Down under flavours appeal to New York MDA supporters

New York, 30 June 2014

The Australian flavour of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual fundraising gala in New York continues to attract generous donors, with the 2014 event raising $288,000.

Three hundred and fifty supporters gathered at Manhattan’s Tribeca Rooftop in June to sample delicious food and wine tastings from Australia and New Zealand, including the second annual “Lamb Slam” cook-off.

With Macquarie the principal supporter of ‘A Taste Down Under’, New York employees Ange Burt, Natalie Bloomfield, Marcus Simper and Bridget Pastorelle worked together to contribute more than two-thirds of the total sum raised.

The funds raised will support a variety of important medical, social and recreational services for people living with muscular diseases, including MDA’s summer camps. These camps provide young people living with muscular dystrophy the opportunity to attend high-quality summer programs with a wide range of activities designed for children with physical limitations.

“The event was an incredible night,” Ange Burt said. “But the best experience of all was having the opportunity to join the kids at camp for a day a few weeks later. Seeing the children’s pure joy and confidence really helped me understand just how important this initiative is.”


Image caption: Macquarie New York’s Ange Burt receives an award from MDA camper Michael at the Taste of Down Under event in June.