Oceans of support for fundraiser

From left: Michael Luca with his brother Rob [NAMES OK]
From left: Michael Luca with his brother Rob [NAMES OK]

The 23-year-old was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the start of the year and along with his ‘No MSing Around’ teammates is hoping to raise $50,000 for the MS Society of WA.

Having raised $30,000 already, the graduate contracts administrator thinks they are well on their way.

‘We wanted to raise awareness of MS as well raise as much money as we possibly could to give something to the MS Society of WA,’ he said.

‘We originally set ourselves the objective of raising $20,000 but we had a great response from friends, family and corporate donations and reached that objective relatively early in the piece.

‘We’ve reassessed the situation and set ourselves the challenging target of $50,000; it’s optimistic but I think it’s definitely achievable.

‘As it stands we’ve been the most successful team that has ever fundraised for the Ocean Ride for MS and that’s something the team and I are quite proud of.’

Mr Luca said things were tough after the initial diagnosis though support from family, friends and MS Society of WA had helped.

‘I’m learning more and more each day on how to manage my condition so progressively it is improving,’ he said. ‘Exercise is something that is really encouraged and I definitely feel better afterwards when breaking a sweat.

‘I find that when I exercise it gives me so much more energy throughout my day as it enables me to stay more focused and alert with my job as well as making a happier person.

‘It’s all about finding the right balance between work, social life, exercise and me time.’

To find out more about the team’s upcoming fundraising events, visit facebook.com/ NoMSingAround.MSWA or donate at mswaevents.org.au/ Ocean-Ride-4-MS/No+MSing|+Around.

Belinda Cipriano