Published in The Ararat Advocate, Ararat's weekly newspaper published by West Vic News Pty Ltd.
ARARAT Physiotherapy and Health staff are donning their walking shoes this month for the May 50k fundraiser.
The health service is raising funds to accelerate research into multiple sclerosis, having seen the impact it has on the lives of many people who walk through the clinic’s doors.
Ararat Physiotherapy and Health’s Hannah McLean said their ten staff members are all taking part.
“This is the first year that we have done it and we're doing it as a whole clinic, which is exciting,” she said.
“We have got a few regulars [with MS] that come into the clinic, and chatting to a few of them, they're so excited that someone's working to get some information out there.”
Ms McLean said the service is hoping to raise $1,000 through online donations and the purchase of raffle tickets at their Vincent St clinic.
“We're hoping with the raffle and a few extra little donations as we go through May, we might hit that $1,000 mark.”
The raffle prizes include coffee and cake vouchers from Fred & Bet's, wine from Grampians Estate and vouchers for Ararat Physiotherapy and Health.
So far, more than $500 has been raised from donations alone but Ms McLean said that the conversations started are just as crucial.
“People are really appreciative that someone's making the effort to make a change to MS and to get the word out, not only for a little bit of money, but also to promote some understanding.”
Raffle tickets are $2 each and can be purchased at 53 Vincent St. Winners will be drawn at the end of the month and all funds raised will be added to the service’s tally.
Online donations can be made by visiting themay50k.org/fundraisers/araratphysiotherapyandhealthservices