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Celebrating 10 years

Next 21 article - F5m Updates

1st December, 2010

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WOW! Thank you all for your events, big and small; F5m has now made it past $4 million in valuable contributions towards MS research. We celebrate and salute you all – those who cycled, ran, walked, opened their homes, organised balls, dressed up, played music or cheered. You have done something remarkable and have played your part in funding MS research. Here are a few of the events that have helped us get to the $4mill this year.


 In 2010 MS 1000, Mudgee2Sydney walk, the CharityWorks for MS ball and the Trish MS Research Foundation ball were events so major and so valuable in our fight for a cure.

We like to think you know this already but huge thanks go to Lina Marrocco and her CharityWorks for MS team, Carol and Roy Langsford, Cory Pearce and family, Mike & Katrina Hemingway and Liz Melchoir. These events are significant in every way, the fraternity they display and the incredible amount (a total of $511,000) raised. The organisation and outcomes leave such an emotional imprint on all of us.

 But all events are important – that way we see how things add up. In Brisbane, Canapes & Canvas raised $16,000 and over five years the dynamic group has topped $100,000 for F5m. This year’s event was held at the Rugby Club at Riverside with 260 ladies enjoying a spring lunch. They deserve

the smiles of pride and delight on their faces.

We cannot leave this page without honouring the late Ian Ballard whose idea it was that family and friends of People with MS could raise $5 million. While we feel he would be pleased about the $4 million milestone, he would be quick to say… there’s still more to be done! 



 Miles for myelin


 Some Australian MS researchers and friends in January 2011 will be participating in the community ride of the Tour Down Under. They will ride from Norwood to Strathalbyn, 135km. Chief organiser, Dr Mark Slee, a neurologist at Flinders University, has encouraged other researchers to join him in his fundraising efforts for MS research. ‘What started on a whim has really taken shape,’ said Dr Slee.

To show support and support Dr Slee or one of the other researchers in their Miles for Myelin quest please visit

Work Place Giving

Did you know that there is a way to give that makes your donation work harder? – workplace giving. Through workplace giving, your donation goes straight from your pay to the chosen charity – an instant tax deduction. It is hassle free and keeps costs low, so more of your money goes where it is needed most. Ask your employer about workplace giving or call F5m on 1300 356 467.

Quit for MS

Do you need encouragement to keep your New Year's resolution? or quit a bad habit? If so jump online and register at 

Quit for MS is part of the Quit for a Cause online fundraising campaign established by GoFundraise. All Quit for MS proceeds go to F5m and MS research. Register to quit anything, from smoking or drinking to chocolates or coffee. Ask your family and friends to show support by sponsoring you. It might just be the motivation you need!

Log on to to register and see what some of our other quitters have given up for a good cause. 

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