People in Brisbane can help raise awareness and funds to fight multiple sclerosis by taking part in the annual Moonlight Walk on Saturday, 6 October.
This year, the South Bank Cultural Forecourt will be lit with red, blue and white lanterns for the event, which involves a leisurely 5km or 10km walk along the Brisbane River.
MS is a life-long and life-changing disease, and the average age of diagnosis is just 30.
More than 25,000 Australians are living with MS, with more than 10 people diagnosed every week. Women are three times more likely to be diagnosed than men.
With no known cause or cure and symptoms varying significantly between those diagnosed, the total cost of MS to individuals and the community is more than $1 billion annually, MS Queensland said.
Beginning at dusk, each walker will receive their own MS lantern and visit the best of the Brisbane’s River walks, including the illuminated Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Story Bridge and Botanic Gardens before crossing the Goodwill Bridge to entertainment and food stalls at the finish line at the South Bank Cultural Forecourt.
This year, MS Queensland aims to raise $600,000 to fund vital support services for the more than 3,700 Queenslanders living with MS.
To join the walk, visit the website .