FAQs

Where do proceeds go?

All funds raised from Little Miracles will go towards finding a cure for Muscular Dystrophy.

Specifically speaking, funds will go towards research at the National Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre located in the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Funds raised will also support MDA’s programs and services offering respite, including CampMDA held four times a year across Victoria.

 

What is Muscular Dystrophy?

Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is a progressive muscle destroying disorder affecting one in every 625 men, women and children. Currently, 30,000 Australians are affected by Muscular Dystrophy.

Leading to the early onset of debilitating heart, breathing and mobility complications, it’s common for many to be fully dependent on a wheelchair by age eight.

The majority of Muscular Dystrophy types are inherited. However, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – the most severe form of the disorder – has a high rate of spontaneous mutation and can affect people with no prior family history. 

To date, there is no cure for Muscular Dystrophy, but every donation gets us closer.

 

What is Muscular Dystrophy Australia?

Muscular Dystrophy Australia (MDA) was established in 1984 by Executive Director, Boris M Struk, as a support group for individuals and families affected by Muscular Dystrophy. Boris founded MDA after discovering that his youngest son, Ryan, had the disorder.

MDA has a very strong commitment to “quality of life” programs. CampMDA was started in 1988 and runs nationally throughout the year, providing respite to those affected and their families.

Through its own National Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre (NMDRC), external clinics and the Royal Children’s Hospital, MDA provides essential funding for working towards a world without MD.

Since its founding, MDA has raised over $43 million dollars in funding and provided over a million hours of care for those affected by MD.

Can I further donate to this cause?

Of course. Every little bit counts. Simply visit https://mda-online.org/forms/MDA_Donation/donate.html and list “Little Miracles” as your reason for donating.

 

How are Little Miracles made?

Each Little Miracle goes through a special three-step process.

The first and most important step is going from concept to handmade creation thanks to the big imaginations of the Little Miracle makers.

Step two is undertaken by the talented engineers and students at Monash University. They use computer-aided design and 3D printers to turn digital blueprints into copies of each Little Miracle.

 Finally, step three is where you come in, because these ornaments aren’t miracles until you take one home and fund a real miracle – a cure for Muscular Dystrophy.

 

When will I receive my Little Miracle?

Orders will not begin to be packed until Wednesday December 7. You May pre-order prior to this date.

Once you place your order, we’ll aim to send it within 24 business hours. It’s then up to AUS Post to get it to you within their expected time frame. They’re usually pretty great, so make sure your tree’s ready to go!

Australia: 5-6 business days

New Zealand: 5-10 business days

International: Contact us for a timeframe

 

What if my Little Miracle’s taking a while to arrive?
We’re sure it’s close by, but feel free to get in touch with us on (03) 9320 9555, or at info@mda.org.au so we can track your Little Miracle’s journey.

 

How much is shipping?

If you’re located in Australia, shipping is free!

If your Little Miracle needs to travel overseas, you’ll have to pay for shipping. To find out how much that will cost, please get in touch with us on (03) 9320 9555, or at info@mda.org.au.

 

I can’t wait! Do you offer express shipping?

We’re happy to arrange express shipping for you, but it’ll cost you a little more depending on where you are. Just email us as soon as you’ve placed your order and we’ll make sure to send it super speedily.

 

There’s something wrong with my order

Oh, no! Please don’t hesitate to send it back. We’ll be happily able to sort you out with a refund or replacement – whatever works best for you.

 

PR enquiries

tegan.dunne@mda.org.au

 

General Enquiries

info@mda.org.au