Fundraiser for friendship

20th August 2021

Ashley has seen how MS can have an impact on someone’s life, through her good friend Collette. In almost ten years of friendship, Ashley has witnessed her friend go through some of the ups and downs of living MS as a working mum. Her friend’s experience inspired Ashley to organise a fundraising event to raise vital funds for the MS Society SA & NT.

Collette didn’t realise that simply confiding in a friend about the challenges of MS on a particularly hard day would result in Ashley taking action.

Ashley says, “Sometimes you kind of listen, but you don’t really listen, to your friends and what they do go through.”

Her first thought was to do something to make Collette feel special and show her that people care. And what better way to do that than to fundraise for MS services that can help to improve the lives of Collette and others like her.

Within just a few weeks they had found a venue, sponsors and entertainment and were putting on a fundraising event for 60 guests! Guests were treated to a dinner at a local café restaurant, games, raffles with prizes donated by local businesses and salsa dancers providing entertainment.

Ashley says it was a great night and everyone had a lot of fun. They raised an incredible $4,000 for the MS Society and Collette was overwhelmed and so excited by all the support they received.

“We got emotional, we cried a bit and we laughed a lot. That’s what it was all about just to make her feel a little bit special,” Ashley says.

“It’s good that we raised money but it’s also to just let people know that you’re not alone in these things and your friends are here.”

Team MS is the MS Society’s community fundraising program. A few of the ways our Team MS community fundraisers have raised funds are by holding events, running a birthday fundraiser on their Facebook page, fundraising with their sporting club, or having a morning tea in their workplace.

You can become a Team MS community fundraiser like Ashley at

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Fundraiser for friendship