Previous scholarship recipients
ACT & Southern NSW
Jenny Bennett - Travel2015
Jenny is a wonderful and dedicated mother who does her utmost to provide the best quality life for herself and her son. → Show more. Her dream is to take him on a holiday that neither of them will ever forget. Jenny will use the Go for Gold scholarship to travel to Hawaii, see the sights, walk on the beach and to go shopping. Jenny will use the Go for Gold scholarship towards flights and accommodation. As Jenny says, "travelling will enhance my life and enrich my experiences. It will give me the sense of self-worth that I 'can do' what I put my mind to".
Cecilia Dridan - Education2015
Cecilia has had a passionate interest in astrology and the patterns and cycles of life for many years, and finds it to be a useful tool for dealing with challenges in her life. → Show more. Her dream is to continue studying astrology and to teach the art to others. Cecilia will use the Go for Gold scholarship to attend an astrology conference in Bali, where she will learn from very skilled world renowned international astrologers. As Cecilia says, "the conference is a wonderful opportunity for me to continue to grow and learn. It is a great opportunity and dream".
Julie Matthews - Travel2015
Julie's dream is to take a holiday on a cruise with her very supportive husband, providing them both, but especially her husband, complete rest and relaxation. → Show more. She is looking forward to the entertainment, restaurants, shopping, and visiting beautiful ports around Australia. Julie will use the Go for Gold scholarship towards a cruise from Sydney to Perth that travels along the north coast of Australia, as well as includes a stop in Papua New Guinea. As Julie says, "we will be able to enjoy life on board without the usual hassles of travel"
David Roberts - The Arts2015
David's outstanding artistic talent has been recognised by the Ginetrelle Art Studio in Umbria Italy, where he has been offered a residency. → Show more. The residency will culminate in an international exhibition, which David has been offered the opportunity to assist in curating. David will use the Go for Gold scholarship towards accommodation travel and material costs for the residency and towards the design and production of individual and collaborative works with other artists. As David says, "this residency is of substantial importance to my dream of finding my expression and future in art. It will expose my thinking to other artists from around the world, provide an opportunity for international recognition and affirm the validity and potential to attain my dream".
Maree - Travel2015
Maree has never travelled overseas and has always dreamt of doing so. → Show more. She has been provided with the opportunity to go on a women's retreat in Hawaii, where she will work with Hawaiian elders and connect deeply with the nature she loves. Maree will also climb to the summit of K?lauea volcano. This has become a personal challenge and if Maree can get to the top of a volcano with her M.S, she will feel that she can accomplish anything. Maree has also connected through the internet with people living in the United States who are very special to her and who have provided her with amazing support. Maree will use the Go for Gold scholarship towards accommodation at the Hawaiian retreat and to travel from there to the rest of the United States to visit her friends. As Maree says, "this will likely be my only trip overseas, but it will hold memories that will last me a lifetime".
Brigitte Schreiter - The Arts2015
Brigitte is an extremely talented artist who has sold pieces of her work and received the "People's Choice Award" for one of her acrylic paintings. → Show more. Brigitte's dream is to hold a gallery exhibition of her work. Brigitte will use the Go for Gold scholarship towards hiring an exhibition gallery, framing, and the purchase of art equipment. She will also purchase a camera with the scholarship to further assist her in capturing subject material for her paintings. As Brigitte says, "being awarded this scholarship gives me the chance to produce and exhibit my work, which fulfils a life-long dream".
Bethany Lamont -Travel2015
Bethany is the sole foster mum of an adorable little girl, as well as a member of the workforce and a full-time student studying towards a Master's degree in Juris Doctor and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. → Show more. Bethany will use the Go for Gold scholarship to take a Royal Caribbean Cruise, which will provide her with some much needed relaxation time before becoming a legal practitioner. As Bethany says, "going on this cruise would give me the much needed break I require and offer a great experience for my daughter. I could recharge and take time to reflect on my accomplishments on a holiday where my daughter is fully supervised in a fun kids club - what a treat!"
Gillian Alcock - Travel2015
Gillian is Australia's leading professional dulcimer maker and has been building dulcimers and other early musical instruments since 1976. → Show more. She was elected to the Board of the Cimbalom World Association in 1997 and continued her busy life building dulcimers, writing about them and teaching people to play them until finishing her final dulcimer in 2013. Gillian will use the Go for Gold scholarship towards attending the Dulcimer World Congress in England in order to nominate a new board member, thereby passing the baton on to the next generation, and to record the concerts for public radio. As Gillian says, "having the chance to meet friends and colleagues and farewell them would be a fitting end to my life as an independent globetrotting dulcimer lady and recording the concerts and making radio programs from them will give me a goal to work towards when I get back".
Katie Umback - Sport2015
Katie is a very accomplished professional dressage rider who has won numerous national and international events and is on the long list to be selected to compete as a member of the Australian team for the Paralympics held in Rio in 2016. → Show more. Katie will use the Go for Gold scholarship towards competing in qualifying events in order to secure a place in the Australian Olympic team. As Katie says, "if I can make the Australian team for Rio, it will not only make me extremely happy but because I defied all odds, overcame every adversity and never ever gave up on accomplishing my dream, it would give me a massive sense of fulfilment and accomplishment and the satisfaction that I never let multiple sclerosis beat me from fulfilling my life-long dream".
Jacqueline Beattie - Travel2014
Jacqui is devoted to her husband and son and dreams of taking a stress free family holiday with them to create some wonderful memories. → Show more. She will use the Go for Gold scholarship to take a family Carnival Cruise along the eastern coast of Australia; staying in an ocean view state room and enjoying the on-board facilities and activities. Jacqui is looking forward to the whole family being revitalized, rejuvenated and refreshed by the experience, and she can’t wait to see her son’s reaction to being aboard the ship. As Jacqui says, 'such a holiday and doing it with the two people who put so much time and effort into taking care of me, would be a dream come true’.
Beverley Bray - Lifestyle2014
Beverley is an active member of her community who loves participating in sporting activities and improving her fitness. → Show more. She was a competitive swimmer as a child and continues to find methods of increasing physical exercise in her life. Beverley plans to use the Go for Gold scholarship to purchase a Peugeot electric bike, which will provide her with the opportunity to spend more time with her husband riding and enjoying each other’s company in the outdoors. She will also be able to go riding with her four gorgeous grandchildren when they visit. Beverley’s daily aim has always been to improve her balance and fitness, which she will be able to do for longer periods of time with an electric bike. As Beverley says, "I am sure increasing my physical exercise in the fresh air can only improve my mental and physical health".
Greg Browne - Sport2014
Greg is passionate about skydiving. Participating in this sport has provided him with an amazing sense of freedom, as he forgets about his disabilities and the stresses associated with multiple sclerosis when he jumps. → Show more. Greg plans to use the Go for Gold Scholarship to purchase a package of 10 jumps with his local skydiving company, which also includes a video & photo package that Greg can use to relive the experience. As Greg says, 'it is truly amazing to look down to see the blue ocean, white sand and scattered towns and villages below and feel so empowered’.
