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Fundraising in focus

12 December, 2019

I’m so thankful to be able to write this article for you today. In 2019, fundraising has reached new heights and this is because of you and supporters just like you.  You have made an enormous difference to the lives of people with MS.  Here are just a few of the fundraising highlights from the year …

The May 50K

In May this year over 9,200 people signed up for The May 50k to raise life changing funds for MS research.  Don’t tell anyone, but I initially thought around $500,000 would be raised.  Sometimes it’s just so wonderful to be wrong!  As you might know by now, the MS community well and truly stepped it up and raised a record breaking $2.1 million.  A wonderful example of supporters like you moving the dial on MS research.

Gifts in Wills

Leaving a gift in your Will to MS Research Australia is one of the most effective and enduring ways to express your deepest values, protect future generations and play a pivotal role in helping accelerate MS research both locally and globally.

Once again this year we were humbled by the thoughtful and generous actions of supporters who left a gift in their Will.  One such supporter Sally Anne, was motivated to leave a gift in her Will to MS Research Australia after watching her life-long friend battle with progressive MS over many, many years.  It was her firm belief that supporting research will end MS and her deeply held desire to help make sure others do not have to endure as her dear friend did.

Thousands of everyday Australians choose to support causes closest to them in this way. You don’t have to be wealthy. We are immensely grateful for any gift, no matter the size, as each one adds up and helps create a better future for people living with MS.

This year more than $380,000 was provided to MS Research Australia through gifts in Wills. Truly transformative, these legacies help ensure the next generation can realise a world where MS no longer has the power to interrupt and limit their lives.

We’re almost there but we simply can’t do it alone. Your legacy can be part of the solution to end MS.

Trusts and Foundations

Support from Trusts and Foundations to MS Research Australia has long played a role in increasing the funds available for MS research. The Trish MS Research Foundation and MS Research Australia have worked in partnership for many years and this year have together been able to fund a new Translational Research Grant
round. This was made possible as a direct result of the Trish MS Research Foundation receiving two gifts in Wills. Both The Trish MS Research Foundation and all of us here at MS Research Australia would like to acknowledge the thoughtfulness and generosity of both the Deputy Headmistress of Trish Langsford’s school, Ravenswood School for Girls, and Mia Polykarpou, an inspirational person who lived with MS, for their gifts. Special thanks to all of our Trust and Foundation partners, we are very appreciative of your ongoing support.

Thank you for taking a moment out of your day to hear about the wonderful achievements of the MS community. The fundraising team here at MS Research Australia will be back again next year, working tirelessly to make sure we can fund even more research in 2020 and beyond.

You can donate today by visiting our website donation page


Susan Williams

Head of Relationships, Fundraising and Development

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