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Tanja Voss

The countdown is on – only one more week to go until the world will Kiss Goodbye to MS. We are so proud and excited to announce that our Aussie Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign is now being run in 15 countries across the world! This year Kiss Goodbye to MS aims to raise $1.5 […]

23 April, 2018
Richelle King

Here at Kiss Goodbye to MS we don’t think anyone ever needs a reason to have a holiday. But sometimes a ‘reason’ can help convince a hesitant hubby or fence sitting bestie. Well, you can thank us later because we have the perfect excuse! We have teamed up with the awesome guys at International Cruise!! […]

27 February, 2018
Richelle King

Kerrie Newton has turned us all into crazy candle ladies, and our office now permanently smells like lime and coconut (not that we’re complaining!). Her sweet little candles which she donates to Kiss Goodbye to MS, raising $4,263 last year (yep, that’s a lot of candles). Throughout May we will be selling Kerrie’s candles again, and […]

27 February, 2018
Richelle King

OK it is only February, but we just have this feeling that 2018 is going to be ‘the’ year. It’s the year everyday people will ‘definitely’ be able to visit the moon. There will be a royal baby and a wedding. JT is playing the Superbowl and this year Disney will launch it’s own streaming […]

27 February, 2018
Richelle King

At MS Research Australia our mission is to accelerate research targeting prevention, better treatments and a cure for MS. Put simply, we exist to find the cure, and we won’t stop until we do. In 2017 Kiss Goodbye to MS raised a whooping $1,165,000 for MS Research Australia, which contributes to the overall funding that […]

26 February, 2018
Richelle King

Mez Gallifuoco has that kind of energy that is contagious. She is one of those girls you just want to be around. I’ve known Mez for three years and many times I’ve found myself wondering how she does it all. She is a blogger, has a science degree, is a director in a successful business, […]

16 February, 2018
Richelle King

The not-for-profit sector is facing increasing demands from the public around donation and funding transparency. Now more than ever MS supporters are asking exactly where their hard earned donated dollars are going. And why shouldn’t they? As the Kiss Goodbye to MS Campaign Manager, I’m proud that our supporters know we are raising funds exclusively […]

23 January, 2018
Richelle King

Megan Healey has one hell of a fighting spirit. She is an amazing mum, a loving wife, and one of our longest standing supporters. Megan has progressive MS. And, in her own words, ‘While I may be in a wheelchair, I am not going to be defined by my disability’. While some of life’s simpler […]

20 November, 2017
Richelle King

Written by Kristy Draper Ten years ago, at the age of 26, I thought I knew exactly where my life was heading. I’d finally started a job I loved; had a great group of friends and had begun travelling overseas. So when I woke up after one of our usual ‘standard’ days at the Spring […]

20 November, 2017
Richelle King

Here are Kiss Goodbye to MS HQ we never do things by halves. In 2017 we have set ourselves a huge fundraising target, aiming to raise $1.25million for MS Research Australia. This is more than we have ever raised before, but we decided to go big in 2017 so that we could fund even more […]

20 November, 2017
Richelle King

Combine Sydney’s most iconic race, perfect weather and 200 Kiss Goodbye to MS runners and you have one pretty incredible City2Surf event! On Sunday the 13th August our Kiss Goodbye to MS City2Surf team raised more than $24,000, with our 200 runners flying the flag for MS Research Australia. We had runners of all abilities […]

15 August, 2017
Richelle King

Earlier this year Jillian Kingsford Smith phoned us, “I have a little fundraising idea”. We knew this one wouldn’t be small, because Jillian never really does anything on the small scale. Fast-forward 6 months and Jillian’s ‘small’ fundraising idea, was covering an entire building in a mosaic light show of people Kissing Goodbye to MS. […]

20 July, 2017
Richelle King

Throughout May hundreds of people registered to fundraise for Kiss Goodbye to MS. Together we have already raised over $672,000 for Kiss Goodbye to MS, which is a new record for this time of year! There have been countless events held, 15,500 pics posted on social media and thousands of donations – and we are […]

