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MS Angels

The MS Angels are a select gathering of well-connected women from the business community, dedicated to helping MS research in Australia and donating their time and funds in a way that allows them to network with other interesting women.

The MS Angels were founded in late 2008 by two Sydney business women who each have a sibling with MS and were looking to make more than the usual contribution to MS research.  The challenges facing corporate women also spurred the idea of recruiting an exclusive and diverse group of fabulous corporate women – current and future leaders – who could contribute to MS research and also work together to build a quality women’s network.

MS Angels groups now operate in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane and include both well-known current female business leaders and also future female business leaders in current management positions.

Underlying the MS Angels concept is the fact that MS is a disease that commonly impacts women in their early 30s, just when their family life and career may be blossoming – so it is a cause that warrants support from well-connected women to both fund research and raise awareness amongst colleagues, friends and families.

In order to support MS research each Angel makes a donation of $2,000 per year (either via their company or as a personal donation), which is collectively invested in a research project (chosen by each group) that will make a real contribution to solving MS.

Since inception the MS Angels have raised over $800,000 in seed funding towards cutting-edge MS research projects.

Socially, each MS Angels’ group meets for a series of six exclusive events over 12 months, with special invited guest speakers, to get to know each other and develop their networks in a meaningful and enjoyable way. All venues and catering are provided by corporate sponsors and speakers provide their services pro bono, meaning that all funds raised by the MS Angels go directly to the MS research where it is most needed.

Speakers at MS Angels events have included:

  • Elizabeth Broderick, Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner
  • Simon McKeon, 2011 Australian of the Year and Patron, MS Research Australia
  • Tania de Jong, soprano and social entrepreneur
  • The Hon. Kate Lundy, Senator for the ACT
  • Justice Annabelle Bennett, Chair, National Health & Medical Research Council
  • Professor Gillian Triggs, President, Australian Human Rights Commission

To find out more please contact our MS Angels Coordinator on 1300 356 467 or enquiries@msra.org.au.

Our current MS Angels include senior women from the following companies:

AHJ & Associates Medibank
Appen Microsoft
Ashurst NAB
Australian Government Dept of Health Nerlich Lawyers
Australian Government Dept of HS Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Bank of Queensland OnePath Superannuation & Funds Management
Bayside Marine Services Perpetual Equities Investment Company
Bridging Policy and Practice Primary Health Care
Brookfield Princess Alexandra Hospital
BT Funds Management PwC
Bupa Qsuper
Burnet Institute Quay Communications
Cube Public Relations RocheCooper Services
DLA Piper Securities Exchange Guarentee Corporation
EBM Insurance Brokers SJB Architects
First Samuel Spinal Injuries Association
Fisheries Research and Development Corporation State Street Global Advisors
Future Fund

Statistical Edge

FutureBuzz Stratagem Design Solutions
Griffith Hack Sydney Swans Limited
Hawaiin Air Teddington Legal
IBM Telstra Health
Indigenous Business Australia The Sydney Institute
Jing Meridian Advisory University of Canberra
King Irving Victorian Government Dept of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources
KPMG Westpac
Leighton Holdings William Angliss Institute
Leukaemia Foundation Windsor Recruitment
Macquarie Group  
Macquarie Wealth Management  
Maddocks  
Mainstream Aquaculture Group