Freefalling to Raise Research Funds

20 February, 2020

Every day we’re thankful to the MS community – dedicated supporters like you. Dedicated supporters like Maureen, who for her 80th birthday jumped out of a plane to fundraise for Kiss Goodbye to MS!

Maureen Hillman was inspired to support MS Research Australia after hearing a fellow church member talk about his fundraiser in memory of a friend who had lived with MS. From that point on, Maureen wanted to learn more. She wanted to help however she could.

She’s since met several people living with MS and listened to their stories.

“Having seen and spoken to a few people living with MS, I want to do whatever little bit I can to aid research.”

Maureen’s certainly not alone. Over 7 million people in Australia know someone living with MS. And the sentiment of those who support us is always the same – ‘I want to make sure no one else goes through this.’

More recently, her desire to help others led to her decision to leave a gift to MS Research Australia in her Will.

Encouraged by the progress already made in MS research, Maureen wanted to ensure this continues. She wanted to provide a future where the secrets of MS have been unlocked. And she knows that powering medical research is the only way to discover the causes of MS and find a cure.

Asked what she’d say to someone considering such a generous gift, Maureen told us, “Do it – don’t hesitate – do it. There is so much satisfaction aiding someone in this world and I’m sure people living with MS get great comfort knowing the work that is being done on their behalf.”

Over the last 15 years, generous donations and gifts in Wills have enabled us to fund MS research and keep the momentum of breakthroughs and discoveries going. The number of available treatments for people living with MS has increased six-fold and we understand more about MS than ever before. Maureen made this happen. You made this happen. We simply can’t do what we do without the support of the MS community, so we thank you.

If you’d like to understand more about how to make a gift in your Will, please feel free to reach out to our friendly Gifts in Wills team. You can reach Nicki Grant, Gift in Wills manager, during business hours on 02 8413 7927 or via

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