Cricketing great hits road

Former Australian cricketing great and MS Ambassador Dean ‘Deano’ Jones has commenced the first leg of the MS Ashes Trek with a $25,000 boost from the QBE Foundation.

Jones kicked off the trek yesterday after a gala dinner at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 28 November.

Jones’s week-long trek from Sydney to Melbourne is aimed at raising funds for multiple sclerosis. Joining him along the way will be legends of yesteryear, Allan Border, Sir Ian Botham, Ricky Ponting and Glenn McGrath, as well as AFL great Danny Frawley.

QBE Foundation Chairman Tony MacRae says: “Through this $25,000 grant we hope the QBE Foundation can help make it possible for people living with MS to receive the support they need to live more independently, successfully and productively, while the search for a cure continues.”

En route to Sydney Jones will visit Sunbury, Bendigo, Heathcote, Albury, Canberra and Bowral to host cricket-coaching clinics, dinners and corporate golf days in a bid to educate the wider public on MS. The trek will officially conclude with a finale dinner at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 18 December.

“A donation as little as $20 can pay for an MS expert to answer a phone call and provide guidance, while money raised can also provide specialist physio and occupational therapy services, support groups, educational sessions and specialist equipment,” he says.

To donate to this worthy cause or find out more information head to the official MS Ashes trek website.