Zach and Cathy Merrett

The 2023 Flag isn’t the only thing Essendon Captain Zach Merrett has set his sights on: He wants to make MS a thing of the past. 

Zach says, “I’m taking part in The May 50K this year to support my mother who has suffered from MS for 30 years.”  

“The May 50K means a lot to me personally, growing up with my mum suffering from MS I understand the need for resources to help her out.” 

While taking part on The May 50K, Zach aims to raise $10,000 to support researchers find better treatments, preventions, and, one day, a cure. He may be driven by the love he has for his mum, but Zach is determined to help leave MS behind for every one of the 33,300+ Australians living with MS. 

“I only recently told my mum that I was taking part in The May 50K. She was excited, and I know all her family and friends will also be super supportive and get right behind her as well.” 

“It’s hard to describe and single out one thing I love about my mum, but the biggest thing would be her resilience... She’s so hard-working, so disciplined and so resilient with everything she does and always has a smile on her face, regardless of how she’s feeling on the inside.” 

“She’s a fantastic role model for myself and my brothers, and I love her.” 

This year, Zach’s captaining two teams. One on the field, and one off: Merrett’s Mates Tackle MS. If you’re thinking of joining The May 50K, there’s still time AND you can join the team of a loving son and footy legend. Every step you take of your 50 km (or more) is leading towards a future free of the effects of MS. 

“I’d love everyone to join my team... hopefully we raise as much money as we can under my banner, to help those with MS.” 

Join Zach and the MS community as we move together in May to Leave MS where it belongs, Behind us  

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