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Students race to raise funds for MND

Two Edinburgh students are taking part in a charity challenge to raise funds to help tackle Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Image of Sara Amido and Audrey Yeo

Sara Amido and Audrey Yeo will to attempt to hitchhike from Edinburgh to Prague in aid of charity MND Scotland.

The duo will depart from Edinburgh on 15 February, and are tasked with reaching Prague by 18 February without spending any money.

The event – called Race2Prague – has been organised by Edinburgh Students’ Charities Appeal.

Raising funds

In the run up to the event, the students will raise funds for MND Scotland, inspired by their friend Ruth Porter who is currently living with the condition.

We’d never really heard of MND before meeting Ruth and we hope our fundraising will help all the research currently happening in Scotland to find a cure for this disease.

Sara Amido

MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles. This may cause someone to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or breathe unaided.

Close friends

Audrey, from Singapore, is currently doing a Master’s degree in Art and Sara, from Portugal, has just finished a Master’s in Linguistics.

The students met three years ago through a University society practising a martial art called Capoeira and quickly became close friends, sharing a sense of adventure. 

We both enjoy going to new places and trying out different things, so this challenge is right up our alley. I had seen several initiatives through Edinburgh RAG and had always thought about doing something.

Audrey Yeo

To donate to Sara and Audrey’s fundraising, visit

This is a fantastic event for Sara and Audrey to be taking part in and will certainly be a challenge. All the money raised will go towards helping us continue to support people like Ruth, who are affected by MND in Scotland. We provide practical, financial and emotional support, and fund research towards a cure, which we couldn’t do without fundraisers like Audrey and Sara.

Iain McWhirterHead of fundraising, MND Scotland

Related links

MND Scotland

Sara and Audrey’s fundraising page