20 June, 2017
Richelle King

We’ve been keeping a secret which we have been bursting to tell you about! We are so proud to be the 2017 Teneriffe Festival Charity Partner and we’ve been busy working with the Teneriffe Festival to bring you a big (and we mean MASSIVE) fundraising project for Kiss Goodbye to MS. It’s so big that […]

06 June, 2017
Richelle King

The wait is over…it’s World MS Day! We’ve been talking about it for weeks and are so pleased that World MS Day is finally here! Today, thousands of people across the globe will come together to raise awareness about MS and offer support to the international MS community. Jump on social media now and follow […]

30 May, 2017
Richelle King

What do Jen Hawkins, Megan Gale, Leisel Jones and Natalie Bassingthwaite all have in common? Okay, they probably have quite a few things in common! They are all inspirational, driven, successful Aussie women. However, one more (important!) thing they share is that they are all supporting Kiss Goodbye to MS this May! This year our […]

17 May, 2017
Richelle King

The other night one of Emma’s little girls was unwell. She was up and down all night with her, wiping noses, giving the cuddles only a mum can give, and drying tears. The next morning, after only a few hours of sleep, Emma posted on Facebook, saying how lucky she is. Not too many mum’s […]

17 May, 2017
Richelle King

Help us spread the word this May and jump on social media! We are calling on our Kiss Goodbye to MS community to post a red lippy picture on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tell the world that you are supporting research into MS. If red lippy isn’t your thing, how about just a touch […]

03 May, 2017
Richelle King

Last year Roanna’s husband was diagnosed with MS. He is only 32 years old. Understandably, this was a huge shock for their entire family. The past year has been a rollercoaster of emotions, with ups and downs and often information overload. She has decided to do something to make a difference. “Although I wish I […]

03 May, 2017
Richelle King

Rochelle sums up her relationship with her sister perfectly in one sentence, “when we found out Vianna had MS… it meant our whole family now had MS. We were in this together.” There are 23,000 Australians living with MS and 7 million of us know someone who has the disease. MS doesn’t just impact the […]

03 May, 2017
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Richelle King

By fundraising for Kiss Goodbye to MS you become part of a supportive and uplifting community – and you are making an impact for research into MS. Still need some persuading? No worries! Here’s 10 reasons why fundraising is for you! It’s fun – Not that you need a reason for a girls night, but […]

12 April, 2017
Richelle King

One of the easiest ways you can raise money for Kiss Goodbye to MS is by wearing something red! Take some inspiration from our Ambassador, Emma Giunti. Emma, who has lived with MS for over 7 years, will be wearing red clothes, red lipstick and red nails every day of May to raise funds for […]

04 April, 2017
Richelle King

We can’t quite believe it ourselves but May is fast approaching and we are so excited to kick start the Kiss Goodbye to MS 2017 campaign! 2016 was an amazing year with $1,011,000 raised for research into MS and we are expecting 2017 to be even bigger. Our target for this year is our biggest […]

04 April, 2017
Richelle King

Fundraising is fun, easy and every dollar raised really does have a huge impact. Just a small amount of money can go a long way in supporting our researchers who are working hard to discover better treatments for MS and ultimately find the cure! Here are some ways your fundraising could make a difference… $50 […]

04 April, 2017
Richelle King

Coming up with your fundraising idea can be tricky and one of the most common questions we hear is “What can I do to raise money?” Many people think they have to do something really crazy to raise loads of cash, but this isn’t the case at all. Your fundraising event doesn’t have to be […]

04 April, 2017
Richelle King

One of the most effective ways to fundraise is to set yourself a personal challenge. Accomplishing a task that is normally out of your comfort zone will not only boost your self-belief, but will raise lots of money for your campaign! We’ve seen some crazy challenges in support of Kiss Goodbye to MS – one […]

04 April, 2017
Richelle King

The Irish Women’s National Rugby team are Kissing Goodbye to MS… right here in our own backyard! Multiple Sclerosis Ireland have welcomed the Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign with open arms, and have decked their Women’s National Rugby Team out in Kiss Goodbye to MS gear prior to their departure for the Australian Women’s Ruby […]

