MARCH 26, 2021
From 1st to the 10th March, members of the FIMER Australia team participated in the Bloody Long Virtual Walk to raise funds to cure mitochondrial disease. The team walked or ran over 199km over the ten days and raised $1,680 for the foundation.
Earlier in the year, Nance Mason, FIMER Australia’s Customer Service specialist, pulled together a team to sign-up for the Bloody Long Virtual Walk to raise money for the mito Foundation and get the team active.
The mito Foundation supports people affected by mitochondrial (mito) disease. The foundation funds essential research into the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cures of mitochondrial disorders and increases awareness and education about this devastating disease.
“I have participated in the Bloody Long Walk over the years as it is a great way to not only get out of your comfort zone but also to raise money for a worthwhile cause. This year’s virtual event was a great way to get staff from the FIMER Australia team to put their hand up and be involved,” Nance Mason said.
The challenge was to walk or run at least 35km in ten days while raising money to cure mitochondrial disease.
Mitochondrial disease is a debilitating genetic disorder that causes multiple organ dysfunction, failure and potentially death. The harsh facts:
- Mito affects 1 in 5000 people, making it the second most commonly diagnosed serious genetic disease after cystic fibrosis.
- One in 200 people, or more than 120,000 Australians, may carry genetic mutations that put them at risk for developing mito or other related symptoms such as diabetes, deafness or seizures during their lifetimes.
- There are many forms of mitochondrial disease; it is highly complex and can affect anyone, any age.
- There are no cures and few effective treatments.
Jason Venning, Country Manager of FIMER Australia and New Zealand, said, “It was great to be part of this year’s Bloody Long Virtual Walk and see the team raise money for the mito Foundation. It was a great motivator every day to go out for a walk, whether walking to and from work or taking the dogs for a walk.”
For more information on the mito Foundation, please go here: mito.org.au
For more information, please contact:
84 Hotham Street
Preston VIC 3072
Marketing & Communications Manager
m. +61 437 942 836