THIS IS TO BE NO PIRACY, EVEN IF YOU DO HAVE AN EYE PATCH
The Neuro Research Charitable Trust (NRCT) is an initiative by the Crosby family to raise funds for neurological research undertaken by the Centre for Brain Research in Auckland which is affiliated with The University of Auckland School of Medicine Foundation led by world renown Professor Richard Faull.
In NZ neurological illness affects over 2 in 10 people and, with the post war baby boomers now moving into the more prevalent zone, this percentage is on the increase and research and knowledge building is the only way that a cure or remedy can ever be identified and developed. Without research there is no solution to this epidemic rise in neurological illnesses which includes Alzheimers, Dementia, Huntington’s and our special interest, Parkinson’s, which Bernie Crosby is affected by. He has had this illness for the past 10 years and, as with all these neurological illnesses, it progressively increases by varying degrees with time. Like most people, unless you are personally affected by an illness such as this, you do not become familiar or aware of the significance and number of people whose lives are permanently and adversely affected but you should always remember that the statistics are that 2 out of 10 people are affected and the odds are it could be one of your family or close friend. Accordingly fundraising, and being generous in the facilitation of funding research, is a preventative measure so that should you become one of the 2 out of 10 people there is a cure, or at least medication or procedures that can mitigate the effects of neurological illness.
To date our funding initiatives have raised over $600k of which the Crosby’s have donated $1 for every dollar raised through various activities such as charity dinners, golf matches and generous donations. Accordingly the very generous gesture being made by the Waikato Rowing Club in promoting the Waikato 100, a challenging boat race on the Waikato river of 100kms, is very gratefully accepted and we wish to thank most sincerely the Waikato Rowing Club for this initiative.