City Workers See Red for Charity

2 March 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

City Workers See Red for Charity

Brisbane, Queensland

BRISBANE workers braving the early morning rush hour are being warned they’ll be seeing red – and it won’t be of the rage fuelled variety. Hundreds of students will be out in force on Friday March 6th to sell red bows and round up donations for Muscular Dystrophy Queensland.

All Hallows School Year 11 students will descend on Brisbane’s CBD in a bid to raise more than $15,000 in just two hours before the first bell goes and they’re due in class. Their support has raised over $230,000 for this worthy charity, helping families throughout the state who live with muscular dystrophy and other forms of neuromuscular disease. Continuing a tradition that began in 1994, the girls vie to increase the amount raised by students of the previous year.

Supporters from all over Queensland are ‘hosting morning teas for muscular dystrophy’ in their homes and workplaces – each host striving to raise greater awareness of this rare condition, as well as funds, so essential to support services for today and bring hope for tomorrow in the search for a cure.

Muscular Dystrophy Queensland’s CEO, Helene Frayne said, “We’re very grateful to all those raising funds in their community but particularly to the All Hallows girls, who so enthusiastically encourage so many City goers to give generously. Past proceeds have ensured children and adults throughout our State have access to services that significantly improve the quality of their lives.

“Because of wonderful support like this, each morning more than 200 Queenslanders wake up in an electric adjustable bed provided and maintained by Muscular Dystrophy Queensland. Each day they use electric wheelchairs modified to suit their individual needs, so many are able to play valued roles in their communities and experience their lives to the fullest potential.

“Muscular Dystrophy Queensland is not just there for people living with and dying from this devastating, progressive disease, we support families and carers who also struggle with its effects on the whole family unit. The red bow appeal which runs throughout March, is our most important fundraiser of the year.”

There are 4,500 Queenslanders living with a form this incurable, progressive disease. Each year another 40 families receive the heartbreaking news that the disease has appeared in their family. You can show your support by buying a bow on red bow day, making a donation or ‘hosting a morning tea for muscular dystrophy’ this March!

Contacts:

Celeste Baker, Fundraising Coordinator

M: 0415 486 052

E: celeste@mdqld.org.au

 

Penny Deavin, Communications Coordinator

M: 0457 058 159

E: pennyd@mdlqd.org.au

 

Muscular Dystrophy Queensland

1149 Sandgate Rd, Nundah Qld 4012

T: 07 3243 9700 F: 07 3123 9700