Australian Merck employees are preparing for the annual fitness and fundraising event, The May 50K, to support the MS community.
This year the company has broadened participation beyond its Neurology division across the wider business, with Healthcare, Life Sciences and Electronics staff all taking part. Teams include ‘Fast and Curious’, ‘The Young and the Breathless’ and ‘XCLR8tors’.
Organised by MS Research Australia under the Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign, The May 50K asks entrants to walk or run a total of 50kms across the month, with friends, colleagues and families sponsoring to raise funds for research to find a cure.
“We’re stepping it up a gear this year and increasing our commitment to the MS community in these difficult times,” says Fiona Rowland, Neurology Business Unit Director, Merck Healthcare.
“As a company, Merck has more than 20 years’ involvement in MS and it’s a cause close to our heart. We are conscious of the daily challenges living with MS can bring, along with the burden experienced by carers.”
This year, Merck will be tracking the teams’ progress and encouraging employees to log results with fun rewards and internal touchpoints to keep them going.
“We’re excited to see Merck upping the ante this year to make a lasting impact into MS research, with staff really entering into the spirit of the challenge with energy and creativity. We can’t wait to see how they do and thank them for their support!” says Charlotte Goodall, MS Research Australia Business Development Manager.
2021 is the third year of The May 50K, part of MS Research Australia’s award-winning Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign, which is now the biggest global initiative raising funds for research into MS and is supported by 13 countries.