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I was inspired to leave a gift in my Will to MS Research Australia because if I can make a positive difference to another person with MS, and to the world at large, then my mission is accomplished. Ultimately, I hope we can predict MS before it happens. – Meg McIntyre

If you want to create a future where no person’s choices, freedom, or quality of life are reduced by multiple sclerosis (MS), please consider a gift to MS Research Australia in your Will.

Medical research has been behind every major improvement in the health of people with MS. It’s resulted in more treatments, better quality of life for more people, and the very real prospect of a cure.

A gift in your Will to MS Research Australia – the largest charity focused on accelerating MS research breakthroughs – will change lives and help end MS.

You’ll build on the advances already made by investment in MS medical research. You’ll give people back their control and choice in life.

You will speed up the pace of research-led breakthroughs so we can:

  • Treat every person living with MS
  • Stop the progress of MS
  • Reverse and give back what people have lost
  • Prevent MS
  • Find a cure.

By including MS Research Australia in your Will, you will build on the progress that medical research has already made, and create a future when MS no longer has power over lives.

Would you like a copy of our Gifts in Wills brochure?

Simply email Janene Gontier, our Gifts in Wills Manager, who will post one out to you with our compliments.

Do you have the correct details?

If you already have included MS Research Australia in your Will, or you are thinking about doing it soon, it’s important to use the full, correct title of the charity.

It is: Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia Limited (ABN: 34 008 581 431)

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Simply submit your details below to download a copy of our Gifts in Wills brochure.

When I was diagnosed with MS, there were no treatments available. Nothing. I just had to let the disease run its natural course. Today there are all kinds of drugs that can help. That progress gives me hope that one day researchers will find a cure. I want my gift to play a part in that. – Pearl Champion


Your gift will change the lives of people like Lauren and Bailey.

Lauren discovered she had MS when she was only 25.

Lauren’s body did not tolerate treatment very well. Doctors tried one option after the next. Some had distressing side effects, and Lauren became worried her fertility would be affected. She was devastated.

“It was all I’d ever wanted – ever since I was a kid in kindergarten and the teacher asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up: I said, ‘a mum’.”

But Lauren was determined MS wouldn’t take away her dream. She made the bold step of starting IVF.

Lauren now has a beautiful baby boy named Bailey. But she’s still living with MS, so uncertainty about her future (and Bailey’s) is a large part of her life.

There is a worrying increase in the number of young women being diagnosed with MS every year. Your gift can help find new treatments and cures – and give them back their choices in life.

You will fuel breakthrough MS research like Steven’s.

MS is personal for researcher, Dr Steven Petratos:

“I have always promised myself that I will never give up investigating the devastating disease that my grandfather lived with for most of his life,” he says.

With the support of MS Research Australia, Steven has made several globally-significant discoveries. He is one of many brilliant Australian scientists working to unlock the secrets of MS.

Here’s what a gift in your Will – no matter how big or small – will do:

  • Help researchers make the next big breakthrough
  • Provide seed funding for the most innovative scientific ideas
  • Fund clinical trials to save lives now, and pave the way for better treatments in the future
  • Support research into better care for people living with MS
  • Enable worldwide research collaborations that bring benefits back to Australians
  • Provide scholarships to the brightest up-and-coming researchers, with the freshest thinking

Every year, MS Research Australia receives many excellent MS research applications which we can’t fully fund. Your gift will mean more research will receive full funding – and lead to a cure for MS sooner.

Some Gift in Will questions people ask us. And the answers!

Here are some common questions and answers about that process:

Is it expensive or difficult to include MS Research Australia in my Will?
Not at all. If you already have a Will, you simply need to get in touch with your solicitor and include an extra sentence about your gift. And if you’d like any help with the wording, or have questions about how to update your Will, we’re happy to help.

Can I change my existing Will to include you?
Absolutely. Updating your Will to include a gift to MS Research Australia is quick and inexpensive. Though we recommend you use a solicitor to do so.

Can I look after my family and still include a gift to MS Research Australia?
Of course – your family should always be your priority. For that reason, we recommend leaving a ‘residual gift’. This kind of gift is the remainder of your estate (or a percentage of it) after your family has been taken care of and all expenses have been deducted. Many people also choose to leave a percentage of their estate. So if you leave 1% to MS Research Australia, your family will still receive the remaining 99%.

Is there a minimum amount I can leave?
Every gift will make a difference, and the amount you choose to leave is completely up to you. If you’d rather not commit to a dollar-amount, you can simply leave a percentage of your estate. Many of our supporters choose to leave 3%.

Vital things to do when making or changing your Will:

  1. Use a solicitor to make sure things are exactly as you want them
  2. Include the correct details so your gift goes to:
    Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (ABN: 34 008 581 431)
  3. If you are thinking about changing or making a Will now (during the COVID-19 period), many solicitors are available for a telephone or video consultation to get you started

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Do you have questions?

Would you like a confidential chat or a free brochure?
Janene Gontier will be happy to help you.

Call her on 02 8413 7927 or 1300 356 467 during business hours or email giftsinwills@msra.org.au

Relevant News

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16 February, 2021

By leaving a gift in her Will to MS Research Australia, Pearl is changing the world for people with MS. Read more to find out how you can leave a gift.

14 September, 2020

During Include a Charity week, we celebrated the wonderful supporters who generously chose to leave gifts in their wills for MS Research Australia.

18 August, 2020

Margaret is honoring her sister Helen's memory by powering research through a gift in her Will.

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