Yasmine Gray - Travel2014
Yasmine dreams of being able to join her family and friends on outings such as day trips in the car, extended travel around Australia or travel overseas. → Show more. She also dreams of providing a simple way for people with mobility impairments to find information on mobility assistance available throughout Australia. With the Go for Gold scholarship, Yasmine will purchase a TravelScoot that will allow her to easily join her family and friends on outings. She also plans to set up an Accessible Australia website with a professional developer to create a website for businesses and venues offering equipment for loan or hire to upload relevant information. As Yasmine says, 'the difference that this would make to my life and the lives of those around me would be enormous’.
Beverley Hergenhan - Lifestyle2014
Bev is passionate about her friends, whom she considers to be her caring soul-mates travelling with her on her life’s journey and providing her with sunshine every time she sees them. → Show more. She is also a very popular member of her community, bringing lots of love and laughter to those around her. A few months ago, Bev experienced a house fire and lost a number of her cherished possessions; however, she is slowly rebuilding and with the help of her friends and their encouraging words and suggestions, she is picking herself up and confidently moving on with her life. Constructing craft, especially greeting cards, has always been a dream of Bev’s and she plans to use the Go for Gold scholarship to purchase an air-conditioner and a multi adjustable height table that will provide her with a comfortable space to construct her cards, which she hopes to turn into a home based business. As Bev says, 'the scholarship would enable me to do something I enjoy and am passionate about on a regular basis’.
Suzanne Hutchings - The Arts2014
Suzanne thoroughly enjoys being creative and loves sharing skills and ideas with other people. → Show more. She has a background in Art and Craft and has taught art to primary school students as well as to adults. She is also a member of the MultiSkilled Art group that meets fortnightly at Gloria McKerrow House. Suzanne’s dream is to learn a new artistic skill that will complement her other passions. As she is passionate about colour and different cultural arts and history, Suzanne will use the Go for Gold scholarship to attend Mosaic Tiling classes and to purchase the equipment and tiles required to construct beautiful mosaics. After completing her Mosaic Classes, Suzanne hopes to share her newly learnt skills with others. As Suzanne says, 'it would make me happy to achieve this dream because I cannot think of a better way to share knowledge and skills with other members of my Art Group’.
Cesar Leon - Travel2014
Cesar has a strong family ethic and is very close to his son, coaching him in life skills and actively supporting his educational and sporting aspirations. → Show more. The importance that he places on family has led to his dream of returning to Venezuela to see his family and friends; to share a meal and a glass of rum with them and to tell them about the exceptional sporting achievements of his son. Before being diagnosed with MS, Cesar was a helicopter pilot in the Venezuelan army and he plans to attend a 40 year celebration relating to when he joined in order to reconnect with his fellow Army partners. Cesar will use the Go for Gold scholarship to travel to Venezuela and spend time reminiscing with his family and friends and re-experiencing his culture. As Cesar says, 'it has been 13 years since I have seen my family and it is too long - seeing them will help my emotional wellbeing’.
Kerrie McDonald - Lifestyle2014
Kerrie’s dream is to relax and engage in enjoyable activities, such as spending time with her children and grandchildren, watching TV, creating tapestries, knitting, completing crosswords and reading. → Show more. In order to conduct these activities in comfort, Kerrie will use the Go for Gold scholarship to purchase an electric recliner chair that will offer her greater support and relieve the pain that she experiences when sitting in her current chair. A new chair will support her neck and feet, thereby ensuring that there are no pressure points causing her to feel pain. As Kerrie says, 'an electric recliner chair would mean I could relax and engage in enjoyable activities which contribute to my greater sense of happiness and well-being’.
Trevor Oddy - Lifestyle2014
Trevor was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 22 years ago and continues to lead an active life; enjoying family time with his wife, two daughters and son, a son-in-law and two granddaughters. → Show more. Trevor enjoys his garden, craft activities, swimming and attending the Belconnen Community Men’s Shed in Page as well as travels throughout Australia and overseas. In order to continue his dream of living life to the fullest, Trevor's purchase of a foldable electric scooter with the Go for Gold scholarship will provide Trevor with more independence, as he will not be reliant on his carer or others for transport. The scooter will also provide Trevor with the opportunity to travel more, which is something that he and his wife thoroughly enjoy doing together. As Trevor says, 'I am an example of a person with MS with a positive attitude and lifestyle and I would like to continue to promote my approach to life with MS, to encourage others on their journey’.
Jen Severn - The Arts2014
Jen has always loved writing. She began writing stories and poems in her childhood and has since expanded upon her skills by becoming the village correspondent for her local community newspaper. → Show more. In her role, Jen writes festival reviews and feature articles about local issues. She belongs to a local writers’ group and thoroughly enjoys experimenting with free-range creative forms of writing. Jen has written a number of short stories situated in a village similar to her own that she hopes to turn into a novel. Jen plans to use the Go for Gold scholarship to engage a writing mentor to assist her with polishing her work, thereby continuing her dream to be a writer. As Jen says, 'writing makes me feel more alive than anything else I do’.
Elizabeth Stenhouse - Travel2014
Liz has had an interest in travelling to China for many years due to hearing numerous tales of China from family members. → Show more. Her daughter has recently been transferred there for work, which strengthened Liz’s interest in visiting the country. Liz plans to use the Go for Gold scholarship on an organised Grand Tour of China, which will allow her to see the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Terracotta Warriors, the Yangtze River and the cities of Guilin and Yangshuo. She also dreams of visiting the Great Wall and climbing a few steps of one of the towers. Liz will strengthen the relationship she has with her daughter and husband while taking this trip, as they will be able to share the joys and wonders of China together. As Liz says, 'travelling to China would provide me with a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with my husband enjoying memorable and wonderful exciting adventures and to spend time with my daughter renewing our wonderful relationship’.
Ivo Tanevski - The Arts2014
Ivo was an accomplished architect prior to being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. → Show more. Since being diagnosed, he has been unable to continue with his professional career and feels that a vital channel for his creative expression has been lost. Ivo has always been captivated by pottery and the production of sculptural forms in clay and plans to use the Go for Gold Scholarship to purchase the materials required to construct items of pottery. He also plans to attend pottery demonstration courses. His dream is to devote his passion to the art of sculpture and possibly have his own art exhibition in the future. As Ivo says, 'to be able to achieve my dream by getting involved in creative work once again through engaging in the art of pottery and sculpture would bring back my enthusiasm of pursuing goals in life, no matter what they are’.
