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THE INTERVIEW | RUNNING FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)


WHO IS NIALL HOOLAHAN AND WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE AT SHARP & CARTER ENTAIL?

I’m 24 years old and have been working at Sharp & Carter for 3 years now. I first started at S&C as a graduate, and currently work in the Accounting Support team in North Sydney. I was born in Bathurst though I have been living in Sydney for the majority of my life. Outside of work I’m a mad rugby and cricket fan.

PATRICK RYAN, CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOUR ROLE IS AT SHARP & CARTER?

I recruit mid-level finance roles for Sharp & Carter on the North Shore of Sydney. I have been with the business over 2 years and have progressed from graduate level. Prior to this I studied Accounting and Marketing at the University of Technology Sydney and have grown up on Sydney’s North Shore.

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RECENTLY, YOU BOTH PARTICIPATED IN THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD HALF MARATHON TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS) – WE UNDERSTAND THIS WAS DUE TO A CLOSE FRIEND RECENTLY BEING DIAGNOSED WITH THE CONDITION. CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT WHAT MS IS AND HOW IT IMPACTS THOSE WHO SUFFER?

MS is a condition affecting the central nervous system of the body. This leads to symptoms such as muscle weakness, lack of coordination and balance, vision problems and trouble with thinking and memory. There is still no cure for MS.

IN TERMS OF THE SMH HALF MARATHON, WHAT PREPARATION DID YOU NEED TO DO PRIOR TO TAKING PART IN THIS EVENT?

Luckily, we stay pretty active so we do a fair bit of running already, but we definitely increased the length of the runs over the couple of months leading up to it. Also, plenty of hills and laying off the beers on a Saturday night helped!!!

NOW THAT THE EVENT IS OVER, HOW SUCCESSFUL DO YOU FEEL YOU WERE IN RAISING AWARENESS AND FUNDS?

The initial goal was to raise $2000 but we ended up raising $10,000 which was a huge effort. We had plenty of questions after from people asking about it and also our singlets helped with the exposure.

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ARE THERE ANY LINKS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH US TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS AROUND MS?

https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Get-Involved/Raise-Awareness

FINALLY, DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR OTHERS INTERESTED IN RAISING AWARENESS AROUND MS OR TAKING PART IN FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES FOR SUCH A CAUSE?

Raising money for a charity or a cause definitely helps provide added incentive to finish an event, and also doing it with your mates is very rewarding.

Niall Hoolahan
nhoolahan@sharpandcarter.com.au  

Patrick Ryan
pryan@sharpandcarter.com.au