13 February, 2017
Richelle King

We’re pretty chuffed that our Aussie fundraising campaign has been embraced around the world. And while we’re so proud to be jointly running the first global fundraising campaign for MS, there is a much bigger reason why this is so important. Kiss Goodbye to MS raises funds for research into MS, meaning more money will be […]

23 January, 2017
Richelle King

Look out world, we’re back! And we’re bigger than ever! In 2016 Kiss Goodbye to MS (our Aussie born and bread campaign) became a global success story, raising AU$1.45 million for research into MS. Our global campaign involves 12 countries who come together for the same goal… to bring us closer to finding a cure […]

23 January, 2017
Richelle King

Get ready world, Kiss Goodbye to MS is coming for you again in 2017! January marks the launch of our global Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign where the world unites for a common goal – to bring us closer to finding a cure for MS. We are so proud of our Aussie campaign, which in […]

18 January, 2017
Richelle King

Our mission is clear – to find the cure for multiple sclerosis. To do this we are committed to funding the best research in Australia, and to do this, we rely on your support. In 2016 our aim was to raise $1 million to contribute to the projects funded by MS Research Australia in 2017. This was a huge, […]

19 December, 2016
Richelle King

A few months ago Tom Pembroke raised $21,765 for Kiss Goodbye to MS. But that is only the beginning of this story. In 2013, Tom who is a high school teacher, decided to take on the Oceans Seven. The Oceans Seven consists of seven long distance open-water swims, and is considered the marathon swimming equivalent […]

13 December, 2016
Richelle King

Some people love Christmas, some people look forward to their birthday, and other people can’t wait for Australia Day. At Kiss Goodbye to MS, we are a little different to most people. While we are guilty of loving all of the above, our absolute favourite day of the year is Red Lab Coat Day. Each […]

13 December, 2016
Richelle King

This has certainly been a year we won’t forget! From early on we had this huge, audacious goal that one day we would empower not just young Aussies, but young people all around the world. We had this crazy dream that our Aussie campaign would grow up to take on the world. In Australia Kiss […]

13 December, 2016
Richelle King

To celebrate another amazing year we are counting down our top 5 moments that made up an incredible 2016! Our all-time favourite ‘moment’ of the year, was following the ‘Tav to The Top’ journey. This journey began in 2015, when a group of men, we now know as the ‘Tav to the Top’ team decided […]

09 December, 2016
Richelle King

The world has had a big year. Triumphs, heartbreak, disasters and miracles all rolled into one huge 2016. At Kiss Goodbye to MS HQ we have felt all of the above emotions (and some!) as the months rolled by. We were ecstatic when we launched our global campaign in January, feeling grateful at our launch […]

09 December, 2016
Richelle King

At MS Research Australia our mission is clear – to accelerate research targeting the prevention, better treatments and to find a cure for MS. We are committed to this mission and to funding the best research in Australia. To do this, we rely on the support of the MS community, who come together to raise […]

09 December, 2016
Richelle King

Last year a group of men, we now know as the ‘Tav to the Top’ boys decided they wanted to make a difference. They were inspired by their mate, who is living with MS, and committed to doing something to support research into MS. Someone suggested riding to the highest point in Australia, and despite […]

16 November, 2016
Richelle King

In 2013 Nikki decided it was time to tick a few things off her bucket list. The first – do a big walk. The second, to raise money for charity. Why not do both at once?! Nikki has raised almost $12,000 for Kiss Goodbye to MS, and as if that wasn’t enough, she has just […]

30 September, 2016
Richelle King

With your support, Kiss Goodbye to MS has contributed more than $3.5 million to research into MS over the last 4 years. Together, in 2016 alone, we have raised $660,000. This is an incredible effort from our entire Kiss Goodbye to MS community. Whether you have raised a few hundred dollars or a few thousand […]

30 September, 2016
Richelle King

If you missed the City2Surf or didn’t quite make your personal best, don’t worry…  The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is here! Why not join a marathon that runs past some of Sydney’s most spectacular landmarks such as the Harbour Bridge, and The Sydney Opera House. With a picturesque course, you’ll forget you are running a […]