Karen Wilkinson - Travel2014
Karen is a loving wife and devoted mother. She is dedicated to her family and dreams of them all taking a fantastic family holiday together in order to make treasured memories that will last a lifetime. → Show more. Karen will use the Go for Gold scholarship to take a 5 day/4 night Carnival Cruise to Hobart with her husband and son. Her mother, step-father, sister, brother, sister-in-law and nieces and nephews also plan to join them on the cruise to make it a perfect family event. Karen is looking forward to seeing the happiness on the faces of her husband and son when they are aboard the ship and enjoying all the amenities that are on offer. As Karen says, 'my family means the world to me and the thought of this family holiday is the light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel’.
Helen Woodbridge - The Arts2014
Helen is passionate about art and developing her artistic appreciation and creative skills. → Show more. She finds art classes mentally stimulating, as they connect her with her creativity and give her a great sense of creative satisfaction. Helen plans to use the Go for Gold scholarship to attend weekly art classes and to purchase the materials required for the class. She will be learning in an inspiring environment where she will keep in regular contact with other artistically minded people. As Helen says, 'I find art especially stimulating because it increases my awareness and appreciation of the world around me. It is fascinating; it takes me out of myself and that is very beneficial to my overall well-being’.
Lana Woollard - The Arts2014
Lana is an very talented artist who loves to draw and paint using a variety of medium, including pastel, coloured pencil, water colour and acrylic paints. → Show more. Lana plans to use the Go for Gold scholarship to transform the shearing shed on her property into an art studio, where she will spend time creating works of art and enjoying the scenery. She also plans to frame and mount her own art works using recycled timber and professional frames that she will cut and join herself. Lana also hopes to encourage other people to realise their own artistic talents and enjoy the peacefulness and calming effect that art offers. As Lana says, 'this dream would have an immediate benefit to my life by providing me with the necessary tools to embark on a new creative path in my life, one that will benefit my health enormously by providing a means for me to de-stress and relax, or as I call it, 'disappear into my happy space in the shed”.
Brendan - Travel2015
Brendan and his wife have 6 'wonderful' children and are active in the local school and sporting community. → Show more. Brendan's dream is travel to Europe with his wife, without the children, in order to have time for just the two of them to be together. He will use the Go for Gold scholarship towards a trip to visit friends, and specifically experience the lifestyle of the French countryside. As Brendan says, "after more than 25 years together the opportunity to travel will enhance and strengthen our relationship and give 'hope' to future activities, as a couple and our family".
Tessa Dean - Gym Membership2015
Tessa dreams of reaching and maintaining a healthy weight in order to start a family. → Show more. Tessa will use the Go for Gold scholarship towards gym membership, including a personal trainer, to ensure that she reaches her weight goal as well as learn from a professional how to maintain that weight. As Tessa says, "by achieving this goal, I know that I will be able to achieve many more things in my life because my confidence level will soar".
Linda Dawson - Employment2015
Linda's dream is to run a successful mathematics tutoring business that will enable students to achieve the best they can, regardless of their ability. → Show more. With the Go for Gold scholarship, Linda will purchase a laptop, software, a work station desk, stationary, and maths textbooks. As Linda says, "it is hugely rewarding for me to observe someone reaching their mathematical goal. Knowing I've assisted pupils in attaining higher academic levels gives me immense satisfaction".
Jackelyn - Education2015
Jackelyn loves helping people and making a difference to their lives, especially to the lives of children. → Show more. She has four children that she guides through life, two nearly reaching adulthood and two just starting childhood. Jackelyn will use the Go for Gold scholarship towards a Bachelor of Education degree, majoring in primary education. As Jackelyn says, "I am an extremely proud parent and I would love my kids to look back at my journey, see how much I have overcome and achieved and be proud of me too. I believe seeing me achieve my dream will empower them too to aim high".
Megan Henderson - Lifestyle2015
Before being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Megan was very active in her job as a walking postie and, in the year 2000, walked a portion of the Appalachian Trail in the USA. → Show more. Megan now dreams of joining her partner and daughter on bike rides around the lake near where they live. To achieve her dream, Megan will use the Go for Gold scholarship to purchase an electric bike, which she will switch to the electric function when she gets tired. As Megan says, "an electric bike will enable me to get out into the community with my family, or visit friends, while getting some much needed exercise".
Lynette - Education2015
Lyn's dream is to complete her Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. → Show more. Achieving this dream will assist Lyn in further developing her personal learning and allow her greater development in her teaching career. Lyn will use the Go for Gold scholarship towards courses at the University of Technology in Sydney. As Lyn says, "learning is currently making a huge difference to my life as I am updating my skills, challenging myself through new learning and setting and striving toward achieving goals".
Lawrie Daniel - Education2015
Lawrie's dream is to educate himself in website and blog design, and with the associated social media, in order to develop a website dedicated to people with progressive multiple sclerosis. → Show more. Lawrie will use the Go for Gold scholarship to purchase a laptop, peripheral equipment, software and learning materials. As Lawrie says, "A wise MS peer support person once told me to 'focus on what you can do, not what you can't do' and using a Go for Gold scholarship to set up a support website for people with progressive multiple sclerosis is the best thing I can do".
Lynette White - Travel2015
Lyn and her husband Brett dream of spending quality time together, travelling around Australia. → Show more. Lyn will use the Go for Gold scholarship towards purchasing a camper trailer, allowing them the freedom to stop at free camping sites while taking their time to enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the way. As Lyn says, "it would achieve my dream, to fall in love with my husband all over again, with the freedom of travelling around Australia like a newly married couple".
David Lunn - Sport2015
David's dream is to continue kayaking for as long as possible. He was selected for State representation in Age divisions and won a bronze medal at the National Level in his age group for doubles. → Show more. He has coached Paralympian hopefuls, para-canoeists and club juniors. David will use the Go for Gold scholarship to purchase a "Master" class kayak, which he will find easier to manage on and off the water. As David says, "prior to being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I had a goal of paddling and photographing the rivers of NSW. While this may not be as easy as it may have been, I hold onto the dream of achieving it one day".
Kaye Greenleaf - Lifestyle2015
Kaye's dream is to maintain her physical strength and to continue living a satisfying and healthy life. → Show more. Kaye will use the Go for Gold scholarship to continue following a twice-weekly exercise program, including one-on-one sessions with an exercise physiologist. As Kaye says, "Exercise, diet, love and support are what keep me happy and healthy - long may this continue!"
Sandra Johnson - Employment2015
Sandra's dream is to work in the health and fitness industry. She has already completed a Diploma as a Nutritional Therapist and is currently studying towards a Certificate III in Personal Fitness. → Show more. Sandra will use the Go for Gold scholarship to complete a Certificate IV in Fitness Training and to gain a Vital First Aid certificate. As Sandra says, "I have so much enthusiasm and knowledge and would dearly love to work with others who have injuries, chronic illnesses and disabilities and inspire them to improve their lives through exercise and good nutrition".
