IHMRI once again a supporting partner of the MS Wellness Run in Wollongong

IHMRI was once again proud to be a supporting partner in the MS Wellness Run in conjunction with the MS Sydney to Gong Ride on 3 November. The event raises money and awareness to support those living with the disease. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease that affects the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves) and directly or indirectly impacts 1 in 3 Australians.

Team IHMRI joined over 800 competitors in the MS Wellness Run taking part in the 5km and 10km events. Clare Atkinson, Aiden Johnson and Di Ly took on the 10km course and Lezanne Ooi and Joanna Harrison tackled the 5km. Rocio Finol Urdaneta and Jeff McArthur conquered the immense challenge of the Sydney to Gong ride – 82 kms! Huge congratulations!

The IHMRI stand was jam packed with activities for people to get involved in. IHMRI’s Rachelle Balez was face painting nonstop from 9am until 12pm! Over 200 participants came to get their blood pressure checked, 60 healthy hummus and veggie snacks were eaten and IHMRI merchandise was flying off the table.

Special thanks

IHMRI would like to thank all the volunteers who helped make this day such a success with a special mention to staff from the Commonwealth Bank, Shellharbour branch.

IHMRI volunteers

  • Rachelle Balez
  • Kim Bloomfield
  • Joanna Harrison
  • Diane Ly
  • Julie Ferguson
  • Neave Ferguson
  • Mia McMurtrie
  • Aiden Johnson
  • Clare Atkinson
  • Kelly Newell
  • Rocio Finol Urdaneta
  • Jeff McArthur

Commonwealth Bank Shellharbour Branch

  • Tanya Vasilevski
  • Sara De Franceschi
  • Jaime Nutter
  • Anne Spaccenvto
  • Ruby Foster
  • Suzi Kajmakovska
  • Michali Tsalidis
  • Kiley Fielding

UOW Students/staff

  • Bryce Humphries
  • Georgina Williams
  • Jayden McKinnon
  • Matthew Bongardino
  • Vivienne Guan
  • Catherine Stephen


Kate Brett, Community Engagement and Events Coordinator

t: 4221 5927

e: katebrett@ihmri.org.au

Image Gallery Photos by Alex Pike

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