Walking the walk for MS

FUNDRAISERS: Samaritan College Teachers Di Gurnett (left) and Abby Thiele (right) have been raising funds for research into Multiple Sclerosis. They are pictured with Abby's daughter Bonnie (middle).
FUNDRAISERS: Samaritan College Teachers Di Gurnett (left) and Abby Thiele (right) have been raising funds for research into Multiple Sclerosis. They are pictured with Abby's daughter Bonnie (middle).

Inspired by a colleague living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Samaritan College Teachers Abby Thiele and Di Gurnett have been tackling the May50K Challenge to raise funds for research into the debilitating disease.

Di and Abby previously raised funds for the same cause three years ago after fellow teacher Jo Arcobelli was diagnosed with MS. Now they're back at it, taking on the task of walking, running or swimming 50 kilometres this month.

As May comes to a close they have almost completed their task, and have raised over $1500 in the process. They plan to walk 26 kilometres around Whyalla's perimeter on Sunday to complete the 50km challenge.

The duo have been logging their kilometres covered on their online fundraising page, finding opportunities to rack them up during their day-to-day.

"We've been running on the treadmill, walking with the dogs or the kids," Ms Gurnett said.

"The school has been fantastic because we've hosted some morning teas at the campus. We've also been making soup and taking gold coin donations."

On Friday the Our Lady Help of Christians campus hosted a colourful clothes day, with students' gold coin donations going towards MS research.

"Our college has specific charities that we always support but there are other charities we can individually support and they back us in that," Ms Gurnett said.

Not only does it feel good to be raising money for a good cause through your exercise, it also helps you get motivated for each session, according to Ms Gurnett.

"Sometimes when you need to exercise you think 'oh here we go again', but there's been none of that at all because we know everything we're doing is contributing to getting rid of this horrible disease," she said.

Ms Thiele said it was great to see the community rally around their cause.

"Every now and then I'll get an email to say that someone else has donated and it's a nice feeling to see people you don't see very often supporting you," she said.

To make a contribution towards Abby and Di's fundraising efforts, head to https://www.themay50k.org/fundraisers/Abby-and-Di---s-MS-50-k-in-May.