-shirts and merchandise will be available.

MND is a fatal neuro degenerative disease and can strike active people, often in midlife. As the muscle wasting disease progresses, it robs people of their movement, speech and eventually their lives. It is fast moving and people usually live between three to five years after diagnosis. Each year more than 100 people die from MND in New Zealand.

A recent study from University of Auckland shows New Zealanders have the highest known rate of motor neurone disease in the world.