MS Research Australia is honoured to be one of the chosen charities of the Count Charitable Foundation in 2016. Count is Australia’s largest network of accounting-based professional advisory firms.
Recently MS Research Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Miles spoke to over 60 of Count’s financial planners highlighting the importance of medical research across Australia. He spoke about MS Research Australia’s mission, to accelerate MS research toward the prevention, better treatments and a cure for MS.
He stressed the importance of private philanthropy globally and community giving directly to MS research, which plays an important part in funding critical MS research projects and also ensures that our best and brightest MS researchers are retained here in Australia.
Just recently, it has been reported in an ABC news article, the fact that around 80% of researchers are looking at either leaving research as a profession or moving overseas due to the reduction in government funding of research across Australia. Over the past few years, MS Research Australia has tried to address this problem and funded more MS research annually in Australia than the Federal government’s NHMRC’s MS research funding. However, it’s a constant battle to ensure adequate money goes in to MS research.
David Lane, CEO of the Count Charitable Foundation considers their donation a strong investment in MS research and the only way to successfully target the prevention, better treatment and to find a cure for MS.
Matthew said ‘I was honoured to be able to speak with the wonderful team at Count and receive the very generous donation of $10,000. We look forward to regularly reporting back to the Count Charitable Foundation on the impacts of their generosity and updating them on the associated latest research findings and developments.’
MS Research Australia would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Count Charitable Foundation, who previously donated $10,000 early this year and have continued to support MS research with this secondary very generous donation in October. It is only through the generous support of individuals, communities and organisations such as the Count Charitable Foundation, that MS Research Australia can continue funding the best MS research and fill the ever-widening void we have to support our Australian leading research minds.