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Six of the capital’s HELL stores helped raise more than $5000 for MS Wellington, as part of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week.

HELL Island Bay, Strathmore, Hataitai, Bond St, Cuba St and Northland each donated $1 from every double pizza sold and 50c from every snack pizza sold between 29 August and 4 September directly to the annual fundraiser.

MS Wellington committee member Hamish Bockett-Smith who has Multiple Sclerosis says the contribution made by HELL franchisees was “fantastic.” “They are just awesome. We can’t thank them enough for the enthusiasm they have shown. The $5000 they raised will make a huge difference for our charity.” MS Wellington operates on a very limited budget. Ten percent comes from the government, the rest from grants and donations. Almost all resources go towards funding field workers, who work directly with people affected by MS to help improve their quality of life. “Our field workers spend the majority of their time out on the road visiting people with MS,” says Hamish. “They advocate on their behalf with government services, help them access further support, and offer advice on how to manage their MS and lead as full a life as possible. “Their role is vital, especially for those who have recently been diagnosed; funding is a constant battle, so contributions like this make a huge difference.” HELL Northland franchisee PJ Buttar was thrilled to help. “It was a pleasure to be a part of it,” she says. “I don’t have a personal connection to anyone with MS, but the response from customers and staff was great. We sold about 100 more pizzas during the week than we normally would, which goes to show how the public got behind the cause.”


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