Jill Hodder - Lifestyle2015
Jill has always been a very active person and very involved in her local community. → Show more. Jill is very close to her family and has been able to build a granny flat at the rear of her property thanks to their generosity. Her daughter and son-in-law will move into the main house, thereby providing her with wonderful support. Jill will use the Go for Gold scholarship to purchase items for her accessible kitchen, enabling her to entertain safely and comfortably in her own purpose built home. As Jill says, "being able to purchase some items for my kitchen would allow me the luxury to finally pursue so many other interests as well as renew my passion for 'creative' cookery".
Scott - Lifestyle2015
Scott's dream is to use modern technology to reconnect with his passion for film and music editing and production. → Show more. Scott will use the Go for Gold scholarship to purchase a MacBook Air and I-Pod Touch, along with software that will enable him to re-establish the film and music techniques learnt during his university studies. As Scott says, "if I could become involved with film and music production, even in a limited way, it would provide a direction in my life and allow me to continue the passion connected to film and music that started over 10 years ago".
Debbie Scadden - Travel2015
Debbie's Scottish heritage has always been an area of pride in her life and gives her strength. → Show more. She loves the sound and the call of the bagpipes and always planned to go to Scotland one day. Although visiting Scotland is still a dream, she was incredibly delighted to hear that the Edinburgh Tattoo was travelling to Melbourne for a weekend in 2016. Debbie will use the Go for Gold scholarship towards accommodation and return flights for her and her wonderful sister, who purchased tickets for the two of them to see the Tattoo together. As Debbie says, "my soul will be filled up to overbrimming with the Joy of the Pipes".
Clare Weeks - The Arts2015
Clare has been a practicing artist for over two decades. → Show more. She has participated in workshops at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle and exhibited her still and video based Photomedia works at exhibitions in New Castle and Sydney. Clare will use the Go for Gold scholarship to purchase a quality video camera in order to create small films. As Clare says, "having current and reliable technology at my disposal would enable me to make the art that I do and inspire me to make art more often".
Sarah Williams - Sport2015
Sarah's passions is running and she has competed in numerous events, including the MS Walk and Fun Run, as well as completed a challenge of walking for 12 hours on a treadmill to raise money for MS Sarah will use the Go for Gold scholarship to pay towards accommodation and entrance fees in order for her to attend numerous running events over the next 3 years. → Show more. As Sarah says, "I love to run and I'm getting faster every day, as well as getting stronger in mind and body".
Cassandra Cameron - Sport2015
Cassie's dream is to participate in the MS Gong Ride. Cassie's 16 year old son, a very keen cyclist, will join her along with a few riding friends. → Show more. Other members of her immediate family will participate as her support crew. After completing the ride, Cassie and her family will celebrate with a Harbour Bridge Climb in Sydney. Cassie will use the Go for Gold scholarship towards travel expenses to Sydney, the MS Gong Ride entrance fee and the Harbour Bridge Climb. As Cassie says, "just knowing that I have achieved a ride of 100 km and that I can thank my family by doing the Harbour Bridge Climb together will make a wonderful difference to my life".
Gerry Papasidero - Travel2015
Gerry's dream is to travel with his son to England and attend the Manchester United/Liverpool and Newcastle Soccer Camp, training with their junior academics and watching some big league games. → Show more. Gerry will use the Go for Gold scholarship towards flights, tour activities and full training and playing kits from Coerver Coaching Riverina. As Gerry says, "fulfilling this dream would allow me to see what future my son may have in soccer, which is a future he is eager to learn more about. This excites me and allows me to be an important part of his life, which, ultimately, is any fathers wish".
Liz Hajenko - Travel2015
Liz has been offered a scholarship berth by Heritage Expeditions on their 'Galapagos of the Southern Ocean' expedition, which will encompass 4 World Heritage listed Subantarctic Islands. → Show more. Liz will use the Go for Gold scholarship to help with travel costs, purchase a camera and to develop a website in order to document the expedition. The website will follow her story of travelling to the Subantarctic with multiple sclerosis. As Liz says, "the aim is to pursue my life-long determination and dream to experience the Subantarctic and Southern Ocean. The project is a chance for me to really live the motto 'I have MS, MS doesn't have me!'"
Colleen Daniels - Employment2015
Colleen lives on the NSW Central Coast where she produces a small publication called Reading While You Wait. → Show more. Reading While You Wait contains general interest articles and amusements and provides people with something interesting to read while waiting for appointments or services. Colleen will use the Go for Gold scholarship to purchase a 'booklet making' machine, which will make production simpler and improve the look of each monthly edition. She will also have a website professionally developed to bring more exposure and enable advertisers to purchase and pay for ad space online. As Colleen says, "I am proud to be able to say that I run a small business and having that pride is good for my wellbeing, but being able to have this added exposure and speed up production will do wonders!"
Nicky Alsemgeest - Education2014
Nicky is a career driven individual who has worked hard to build up a portfolio of personal achievements. → Show more. Nicky plans to use her Go for Gold scholarship to further her education by studying towards a Graduate Certificate in Social Media and Public Engagement at The University of Canberra. By obtaining a Graduate Certificate, she will broaden her knowledge of social media and strengthen her chosen career path. As Nicky says, 'a qualification in this field can only help me to build my career’.
Mary Lafferty - Education2014
Mary manages her multiple sclerosis by participating in a number of health and well-being activities and has a deep passion for yoga. → Show more. Her yoga practice has played an integral role in keeping her multiple sclerosis symptoms stabilised, as it has improved her balance and strength and enhanced her meditation experience. Mary’s dream is to increase her personal yoga experience and, if possible, share this knowledge with others. She plans to use the Go for Gold scholarship to participate in the Senses and Stillness 200 hour teacher training program, which will focus on yoga alignment, therapeutic yoga, meditation techniques and yoga philosophy. As Mary says, 'furthering my yoga experience will assist with continuing to live by my philosophy of “staying well and being well” and manage my multiple sclerosis in a healthy and holistic way’.
Suzie Palmer - The Arts2014
Suzie is a published author who is recognised for her delightful children’s stories and quality poetry. → Show more. Her dream is to have her poetry, children’s stories and her autobiography placed professionally on her website and displayed professionally wherever possible. In order to achieve this dream, Suzie plans to use the Go for Gold Scholarship to hire a manuscript assessor for her stories and her autobiography. She also plans to obtain professional advice in regard to developing lesson plans that will enable her to present her stories and poems at schools and give inspirational talks to young adults. With professional assistance and guidance, Suzie will be able to enhance her means of sharing her uplifting messages to the public, thereby enriching her life and the lives of others. As Suzie says, 'my goal is to assist people out of the dark and ignite a spark of life’.
