Ian is a regular crew member on the yacht here in Melbourne, which normally goes by the name Beyond Outrageous. However, for the Sydney-Hobart race it will be kitted out with sails bearing giant red lips in support of the Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign, which will run officially from May 2012. One of Ian’s fellow crew-members has MS (multiple sclerosis), and anyone who knows someone living with this disease – or is at least familiar with the work of Michael J Fox – will be aware of just how insidious it is.
Watermark is proud to be sponsoring Kiss Goodbye to MS in its efforts to raise money for MS research – and also, hopefully, to achieve success in the yacht race! IP Australia is also doing its bit, incorporating the efforts of Ian and the rest of the crew into its ‘IP on the High Seas’ feature.
You can sponsor Ian – who is already over half way to his target of raising A$5000.00 – through his fundraising page at EverydayHero.com.au. If you are a regular visitor to this blog, then you have, indirectly, already made a small contribution – we have donated 5 cents for each one of the 2327 ‘unique visitors’ that Google Analytics tells us have visited the site in the past month.
Many organisations are competing for your charity dollar at this time of year, all of them worthy and deserving causes. While some others may seem more specific to the time of year, the fact is that all charities work hard throughout the year, but rely on the extra generosity of spirit during the festive season for a large portion of their public financial support. Please consider helping Ian to reach his goal, and then track his progress via the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race web site.
That link for donations, again, is www.everydayhero.com.au/ian_lindsay.
And happy holidays to everyone! However you celebrate this time of year, please do so safely – we hope that you will continue to follow the blog in 2012.