Meet some of our fabulous fundraisers and read about how they raised funds and why.

An amazing friend

"I feel fortunate to have support from my family and friends. In particular, I feel overwhelming gratitude towards my sister-in-law, Amy, who ran a full marathon in Queenstown to raise awareness and over $2700 for Multiple Sclerosis. This took intense training, injury rehabilitation and immense determination during the race when she was also unwell. To complete the race took pure grit. Cheering her on was a privilege – and to my pleasant surprise, it was reported to be the highlight of my young children’s trip to beautiful Queenstown. I appreciate all the generous donations from my extended circle of friends and their colleagues. This funding will certainly help toward further Multiple Sclerosis research and community support.

Having loving, understanding people like Amy to provide both emotional and practical support gives hope that I can cope with any curveballs Multiple Sclerosis throws at me. As I know through my clinical psychology research, this connection is the most important element contributing to happiness and life satisfaction.

Thank you to all those caregivers and friends who support us.

We are not alone" Sarah

Rach's sea to sky for MS

Aware of the shortage of funding for people with Multiple Sclerosis, Rachael decided to raise funds to support those in need.

One of the many MS symptoms is fatigue, so Rachael decided to push her body to its limit and completed the 2019 Christchurch Sea to Sky triathlon raising an impressive $2,097.82

Kate walks Marathon

Kate’s friend and colleague Nardia has MS and despite the pain and challenges that she faces, always retains her positivity and continues to care for others. Kate knew how Nardia valued the help and support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand so decided to support them by raising money as part of her participation in Rotorua Marathon 2019.

Kate supported by her hubby raised a fantastic $2,269.65

Simon walked 4265km

In 2018 Simon hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) starting on the USA/Mexico border and finishing 5 months and 4265km (2650mi) later on the USA/Canada border. 

"My goal throughout this journey is not only to raise money, but also raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis. End discrimination, and show people that MS doesn't sentance peolpe to a life of immobility."

This journey for Simon was a life changing experience where he raised a staggering $2380.00

Aileen - London Marathon

When retired Aileen discovered competitive race walking, she entered the Wellington Around The Bays Half Marathon many times. This inspired her to complete the London Marathon to raise awareness and funds for Multiple Sclerosis Society, her way of helping two relatives in the UK with MS.

Aileen walked the 2017 London Marathon in 5 hours 29 minutes at the age of 72 and raised an impressive $4100

Cherie's stunning morning tea

“My beautiful mum was diagnosed with the disease over 20 years ago, yet manages to stay active in the community and extremely positive despite her disability.

“There’s no point in worrying about things you can’t change” is Mums go to saying.  Witnessing her determination and courage when faced with a challenge has taught me the true power of mental strength. She is an absolute inspiration in my life and I wouldn’t be who I am without her today."

Cherie's tasty morning tea rasied a tasty $2380.30

Kathy's park picnic 

A fun fundraising picnic followed by a walk and talk at the beautiful Trentham Memorial Park in Upper Hutt. Invitations encouraged people to bring themselves, their children, and their dogs for an afternoon of gentle exercise and socialising.

With fantastic weather they raised a fabulous $1070.00