Donna, Martha and Michelle Walk Run + Roll for MS Awareness

DATE: 7 June 2022

With the sun shining down this past Sunday 29 May, it was the perfect setting for this years MS Walk, Run + Roll event — where we had Yooralla client Donna and employees Martha and Michelle participating in the 5km walk around Albert Park Lake.

The crowd was abuzz with chatter and the background of music to pump them up before they begun their walk around the picturesque track.

This event was a long time coming for client Donna, whose goal of completing the Melbourne Marathon’s 3km walk in December 2021 was thwarted by the COVID-19 pandemic and a requirement to isolate.

Never one to give up, this lit a fire in Donna’s belly, as she set her sights on the next big event – the MS Walk, Run + Roll.

“I am so excited because I missed out on the Melbourne Marathon last year as I had to isolate. I had been waiting a long time for this! And this was a new event for me,” Donna said.

This was also the first time participating in this event for Martha and Michelle.

“Michelle and I participated to continue our health and wellbeing promise to ourselves and as a team, and in the process be able to support a good cause and have some fun in the process,” Martha said.

The ladies took to the track, enjoying the sunshine and atmosphere before crossing the finish line.

Donna completed most of the 5km walk in her power wheelchair, finishing the last 400m of the event in her walker. After being told in her early life that she would never walk, walking over the finish line at an event like the MS Walk, Run + Roll meant a lot to her.

“It felt fantastic! All my training has paid off and I am really proud of myself,” she said.

Not one to slow down, Donna already has her sights set on the next event. “Next step is the Melbourne Marathon festival. This will be the third time I have done it!” Donna said.

With the ladies from the Operations Admin team also taking part in other charity walks in Melbourne, including the Mother’s Day Classic, we’re sure they could be swayed to participate in the Melbourne Marathon festival, alongside Donna!

Donna, Martha and Michelle are still accepting donations for their walks, to raise awareness and funding for MS research.

To donate to Donna’s walk, please contact Donna’s Service Manager, Karen Chatwin on 03 9899 8766 or karen.chatwin@yooralla.com.au.

To donate to Martha or Michelle, please contact with them on martha.bouterey@yooralla.com.au or michelle.nicholson@yooralla.com.au.

To read more about Donna please visit the Women With Disability Australia website.

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