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Trekking for multiple sclerosis

29 July 2013

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It’s not often a holiday combines walking, horse riding or mountain biking through some of New Zealand’s most beautiful countryside with raising funds for important medical research, but that’s exactly what the week long Great New Zealand Trek offers to walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders.

The Trek began in 2006 at Cape Reinga and is working its way down the country each year, with the goal of finishing in Bluff in 2020.

Since 2010, funds from The Great New Zealand Trek Charitable Trust have supported our MS research. This year’s Trek, held in March, from Alfredton to Lake Ferry in the Wairarapa, raised an incredible $35,000, bringing the total support from the Trek to over $140,000!

“Funds from The Great New Zealand Trek have been vital in allowing us to investigate and test new ideas, while also supporting the development of emerging MS researchers,” says Dr La Flamme. “We are incredibly grateful for their support.”

For more information on The Great New Zealand Trek and to find out how you can get involved in the first South Island stage, in March 2014, please visit their website: www.greatnewzealandtrek.org.nz .


Image caption:Theunis Wedzinga (Chairman of The Great NZ Trek Charitable Trust), Dr Anne La Flamme, Leanne Laurence (Trustee), and Prof Graham Le Gros during a recent visit to the Malaghan Institute.

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