Despite the hardships and challenges this year brought for all of us, you, our Kiss Goodbye to MS family showed incredible resilience, determination and commitment to helping us accelerate research into MS.
With your support, Kiss Goodbye to MS is celebrating its biggest year yet! Together you’ve raised a record-breaking $6.75 million for life-changing MS research – a huge achievement that will have a lasting impact on the lives of people living with MS. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
Let’s take a virtual walk down memory lane to reflect on your MS research achievements…
You tripled the funds raised in The May 50K 2019!
When thinking about The May 50K 2020, we’re still pinching ourselves. This year, over 26,500 Australians took on the challenge to run or walk 50km throughout May and fundraise for life-changing MS research. That is more people than the 25,600 Australians living with MS! You ran, walked, cycled and arm cranked over 50 laps around the world, and raised a gobsmacking $6.6 million to leave MS behind us.
Your astonishing efforts enabled MS Research Australia to fund project extensions for our most vulnerable researchers, whose invaluable work was affected by COVID-19. This vital funding lifeline has secured the completion of important MS investigations, all thanks to you.
You inspired the world – the movement went global!
Following last year’s success of The May 50K in Australia, you inspired our global colleagues from the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) to pilot The May 50K across the UK, Canada, Ireland and the US. The challenge saw over 13,000 people leave their limits behind, raising a collective $1.25 million for essential MS research and access to treatment – a huge accomplishment!
In less than two years, you’ve raised a breathtaking $9.98 million across 5 countries in The May 50K. We can’t wait to watch our Aussie born movement continue to grow globally, as part of the worldwide efforts to solve MS.
You welcomed Fraser Island as a domestic adventure!
With international travel on hold for the foreseeable future, we had to postpone the Kiss Goodbye to MS Tuscany Trek to 2021. Instead, we are exploring our Aussie backyard and launched our domestic fundraising adventure to Fraser Island in 2021!
A team of like-minded adventurers will join the challenge to walk 50km across the world’s largest sand island for five days in September 2021. Together, you’ll discover the diversity of Fraser Island, ranging from rainforests and gorges to lakes and beaches, whilst raising funds to power MS research.
Our determined Kiss Goodbye to MS Tuscany team also continued to soldier on, with over $21,131 raised so far as they prepare for the 100km trek in late 2021!
There’s a limited number of spots left on both adventures. If you’d like to make your travel dreams a reality and help us Kiss Goodbye to MS, get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are changing lives!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for continuing to pour your heart, love and energy into funding life-changing MS research. We see and appreciate every one of you and your tireless efforts to change lives. Thank you for everything you do.
Whether you participated in The May 50K, bravely shaved your head, set yourself a fitness challenge, held a birthday fundraiser, purchased our merchandise or followed us on social media – you are the heroes behind Kiss Goodbye to MS!
2020 will undoubtedly mark an unforgettable year in history. But for us, it’s not because of COVID-19. It’s because of the incredible passion and resilience you have shown during these unprecedented times. You are determined to leave MS behind for good – and together we will!
Bring on 2021, we can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for MS research!