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‘Pedal for a Purpose’ in Rochester

The inaugural ‘Pedal for a Purpose’ will be held in Rochester. The event is to raise funds and awareness for MS Australia.

GRAHAM WILLIS September 2, 2014 3:34am

The inaugural ‘Pedal for a Purpose’ will be held in Rochester in November to raise funds and awareness for MS Australia.

The event is the brainchild of Lockington resident Colleen Curran and three of her children, diagnosed with the disease, Kate and Matthew Curran, and Jacinta Woolfe.

‘‘The main concept behind the event is to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis and to educate people about living with MS,’’ Kate said.

People can either ride three routes (30km, 50km 100km) or walk (5km, 10km), all leaving from the front lawn of the Rochester and Elmore District Health Service.

REDHS chief executive Anne McEvoy said the organisation was supporting the cause.

‘‘I would urge as many people as possible to either participate in, or sponsor, the event,’’ she said.

Already several businesses and firms have come on board to sponsor, while individuals could sponsor riders or walkers according to the distance covered.

The event coincides with Rochester’s Kidzcapers, which will allow riders to take part in the Pedal for a Purpose in the morning and attend Kidzcapers after the event.

MS is a disease of the central nervous system, interfering with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.

It is characterised by sclerosis, a Greek word meaning scars and these scars occur within the central nervous system and depending on where they develop, manifest into various symptoms.

MS is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system with more than 23,000 people living with the disease in Australia and more than two million diagnosed worldwide.

There is currently no known cure for MS however there are several treatment options available to help manage symptoms.

For information on the Pedal for a Purpose, contact Colleen on 0458868437, Kate on 0458800092 or email pedal4ms@gmail.com

People can also register online at www.pedal4ms.com.au

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