Please Support The NeuRA Big Run

Several years ago my mum had a stroke, which scared the hell out of us I can assure you. None of us had had any experience with stroke and the prospect was daunting. Fortunately mum recovered well, thank goodness, and got on with her life.

A few weeks ago mum had another minor episode and although I was just as worried, my knowledge of the disease, its symptoms and treatments had been greatly enhanced by my employment at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), an independent not-for-profit research institute, based in Sydney.

I look after twordbrainhe Digital Strategy and Online Marketing for NeuRA. They are leading the field in brain and nervous system research, and their goal is to prevent, treat and cure brain and nervous system diseases, disorders and injuries through medical research. They cover a myriad of health areas including dementia, motor neurone disease (ALS), Alzheimer’sParkinson’s disease, schizophrenia and stroke, to name but a few.

Sitting with my mum in hospital I was able to better comprehend the information the neurosurgeon and physicians were telling her. I understood the path to recovery and the processes mum had to follow. I have received advice from some of the doctors and professors here at NeuRA and mum has once again recovered well and is now enrolled in one of NeuRA’s many study programs.

It has been enlightening to work with so many brilliant researchers and PhD students, and it has been an absolute pleasure supporting these amazing people by promoting their work through online channels such as FaceBook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Wikipedia.

And that’s what this post is about, supporting effective health research.

Australia is a big country, with big health issues. It is estimated that nearly 1,000,000 Australian’s will suffer a form of dementia by 2050, and even today 1 in 5 Australians – that’s 20% – suffer with a disease or injury of the brain or nervous system.

This is why I have volunteered to be part of the crew supporting the participants taking part in The NeuRA Big Run.

In May a team of eight intrepid fitness fanatics, comprised of doctors, professors, researchers and employees of NeuRA, will pound the pavement from Canberra to Sydney to raise over $50K for neuroscience research. Departing the nation’s capital early on May 3, this 28 hour relay will cover almost 300km and have the team finishing absolutely stuffed at NeuRA Randwick in the afternoon of May 4.

As well as raising vital funds, the team aims to increase awareness of disorders like those listed above, and draw attention to the dedicated researchers who give their life to finding new and innovative cures and treatments.

You can follow their progress via the hashtag #NeuRAChallenge or, more importantly, you can support these brave, and slightly crazy, individuals by donating here. And if you mention Matt’s Notes in the Donor Message section I’ll give you a special shout out on my blog :-)


Burbage Saga Update

Its been some time since we had news of Richard Burbage and his nefarious deeds. Information in Australia is scant to say the least, however I am still in contact with people locally, and in the UK, who have provided me with the following information.

  • Accountancy firm, Worrells, who were placed in charge of’s insolvency have determined that the company was trading insolvent practically from inception, and that the Directors, Richard David John Burbage and Armand Daiga, are exposed to an insolvent trading claim estimated at around $4million.
  • burbage_wbacAccording to Worrells advice to creditors in October 2014, Mr Daiga attempted to settle the claim with an unacceptable offer. They referred the matter to their solicitors to commence recovery action.
  • Worrells have also identified preferential payments made to Manheim Automotive Financial Services Pty Ltd (MAFS) and began seeking recovery of just over $1million. They managed to secure a paltry $400,000.
  • The Fair Entitlements Guarantee contributed just over $270,000 to cover employee entitlements.
  • Unfortunately, although Richard David John Burbage is listed as one of the Directors of Kar Land Pty Ltd, Mr Daiga is the one being pursued by the liquidators. This is purely because of ease. Unlike the gutless Burbage, Mr Daiga has remained in Australia to face the music.

I only hope that there is enough funds left over after Worrells have taken their costs so that the creditors can be compensated.

What has happened to Richard Burbage since the last time I wrote about him is very interesting.

Firstly, the Daily Echo published on the 18th December 2014 that Richard Burbage had appeared in court charged with assaulting Lorraine Burbage, his wife. According to the Echo,


Of course he has denied this claim, but violence seems to run rampant in this family. In April 2014 a man calling himself Ed Walsh, and claiming to be Lorraine’s brother, threatened me via a comment on another blog post.

Living violent lifestyles never seems to end well and I can only hope the children haven’t been scarred for life.

Secondly, Patrick Knox from the Southern Daily Echo reported on 7th February that both Richard Burbage and Stan Rudgley have been arrested as part of a fraud probe and that a third man, possibly Ryan Overton has also been arrested.


Perhaps this bottom feeding waste of space and his oxygen thieving henchmen will finally face the music.

We can only hope.