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MSWA Bulletin Magazine Winter 2023

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OUR COMMUNITY STEPPING UP TO THE CHALLENGE FOR MSWA Scan for the full gallery Commonwealth Bank representatives Karen and Adrian present their generous donation to MSWA Chief Marketing Officer Tony Millar. The Ruggiero Foundation, our 2023 highest fundraising team. The 2023 MSWA Step Up - Powered by Commonwealth Bank event was a great success, with over 800 participants and 3,885 raised for people living with neurological conditions. The event, held in the Central Park Building, saw participants climbing the steps of Perth’s tallest building. The atmosphere on the day was electric, with families, friends and colleagues cheering on their loved ones as they took on the challenge. Our top fundraisers were recognised on the day, with top individual fundraiser, Nicholas Ruggiero, raising an impressive ,675, assisting his team – the Ruggiero Foundation – to also claim the highest fundraising team title, raising over ,000. Colin Ottaway took out the most steps climbed with a huge 24 climbs – that's over 24,000 steps! TURNING CURLS INTO CASH FOR MSWA There is nothing hairdresser Shenae Wilson won’t do for her friends, especially when it comes to one of her best friends, Cherone, who lives with MS. In May, Shanae transformed her Wangara salon into a fundraising hub – offering patrons blow outs and hair styling services, with 100% of the proceeds donated to MSWA. “Cherone was diagnosed around 15 years ago, but thanks to MSWA and all of the money they have invested in research, the treatment she receives means she lives a pretty normal life,” Shenae said. Shenae’s support continued on into June, where she and her husband Travis climbed the Central Park tower in the Step Up for MSWA event. “I did the double up, my husband did the multi climb eight times and my girlfriend did it three times. I’m obviously the most unfit one, because the second time was hard enough!” she laughed. We also must give a special mention to our very own MSWA staff In all, Shenae raised 25 through member and Client Tracey Hockey, who with the support of her son, her salon fundraiser and almost Keenlan, took to the stairs five times! another 00 with her husband The event would not have been possible without the support for Step Up. of our sponsors and volunteers, including Commonwealth “Just get involved – it helps so Bank and Central Park. We are grateful for their ongoing many people and it’s always great commitment to supporting West Australians living with to support a cause, so why not neurological conditions. choose something that means Overall, the 2023 MSWA Step Up – Powered by Commonwealth something to you and make a Bank event was a fantastic day, filled with inspiration, challenge and difference?” Shenae said. community spirit. “I have seen firsthand the We thank all participants, volunteers and sponsors for making it such difference MSWA’s investment in a success! research has made and how they help people living with MS live DANNIELLE MCCONNELL Colin Ottoway on his MSWA Client and staff member Tracey MSWA SENIOR EVENT COORDINATOR longer and fuller lives.” 26 way to 24 climbs! Hockey with her son, Keenlan. 27