Anke Szillat - Employment2014
Anke started meditating regularly after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and credits meditation as being a great benefit to her life. → Show more. She has since trained as a Meditation Facilitator and plans to use the Go for Gold scholarship to set up a business offering affordable meditation classes via weekly phone calls to people with multiple sclerosis, specifically those unable to attend regular classes due to fatigue or mobility issues. Anke is also training to be a transpersonal coach and plans to offer coaching services to people with multiple sclerosis after completing her training in 2015. Her dream is to support others in establishing lifestyle changes that will assist them with realising that their goals can be achieved. As Anke says, 'I am deeply driven to support people with finding balance and value in their lives, no matter what their circumstances are’.
Cathy Roberts - Lifestyle2014
Before being diagnosed with MS, Cathy was an avid bushwalker. → Show more. She has since brought the bush to her backyard by constructing a garden that attracts birds, butterflies, dragonflies, frogs and blue-tongue lizards. Cathy is proud of her gardening achievement of transforming a sterile hedge-based backyard into a gorgeous native garden filled with different colours and textures. Cathy now requires a gardener to maintain her piece of paradise and will use the Go for Gold scholarship to cover garden maintenance including the introduction of new plants, as well to repair her back fence, restructure the adjacent garden and reinstate a frog pond. As Cathy says, 'being able to maintain my little bit of nature in the beautiful complex where I live is important’.
Lauren Wilson - Lifestyle2014
Lauren has many close friends and family members who have made a huge difference to her life and would love to be able to show her appreciation for their support by entertaining them in comfort in her home. → Show more. Lauren plans to use the Go for Gold Scholarship to purchase an outdoor setting for her back porch, comprising chairs and a table, an outdoor patio heater, an outdoor lounge and an outdoor fan. As well as using the outdoor setting to entertain guests, Lauren will be able to spend more time with her gorgeous son outside, knowing that she has a place where she can take a break to sit when necessary. She will also be able to spend quality time with her husband, enjoying meals on the back porch and sitting together on the lounge. As Lauren says, 'to be able to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air all year round would be wonderful’.
Julie Beashel - Lifestyle2014
Julie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 18 months ago and has spent most of her adult life caring for others in her role as a clinical nurse specialist and as a remote area nurse. → Show more. She and her husband of 35 years, Bernard, also started a very successful backpacker accommodation business, which they had to give up due to the impact that the symptoms of MS were having on her life. With the Go for Gold scholarship, Julie hopes to re-establish the backpacker accommodation and build it up to a financial level that will enable her and Bernard to live comfortably and enjoy the company of their guests. As Julie says, 're-establishing the accommodation business with give me income, work and independence’.
Lesley Zandstra - The Arts2014
Even when working in business management Lesley always had a passion for using her hands to create artwork, home furnishings and beautiful pieces of fashion attire. → Show more. She began concentrating more on this when multiple sclerosis prevented her from continuing in her busy, demanding management position. Lesley’s passion lead to hats and she has created some award winning pieces. Lesley plans to use the Go for Gold scholarship to further educate herself in the art of millinery and to purchase a sewing machine capable of sewing through heavy fabrics. Lesley hopes to set up a small online business selling her hats and other handmade fashion items, which she believes will be both mentally and financially rewarding. As Lesley says, 'I’ve had to accept that with multiple sclerosis there are days when I cannot sew a stitch, so it’s wonderful to have a new fulfilling goal without the demanding deadlines’.
Karen Ford - Music2014
Karen learnt to play the guitar long before being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and has been writing songs over the past 20 years. → Show more. She has sung at Country Music Musters in her local area and regularly performs at hotels. Karen’s dream is to record a CD of her songs to give to her children as keepsakes and to sell commercially. She plans to put the Go for Gold scholarship towards recording time and the professional pressing of her CD. She hopes that by doing so, her songs will be out in the world instead of being stored away in a folder. As Karen says, 'if I were able to achieve my dream, then people would get to hear my songs and they would enjoy listening to my music’.
Donna Burrett - Travel2014
Donna is a loving mother, grandmother and wife whose family and friends are incredibly supportive of her. → Show more. Donna enjoys gardening and scrabble, and belongs to a gym, attends Heartmoves for MS with friends and until recently was a volunteer at a nursing home. She especially enjoys the friendships she has made going to Heartmoves and the fun they have. Donna and her husband Gary plan to journey by train through the Canadian Rockies for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Donna will use the Go for Gold Scholarship to upgrade their trip to Gold Standard, thereby allowing them a better seated view of the scenery and a disabled friendly room. The upgrade will provide Donna and Gary with a more enjoyable and relaxing holiday, as they will not need to consider where the best vantage points for viewing the scenery are during the trip. As Donna says 'the memories of my dream trip will sustain me for a long time'.
Greg Pugh - Sport2014
Greg is a passionate and experienced sailor, whose dream is to participate in a circumnavigation of the world that is currently being conducted by Denmark’s 'Sailing Sclerosis’. → Show more. He will sail aboard the yacht 'Oceans of Hope’ alongside other people living with multiple sclerosis. Greg plans to use the Go for Gold Scholarship to purchase the equipment required to undertake the trip, for port transfers and travel insurance. He has started training for the trip and honing the skills required for sailing in all weather conditions with "Sailors with disABILITIES" from Sydney and is very thankful to them. Greg’s family fully support his dream and are proud to be members of his preparation team, especially as they know that it will be a life changing opportunity for him. As Greg says, 'just hearing about 'Oceans of Hope’ has already made a difference to the way I feel and act, something I never thought would ever happen IS HAPPENING!’.
Donna Worley - Education2014
Donna has raised two wonderful children, managed a home and successfully exceeded all expectations placed on her in her professional role at Nowra Toyota. → Show more. In order to continue expanding her skills in the workplace, Donna plans to use her Go for Gold scholarship to undertake a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping via Distance Education. As Donna says, 'being given the opportunity to complete Certificate IV in Bookkeeping will boost my confidence both at home and in the workplace, and prove to myself that I am capable to complete my life goals’.
John Van de Putte - Education2014
John is the loving father and primary carer of three wonderful children. → Show more. He has been studying diligently towards a diploma in counselling and is looking for a work placement in order to complete the course. He plans to purchase electronic equipment to assist him in writing reports and recording counselling sessions with the Go for Gold scholarship. He also plans to use the scholarship to secure a work placement at Life Line, which will go towards the 200 hours required to finalise his degree. John is looking forward to re-entering the workplace and re-establishing himself as an important part of the community. As John says, 'I will teach my children that no matter what obstacles you have in your way, you must try your best to succeed’.
John Nemer - Travel2014
John is dedicated to his wife and four young children and participates in numerous activities with his family. → Show more. He grew up in Adelaide and plans to use the Go for Gold scholarship to take his family there for a Christmas holiday, so that his children will spend Christmas with their grandparents and be able to see where John grew up. He will take them to visit the beaches, strawberry picking, to the Adelaide Central Markets and to see the AFL Adelaide Crows homeground. John credits his family for lessening the impact that MS has had on his life and is looking forward to giving them a wonderful Christmas holiday. As John says, 'being the family man that I am, for me and my family to spend some time with my parents would definitely be a dream come true’.
