Kate Roberts with supporter Lincoln Bird and George Tavern patron Col Gissane
This Sunday, 26 May the George Tavern at Greenhills will host a fundraising afternoon to support local resident Kate Roberts in her bid to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.
From 1pm on Sunday, the George Tavern will become a buzz of colour and music with raffles, live auctions, live music, face-painting and crazy hair for the kids.
Kate said since being diagnosed with MS five years ago, while on her dream Hawaiian holiday and just after her 30th birthday, she has been working hard to raise money for research into the condition, but her efforts would not have been as successful without the ongoing support of hotelier Janine Redman and the team at the George Tavern.
"This year I have pledged to walk 150 kilometres during the month of May to leave my MS limits behind and that's part of the May 50K fundraising initiative created by MS Research Australia," Kate said.
"It follows some very successful fundraisers I've had at the George Tavern, including in 2015 when we raised almost $40,000 having raffles throughout the year, as well as a major fundraising event held at the hotel."
"The team at the hotel and their patrons have been so supportive and it really warms me and encourages me to keep going when they are so willing to help and even line up at the ATM to buy raffle tickets and make donations to help support our cause."
After losing her sight and control of the left side of her body, Kate has relied on a variety of different medications to try and manage her condition.
"I have tried many different drugs and relapsed a number of times," she said.
"I did re-gain my sight and the use of my arms and legs but there is no cure for MS and you can re-lapse at any time despite being on treatment plans. What we really need is a cure and that's why I am fundraising, to help support research to one day find a cure for this condition."
George Tavern Duty Supervisor Zoe Style and Kate Roberts
"There is no cure for MS and you can re-lapse at any time despite being on treatment plans. What we really need is a cure and that's why I am fundraising, to help support research to one day find a cure for this condition..."
For hotelier Janine Redman, the fundraiser is very close to home having lost her mother to the same condition.
"This fundraiser is extremely close to my heart having lost my mum to the same condition, and when Kate originally came to us asking for a voucher for a raffle, I knew I wanted to help her as much as we could," Janine said.
"At the George we have a lot of fundraisers for local non-profit groups, sporting teams and individuals in need of a helping hand, but this one is particularly close to me, especially now having formed a friendship with Kate and knowing how hard she works every day to beat MS and help raise money to find a cure."
"This fundraiser is extremely close to my heart having lost my mum to the same condition and when Kate originally came to us asking for a voucher for a raffle, I knew I wanted to help her as much as we could.."
The day begins at 1pm at the George Tavern Greenhills with live music raffles, auctions, kid's entertainment and a guest speaker from MS Research Australia.
You can also support Kate through her MS May 50K fundraising page May 50K at http://www.themay50k.org/fundraisers/kateroberts.