Local Hero : Thomas Dullard
THOMAS DULLARD WAS seventeen when he created Swan Hill Supporting MS in 2008. Three years earlier, his mother had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and with the help of his dad and his best friends, he wanted to raise $1,000 and spread the word about Multiple Sclerosis.
“The aim has always been to help MS Australia to assist everyone living with MS to live life to their fullest potential and secure the care and support they need. We are here to support everyone in the Swan Hill region suffering with MS, until we ultimately find a cure,” says Thomas.
Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating disease, which damages the central nervous system and disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate. The disease is progressive, and can cause extreme muscle weakness, loss of sensation and coordination of muscles in many parts the body, and even death.
Swan Hill Supporting MS has grown well beyond the small founding group. Over eight consecutive years, the group has been joined by hundreds of riders in the annual charity bike ride MS Melbourne Cycle, and has now raised more than $270,000, as well as driving fitness and healthy lifestyles in men and women around the district.
“Personally, I continue to see the effects of Multiple Sclerosis first hand, since my beautiful mum Kerry Dullard was diagnosed with MS in 2005. But this event has become much more than my mum, it is now an initiative to show support for all of the people in our region suffering from MS, and doing our bit to make a difference in the lives of others.”
Click here to watch Thomas’ Youtube documentary “This is a story about MS”