Magic Mel

I'm staying in bed all day to cure mito!

On Friday 22 May, I’m taking part in Stay In Bed Day to support Australians living with mitochondrial disease (mito).

I’m challenging myself to stay in bed ALL DAY… it won’t be easy (gulp).

Why am I doing this? Because for too many people living with this disease, finding the energy to get out of bed is a daily struggle.

A few years ago I struggled to get out of bed when I had chronic fatigue and adrenal fatigue. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, having a shower, washing my hair and cooking food were really challenging tasks for me. 

I just didn’t have the energy and my immune system was compromised. It was a nightmare so I can’t imagine what it’s like for an active kid 🧒🏽. 

Mito robs the body’s cells of energy, causing multiple organ dysfunction or failure. It affects one child born in Australia each week. That’s 50 Aussie kids every year.

And right now, mito patients are among the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis as their ability to fight infection is extremely limited.

So I’m asking for your support…

Please sponsor me in Stay In Bed Day and support my challenge to provide vital support services and fund research to help people living with mito.

You’ll receive a tax-deductible receipt for tax time (June 30 is not far away).

Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart ❤️. I will do Facebook lives and photos all day on Friday of me in bed 🛌, so make sure you are watching. 

Thank you to my Sponsors


Mel Duke


Gerard Weilche


Katie D

Great thing you are doing Mel! All the best with not wetting the bed today ;) Love The Pinto’s


Gina Mitchell

Hey Mel, well done with the video and fundraising. Gina xx 💕




Lynn Hopgood


Connie Yeung

Keep up your good spirit! Connie


Iva Vycichlova

Here is few $$$ so you can go and have 4 toilet breaks :-) Good luck! Xx


Sue Voegt

You can now get out of bed and go to the toilet 😂🙌🤸‍♀️


Vladi Hristov

Good luck my friend 😊



Good luck Mel. What a beautiful initiative.