Savannah Robinson - Lifestyle2014
Savanna is an avid gardener, who loves digging in the soil and tending to her plants. She enjoys growing things that she can use in the kitchen to make healthy meals. → Show more. Savanna’s dream is to have a beautiful garden in her backyard consisting of garden beds full of healthy vegetables and trees to provide delicious fruit and shade. She plans to use the Go for Gold Scholarship to purchase materials to construct raised garden beds that will provide her with seating all through the garden and to purchase trees, bushes and vegetable seedlings and herbs. As Savanna says, 'gardening is my way of de-stressing and calming the mind, and helps to restore balance in my life’.
Gail Chapman - Gym Membership2014
Gail has been a regular attendee at a specialised health management gym and has felt herself becoming much stronger due to the gym sessions. → Show more. Gail’s dream is to be able to walk short distances in order to go to the movies or for coffee with her friends without requiring a wheelchair. Improving her fitness also means that her husband will not need to lift her wheelchair in and out of the car as often. Gail plans to use the Go for Gold Scholarship to purchase a gym membership to continue with her training, which will contribute to her dream of improving her walking ability. As Gail says, 'I am feeling confident and very optimistic that if I keep pushing myself there is a possibility that my dream will become a reality’.
Yvonne Ashman - The Arts Scholarship2015
Yvonne's dream has always been to have her own art studio to create beautiful pieces to exhibit or sell. → Show more. As life has been tough over the last 10 years she believes that finishing her studio correctly will give her an opportunity to achieve something worthwhile. Yvonne wants it to be an open studio where other artists can come to work and share ideas. Yvonne says "A working studio will give me a sense of achievement and belonging again".
Helen Henwood - The Arts Scholarship2015
Helen's dream is to re-establish her interest and love of photography. With her scholarship she will purchase a quality camera and accessories as well as update and further her studies. → Show more. Helen says "I want to reawaken & remember my energetic creative passion before MS happened. I want to take photos of everyday living, leaving artistic, lasting & warm impressions of what I see".
Louise-Anne Lewin - The Arts Scholarship2015
Louise-Anne's dream is to publish a colouring book for Adults, further her own art skills and purchase a special printer to make canvas prints of her original work. → Show more. Louise-Anne says "When I am creating art it doesn't matter if it's painting, drawing or sanding a piece of wood, I am lost in doing something with and for myself, my soul. I don't feel I am a person with any non-abilities, I am just me not "the me" who has MS."
Ayse - Travel Scholarship2015
Ayse's dream is to travel to Turkey to see her family. → Show more. Ayse migrated to Australia in 2007 and hasn't seen her family since then. With her scholarship she will travel to Turkey with her 15 year old daughter who is one of her carer's to visit her elderly parents and her 2 sisters. Ayse says "Achieving my dream will totally change my life. Seeing my mum and dad would make me so happy, my mental state would be high once again."
Hannah Cameron - Travel Scholarship2015
Hannah's dream is to visit two cities in Italy - Venice and Florence. → Show more. She has always been fascinated by these cities since seeing a photo of her mother in a gondola. She wants to immerse herself in the culture and the art. Hannah says "to realise this dream would be just astonishing and uplifting. It would make the world seem limitless."
Annette - Travel Scholarship2015
Annette's dream is to combine sailing on the high seas on a luxury liner while fulfilling her artistic ability to embroider with a group of like-minded crafters. → Show more. Annette says "I would love to fill my days at sea with not only on board activities but also be involved in small workshops specifically designed & taught by a group of specialized tutors in my craft. Each destination on land will provide another layer to my senses and would help me focus on something other than my health."
Julie-Anne - Travel Scholarship2015
Julie-Anne's dream is to visit her sister and family in Ireland whom she has only seen 3 times since 1975. → Show more. With her scholarship it will help fund the trip to Ireland for a much awaited reunion. Julie-Anne says "I am very close to my sisters and we would all cherish a reunion. With the progression of my MS I would only be able to make the trip in the next year and this would most likely be my last personal contact with them. I'm sure it will be a trip we'll all fondly remember!"
Vanessa Daeche - Travel Scholarship2015
Vanessa was nominated for a scholarship by her good friend Lana. → Show more. Lana advised us that Vanessa has been instrumental in organising 3 capital city get-togethers for people living with MS, who have met online. Her scholarship will allow her to travel to Sydney and Brisbane in 2016 to the events she has organised for people living with MS in those cities. She will also purchase a camera to record these events. Lana says "By providing Ness with the finances, it will allow her to continue her great work in supporting others with MS and pursue her dreams of travelling and photography."
Karen Dare - Travel Scholarship2015
In 2007 Karen travelled to India and spent time at a disable children's home and school. → Show more. Upon her return she did fundraising and even donated part of an inheritance to purchase land where a 2 story orphanage now stands. With her scholarship Karen wants to travel back to that orphanage to what she has helped to build. She has also organised to go to the MS office and has been invited to give a presentation as an Ambassador. Karen says "I hope to inspire others with MS by doing this and prompt people in this community to see what people with a disability can accomplish."
Zoe Angourias - Travel Scholarship2015
Zoe's dream is to go on a honeymoon in January 2016. → Show more. She and her fiancé Anthony are getting married on the 2nd of January and because she has had to leave work and he is her carer, there is no way to afford a honeymoon. With her scholarship Zoe will get that honeymoon taking her daughter along with them. Zoe says "these memories will never be taken away from us. I will love hearing my daughter say to friends 'On school holidays my mum and Anthony got married and we all went on a honeymoon together!'"
Lee Wiltshire - Sport Scholarship2015
Lee's dream is to once again get back on her horse and have formal lessons to help her re-learn how to ride with the symptoms of her MS. → Show more. Lee says "I don't want to be that mum that sits on the sidelines but one who is able to ride beside my daughter. The impact will not only be beneficial in terms of my emotional but also my physical wellbeing."
Annitta Macauley - Sport Scholarship2015
A few years ago Annitta decided that she wanted to do a half marathon in every state, with the Outback being her main dream. → Show more. Although she has done them in Melbourne, Gold Coast, Sydney and Canberra, she still has not conquered the Outback. With her scholarship she will use the money to enter the race and travel there with her family. Annitta says "By being able to achieve this dream not only will I be showing myself & others that you should always strive to reach your goals, I believe I'm teaching my children to not give up."