12 September, 2016
Richelle King

14 Kilometres later and $20,000 raised, the 2016 City2Surf event was a huge success! With over 120 people running for Kiss Goodbye to MS on Sunday 14th of August, it was a day to remember. Alongside 80,000 other runners, the Kiss Goodbye to MS community rose to the challenge and powered on from Hyde Park, […]

24 August, 2016
Richelle King

Instead of having a regular bachelorette party, Sandra decided to celebrate her upcoming wedding a little differently. Some women have a lunch, others have a few cocktails… but Sandra decided to walk 5km! Together with a group of close girlfriends these amazing group of women organised a “Girl’s Day Out” and took part in the […]

24 August, 2016
Tanja Voss

Kiss Goodbye to MS relies on the community to come together to raise funds and awareness to accelerate research into MS. We keep our administration costs low, by not ‘reinventing the wheel’ and rather than hosting our own large scale events, we leverage existing community fun runs that are held around Australia with our own […]

16 August, 2016
Tanja Voss

Riding from The Tav North Nowra to the top of Mount Kosciusko in New South Wales first was just an idea that evolved while sitting around having a cold beer during the 2015 Christmas holidays. This idea has now eventuated into reality for Andrew McVey and the Tav to the Top team. The team is […]

05 August, 2016
Tanja Voss

Laura Elphick is one of our most long standing Kiss Goodbye to MS supporters. Laura’s mum Anne was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS 10 years ago. Ever since the diagnosis, her daughter has done everything she could to increase research into multiple sclerosis. Laura has raised more than $60,000 for MS research to date which […]

05 August, 2016
Tanja Voss

Tom Pembroke has raised $19,000 for Kiss Goodbye to MS and that is only the beginning of the enormous impact he is making. In 2013, Tom who is a high school teacher, decided to take on the Oceans Seven. The Oceans Seven consists of seven long distance open-water swims, and is considered the marathon swimming […]

21 July, 2016
Tanja Voss

Tamlin is one of our incredible Kiss Goodbye to MS fundraisers, who herself faces MS indirectly every day. Tamlin’s husband Kent was diagnosed with MS 9 years ago, at the age of 27. Since then, their family’s journey with MS has been very up and down. Kent’s main symptoms are extreme fatigue, some numbness and […]

13 July, 2016
Richelle King

Late last year Kiss Goodbye to MS was approached by Coopers Brewery Foundation, who had decided to support research into MS at their annual golf day. The Coopers Golf Day involves staff and clients from Coopers and each year raises funds for a charity the organisation is passionate about. The Golf Day was held on the […]

04 July, 2016
Richelle King

Each year when May arrives the Kiss Goodbye to MS team wonder how we will top all that we achieved the year before. And, each year, as May rolls into June our anticipation transforms to awe, as our community surprise us with renewed passion and increased dedication. In 2016 we saw continued support from our […]

21 June, 2016
Tanja Voss

It’s festival season again! No, we don’t mean put on your gumboots and get ready to listen to some music… we mean lace up your running shoes! It’s the running festival season again in Australia! This is the time of year where we call on you to join us and ‘run for a cure’. All […]

08 June, 2016
Tanja Voss

Rochelle Collis is one of our Kiss Goodbye to MS Ambassadors. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Rochelle, who shared her personal experience after her older sister was diagnosed with MS. Tell us about yourself… I am the busy mum of two boys and am engaged to Babak Moini one of the cofounders […]

08 June, 2016
Tanja Voss

After 12 months of hard work and preparation by event organiser Donna Bradley-Robinson, The Scarlet Cup finally arrived! Held at the Mornington Racecourse on the 29th of May, on Victoria’s stunning Mornington Peninsular, The Scarlet Cup was attended by more than 200 guests. One year ago when Donna phoned the Kiss Goodbye to MS office […]

08 June, 2016
Tanja Voss

Alison Ferguson is one of our amazing Kiss Goodbye To MS fundraisers, who knows firsthand what it’s like to live with MS after her diagnosis in 2010. MS was already in Alison’s family, with her uncle battling the disease for over 20 years. Not long after her diagnosis, her sister Vicki was also confirmed as […]

