Passion propels MS fundraiser
Posted 17 Mar 2017
Australian Home Care Services Support Worker, Karen Leccese and her family have raised over $14,000 for MS Australia since Karen’s husband Vince was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2012.
When Karen’s husband Vince was diagnosed with the condition in 2012, Karen says she was struck by the support available from MS Australia.
Shortly afterwards, Karen discovered all the fundraising options available to support MS Australia and has been raising funds with a passion ever since.
“In the first year after Vince’s diagnosis, we did both the walk and the fun run. We’ve done the cycle every year since 2013.”
Karen’s drive to raise funds is now shared by the extended Leccese clan, with more family and friends joining the fundraising drive each year.
“In 2016, our grand-daughter joined us, aged just eight. She was on a little tandem bike attached to her Dad’s bike and completed 30km,” Karen says proudly.
Not content with participating in the official MS fundraising events alone, Karen says the family, including Vince, their daughter and grand-daughter, as well as their sons, also stage fundraising BBQs at Bunnings and other retailers.
“In 2014-15, we were among the top 100 fundraisers for MS Australia. In 2016, we were among the top 50,” Karen says.
Already this year, Karen’s team is the 9th highest fundraising group from among 100 Melbourne-based teams. But Karen says it’s all about MS: “Raising much-needed funds for MS awareness is very important to us.”
If you’d like to support Karen’s fundraising efforts, you can purchase this year’s Entertainment Book for great discounts on everything you love to do, via: https://lnkd.in/gP7BwsR
Or if you’re interested in joining Karen’s cycle team, either this year or in the future, you can find all the details here: http://www.msmelbournecycle.org.au/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=4110