Wendy de Haan - Sport Scholarship2015
After the birth of her son, Wendy got into the gym and became hooked on fitness. → Show more. Even with a diagnosis of MS in 2010 she refused to give up on her fitness. Wendy's dream was to compete in the INBA Female Figure (body building) competition. On the 20th of September her dream came true! With her scholarship she will recoup the costs of her training, event entry and all that goes with it. She says "I want to show people that you can achieve great things, be strong physically and mentally and be able to push boundaries."
Joanne Keith - Education Scholarship2015
Joanne's dream is to one day be a qualified Teachers Aide. → Show more. With her scholarship she will complete a Diploma of Education Support, as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Joanne says "Achieving this dream would make me employable, give me a sense of achievement and a desire to get up & face the world. It will also give me the ability to help improve the lives of others by helping them further their education."
Amera - Education Scholarship2015
Amera's dream is to be able to have a computer and printer at home. → Show more. As Amera says "Achieving my dream of having a computer would connect me to the outside world and ease my feelings of isolation. I would be able to have contact with family overseas and my children will benefit from getting to know their grandparents and cousins via Skype."
Stafford - Education Scholarship2015
As a teenager Stafford was a hobby computer programmer, but without the marks to go to University he went into the workforce. → Show more. However he has always had a burning desire to go back to school and study to be a software developer. Stafford will now be able to afford his diploma course. Stafford says "MS has been both a blessing and a curse. It has given me the kick up the arse to start studying. I have a beautiful fiancé and 5 month old son and I want to be able to provide for them in the best way possible."
Patricia - Employment Scholarship2015
Patricia's dream is to start a business based on her own photography of her pet Green Tree Frogs. → Show more. Specifically to first publish a book of her photography and then establish her own small business. Patricia says "The opportunity to be able to publish my own book and start a business has given me a renewed sense of purpose and self-worth."
Victoria Cushing - Employment Scholarship2015
For 20 years Victoria has had a vision of creating a small and simple range of clothing basics, made of good quality fabric, ethically, affordable and made in Australia for women in sizes 18+. → Show more. With her scholarship she will undertake business workshop and mentoring programs as well as pattern development and sample garment construction. Victoria says "I want to prepare for a life outside the traditional 9-5 employment. It would benefit my children to be home more often."
Pauline Cram - Employment Scholarship2015
Pauline's passion is for furniture and metal things that aren't new. Refurbishing, repairing and up-cycling them too. → Show more. Pauline's dream is for a workshop with a strong and sturdy floor, windows for ventilation and a key to lock the door. Pauline says "My life would be so different if I could just wake up and see a workshop in my garden - my creativity could finally run free. This will make me feel 'myself' again - productive, vital, able - contributing financially once again."
Vivienne Loader - Lifestyle Scholarship2015
Vivienne's dream is to be independent and work in her garden for as long as possible. → Show more. With her scholarship she will purchase tools, a lawnmower and whipper snipper with 'easy' starts which will enable her to be able to continue to do the things that she is capable of doing. Vivienne says "Gardening is my passion and I trained as a horticulturist. With the proper tools I will be able to maintain my own home and will not only be able to do these things with my 14 year old son but will be able to improve the bond that my son and I share.
Barry Fleming - Lifestyle Scholarship2015
Barry's dream is to build a new Pergola at the back of his house. → Show more. With his scholarship he will be able to remove the old rotting boards and build a beautiful Pergola for the summer. Barry says "In the hot weather I have no shade to sit in while spending time with my family. With a new Pergola I will be able to be more engaged in my family and friends lives."
Leanne Lampard - Gym Membership Scholarship2015
Leanne's dream is to keep going to the gym to keep as fit as possible while dealing with MS. → Show more. With her scholarship Leanne will pay for 2 year's worth of gym sessions. Leanne says "I usually hardly have time to stop and think about myself. This will give me the opportunity to concentrate of me with a program tailored to my needs."
Jane Ruggieri - The Lend Lease Lifestyle Scholarship2015
Since being diagnosed with MS in 1992, Jane has found her mobility decreasing since 2006 when she was confined to a wheelchair. → Show more. Recently Jane was fortunate enough to trial a standing up wheelchair. With her scholarship she will add the money to the fundraising that she has done to afford the $35,000 needed. Jane says "I cannot express my excitement at being able to assist standing up when cooking with a carer, brush my teeth, wash my face, speak to people face to face and giving proper hugs to my loved ones."
Jennifer Robinson - The Arts2014
Jennifer's MS has slowly robbed her of her life and is now totally dependent on someone else. → Show more. Her hobby is photography and her dream is to have an iPad that can be attached to her wheelchair so she can take photos once again and to have scanning equipment to convert her old photos into photo books. Jennifer says "This will give me the ability to record my life through my photos; it will give me a part of my old life back."
Lynette Hawkes - The Arts2014
Lynette's dream is to see her children's book she has written published.
Jennifer's MS has slowly robbed her of her life and is now totally dependent on someone else. → Show more. She began writing it 10 years ago and then her diagnosis of MS made her believe that it wouldn't happen at all. With her scholarship she will finally self-publish her book which is about a group of farmyard animals with many different abilities. Lynette says "I hope that this book will teach children to love themselves and go forward despite adversities they may face in their life. To not only accept but be proud of who they are - love themselves and other unconditionally."
Sue Farey - Travel2014
Susan has always wanted to travel, but while raising a young family was never in a financial position to do so. → Show more. Now that her MS has progressed it has still made it seem unattainable. With her scholarships she will see Tasmania from the comfort of a motorhome. Susan says "My dream is not an extravagant one, my main philosophy I life has been to make sure others have been cared for. So this holiday will mean so much to me and give me the satisfaction of being able to experience my dream and have life long memories."
Tracey Naughton - Travel 2014
Tracey's dream is to return to South African village where she had the great honour of working years ago. → Show more. She will use her scholarship to fund her trip. As Tracey says "It would allow me to create an appropriate and flexible voluntary work program. MS has not yet completely truncated the life giving quality that social justice work brings into my life."
Tony Jordan - Travel 2014
Tony's dream is to take his wife, who also has MS on a cruise so that they can spend some quality time together. → Show more. With his scholarship he is going to take his wife on a 13 day cruise to New Zealand. Tony says "I stress over watching my wife struggle working full time and caring for me which has affected her MS. This holiday will do wonders for our marriage and reconnect us as a couple and allow my wife to have a well-deserved break from work and from looking after me."
David Ralph - Travel 2014
David's dream is to 'Walk In New York' while he can. → Show more. In 2012 David and his partner had saved for 3 years to travel overseas but that year he was diagnosed with MS and along with other symptoms lost the ability to walk. After 6 months in hospital all the money they had saved was used for daily living. This scholarship will go to help paying for them to go to New York City. David says "realising this dream will show my family and friends, in particular my nieces and nephews that they too can achieve happiness and their own personal goals despite the challenges in life."
