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In 2015, aged 58, I was diagnosed with terminal Motor Neurone Disease and was ‘given’ 2 to 5 years.  MND has no known cause, no effective treatment and there is no cure. It attacks the limbs, breathing and swallowing of its victims but leaves the mind intact. Predictably I went through all the typical stages from denial through to anger and finally, acceptance. I reflected on the many things I achieved in my lifetime, from my humble beginnings as a motor mechanic to being a successful CEO of multi-million dollar companies and, more importantly, a father and husband. My creed has always been to make the best of the hand that you have been dealt, hence my decision to leave a legacy for my children and future grandchildren in the form of the FAT RABBIT series. One regret is that I will not grow old with my future grandchildren nor be able to share with them the stories my own children grew up with. My voice is already deteriorating and will shortly go forever. Hence Fat Rabbit moves from aural history to written. Through him my voice will go on forever. I hope you enjoy the series and the knowledge that funds raised will go towards Motor Neurone research. Enough rabbiting on…


Wayne Patterson

FAIM Lifetime Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management

MBA Master Business Administration

Bachelor of Business

Diploma Accounting

A Grade Motor Mechanic


Fat Rabbit is a character I created in my own childhood. He was a simple line drawing who started out on the inside of my wardrobe door at home.  At his core he represents a set of family values and a warm loving presence. He lives on Carrot Top Island and in the hearts of those I leave behind.

Who better to be my voice?