31 May, 2016
Tanja Voss

This May we have been overwhelmed by the support of the Kiss Goodbye to MS community, and the involvement of celebrities and bloggers across all our social media platforms. We have been inundated with thousands of posts by people using the #KissGoodbyeToMS and tagging Kiss Goodbye to MS in their pictures. This included the support […]

31 May, 2016
Tanja Voss

Kerrie Newton is one of dedicated Kiss Goodbye to MS fundraisers. Kerrie was diagnosed with MS in 2008, after which her life took an unexpected turn, as Kerrie now does everything from a wheelchair. In 2011, Kerrie restarted her passion for candle making, and Mesmerize Candles was born. After her diagnosis, Kerrie dedicated her life […]

27 May, 2016
Tanja Voss

Thomas Pembroke is not your average teacher. Thomas has set himself the goal to complete the Oceans Seven, which consist of seven long distance open-water swims – the equivalent to the seven summits mountaineering challenge. Each time he swims, he does it to raise awareness and fundraise for a cause close to his heart. After […]

11 May, 2016
Richelle King

The 2016 Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign was officially launched on Wednesday 4th May with an intimate breakfast at a stunning private venue in Woolwhich. The event was hosted by one of our Ambassadors, Sara Donaldson, and approximately 50 guests attended, including bloggers, people from the media industry, fundraisers and our corporate partners. The event was […]

10 May, 2016
Richelle King

Pro bono partnerships are crucial to the success of MS Research Australia as an organisation and we are proud of, and grateful to, all of our supporters who provide us with services, volunteers, goods or their expertise at little or no cost. Over a 12 month period our pro bono partners have donated more than […]

21 April, 2016
Richelle King

Kiss Goodbye to MS is MS Research Australia’s national fundraising campaign and asks the community to raise funds and awareness for ongoing research into MS. Whether you are planning a small breakfast with your family, wearing red lipstick in May or you are taking on a physical challenge – how you get involved is up […]

21 April, 2016
MS Research Australia funding in 2016
The Kiss Goodbye to MS Team

Each year the Kiss Goodbye to MS community come together to raise funds for ongoing research into MS. Kiss Goodbye to MS is run by MS Research Australia, which is the largest non-government funder of MS research in Australia.

18 March, 2016
Ambassador Story Sara Donaldson
The Kiss Goodbye to MS Team

Our Kiss Goodbye to MS Ambassadors work tirelessly promoting the campaign and raising awareness for the importance of ongoing research into MS. Sara Donalson, the founder of popular blog, Harper and Harley is one of our dedicated Ambassadors who is committed to raising the profile of MS.

18 March, 2016
FIA charity most effective charity
The Kiss Goodbye to MS Team

The Fundraising Institute of Australia has recognised the success and momentum of Kiss Goodbye to MS, awarding MS Research Australia with two major accolades in the National Excellence in Fundraising Awards.

16 March, 2016
Alison's Dream
The Kiss Goodbye to MS Team

Alison Ferguson, from Orange in NSW, was diagnosed with MS in 2010. At the time, her youngest child was only 18 months old. Alison, who is now 38, and a mother to 4 young children, is just one of our inspiring Kiss Goodbye to MS fundraisers.

15 February, 2016
What will you do to Kiss Goodbye to MS
The Kiss Goodbye to MS Team

Kiss Goodbye to MS is MS Research Australia’s national fundraising initiative, raising money for research into MS. In 2015 our Kiss Goodbye to MS community came together to raise over $1 million, and in 2016 we are aiming to raise even more.

11 February, 2016
Kiss Goodbye Kicked Off Around The World
The Kiss Goodbye to MS Team

The USA, Sweden, Ireland, France, Greece, Mexico and Argentina have launched their Kiss Goodbye to MS campaigns to raise funds and awareness for MS research globally, with a fantastic response so far. Each country is gaining great momentum with and experiencing significant engagement from the MS community across social media.

11 February, 2016