Sophie - Travel 2014
Sophie and her sister have always had dreams that they wanted to travel together. → Show more. But Sophie's MS continued to progress and she became totally dependent with Jessica as her carer. Jessica's dream is that she would like to take Sophie on a family holiday, to create memories that they can look back on all our lives. Jessica says "I know in my heart that although my sister finds it hard to ask for anything, deep down she knows that it's still possible to have a great time together as a family and never give up on fulfilling her dream to travel."
Vincent Leccese - Travel 2014
Vincent has always had the dream of climbing Mt. Everest which has grown stronger in the last couple of years. → Show more. With his scholarship he will go on a 17 day trek in Nepal to the Mt. Everest Base Camp. Vincent says "This scholarship is making a massive difference to my life in providing the motivation to get fit and prove to myself that having MS does not take away the ability to follow dreams. It has given me a goal and opened up doors to further participate in an adventurous lifestyle that I adored prior to be affected by MS."
Frank - Travel 2014
Frank has been unable to spend quality time with his son due to the progression of his MS. → Show more. His dream is to take his son on an unforgettable holiday to visit the theme parks on the Gold Coast and will use his scholarship to do this. Frank says "winning this scholarship will establish a strong father/son relationship with my son that I crave. It will make me feel worthy and positive going forward in the future in spite of the challenges that MS brings to my daily life.
Chris Tucker - Sport 2014
Chris set aside his passion for competitive sailing when he started his own business in 2007 thinking he could come back to it at any time. → Show more. But when he was diagnosed with MS in 2010 he realised that this may not be the case. Chris' dream is to once again sail competitively at the elite level he was once at. This scholarship will help him purchase a boat and sail. Chris says "MS is perceived by many, including myself at the beginning, as the end of your life with regards to sports and pleasure activities. Being successful in my endeavours will aid in my coming to terms with my own long term prognosis by showing I do still have a future doing the things I love."
Erin Rogers - Sport 2014
Erin's dream is to run around and keep up with her 2 year old! But since MS entered her life in 2007 her legs have been mostly affected. → Show more. With her scholarship Erin will be purchasing a Nustep, a recumbent stepper. Erin says "this will allow me to ensure that I can keep fit & strong which would allow me to maintain my independence, employment and care for my family."
Jennie - Education 2014
Jennie feels that having MS has changed the way her brain thinks and how well she works with distraction. → Show more. She has been attempting to complete her PhD and feels like she is slipping behind. Winning this scholarship will provide her with the means to solely focus on her thesis so that she can complete it by the end of the year. Jennie says "My passion is to inspire students to understand history and when I get my PhD finished I will be able to do this. It will be life changing with a better work/life balance."
Mary-Anne Jones - Education 2014
Mary-Anne's dream is to qualify as a Legal Secretary. → Show more. With her scholarship she will use it to help cover the costs of her study and to purchase a new computer. Mary-Anne says "to achieve this dream gives me hope for a fulfilling and independent future. It will give me employment opportunities in a field I have always been passionate about and increase my long term employment prospects regardless of the status of my MS."
Maria Bradford - Education 2014
After 5 years of working with 'Very Special Kids' helping support families of a child with a life threatening condition, Maria's dream is to upgrade her skills and contemplate a future in the field of Family Therapy. → Show more. With her scholarship she will enroll in a course at Swinburne University. Maria says "winning a scholarship and progressing in the field of Family Therapy will enable me to work more comprehensibly with families not only with my current employer but also with becoming self-employed in the field."
Rhyianydd - Education 2014
Rhyianydd has decided to return to university and retrain from a graphic designer to a psychologist, but this wasn't an easy decision. → Show more. She wanted to chase a dream, but shortly after her 30th birthday the symptoms of MS reared its head. She managed to complete her Honours year and get accepted into a clinical Master's program. With her scholarship she will update her computer and software. Rhyianydd says "Achieving my dream will allow me to balance the unpredictability that is MS with a career in the helping professions. I want to have a positive effect on others and this means the world to me!"
Claire - Education 2014
As a qualified Doula (birth attendant) Claire's dream is to provide childbirth education classes to women and their partners as they prepare for the birth of their baby. → Show more. With her scholarship she will purchase resources to teach the classes and also pay for her training for her diploma. Claire says "By receiving this scholarship my dream of informing and supporting women and their partners will allow me to feel I am making positive changes to the world, one birth at a time."
Katrina Cragg - Employment 2014
Katrina's dream is to be the most successful Avon Leader and Representative that she can be. → Show more. She has taken years to find something that fits in with her MS lifestyle. With her scholarship she will purchase tools to assist her with her job. Katrina says "I will be able to run my business more efficiently and become the business woman I have dreamed of for such a long time."
Rosemarie Paton - Lifestyle/Social 2014
Rosemarie's dream is to continue her trips to the pool weekly. → Show more. Swimming each week gives her the freedom to move freely which Secondary Progressive MS has taken from her. With her scholarship she will be able to pay for a 2nd carer. Her daughter Cara says "Getting out into the community on a regular basis to attend swimming will mean mum has the opportunity to socialize with people outside of her home and will make a significant difference to her mental and physical health and wellbeing."
Kim Young - Lifestyle/Social 2014
Kim's dream is to have a small cake baking business at home which she has named "A Piece of Cake" and to involve members of her local MS Support Group. → Show more. Being diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS has been a tough road but as Kim says "MS means I am often unable to do what needs to be done. This dream is exciting, it gives me a sense of worth and self-esteem to know that I can do this - create something that other people will enjoy!"
Kevin Stafford - Lifestyle/Social 2014
Kevin has been using a Tilt Table regularly for the past 14 years which helps him to stand. → Show more. His dream at the moment is standing, he can't walk, stand or swim but he can use this tilt table more regularly to strengthen his legs. With his scholarship he will use the money to help pay for a support worker so he can stand once a week. Kevin says "Standing is connected to my dream of a cure and the preparations for the same. By doing this, maintaining hope and a positive attitude, I can move forward by preparing with standing for the day when this cure will surely come."
Ortenzia Biancofiore - Lifestyle/Social 2014
Ortenzia's dream is that she would like to produce a cooking show and star as the 'One Armed Chef'. → Show more. MS has impacted her love of being in the kitchen, but she has learned to cope with her disability in the kitchen. Ortenzia says "this will help me feel like I am contributing something personal and worthwhile to others who are in that dark place I used to be in. I hope to make a difference to them by giving them a sense that they too can try this at home and have a go at what I can teach them."
Karen Parker - Music2014
Karen's dream is to learn how to play the piano for her own relaxation and sheer enjoyment and to give pleasure to others. → Show more. With her scholarship she will purchase a keyboard and pay for professional lessons. Karen says "Learning the piano will give me a sense of self-confidence and personal achievement. It will help me to continually stretch my intellectual faculty and maintain my mental health and drive for living. I will also have the added pleasure of sharing myself with my children and grandchildren."