Thursday, 13 June 2013

Community Participation - Angelo Lofitis (@alofitis)

Angelo Lofitis - Director of Century 21 Synergy

Property and real estate has been a big part of my professional and family life. I grew up in a household with many family members working in the real estate industry.  We started with an independent real estate office in Arncliffe NSW in 1973. Having identified growth opportunities in the inner west, we moved the business to Marrickville soon after. Our family has gone on to prosper through multiple real estate business ventures. Another significant part of my life has been my relationship with the disease known as Multiple Sclerosis or MS (in short). One of my family member has been struck by this debilitating disease. This in turn has been a great education for me.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with MS, below is a brief overview on MS.

Multiple Sclerosis - A Basic Overview

First described in 1868 by Jean-Martin Charcot, MS is a inflammatory disease in which myelin sheaths around axons of the brain and spinal cord are damaged. These damages lead to loss of myelin and scarring. While little is known of the cause of this disease the underlying mechanism is thought to be either destruction by the immune system or failure of the myelin-producing cells. These changes affect the ability of nerve cells to communicate resulting in a wide range of physical and mental difficulties.

MS is often thought to be more common amongst women and the onset typically occurs in young adults. The neurological symtoms are known to compromise day to day activities that healthy bodies take for granted. 

Basic Overview contain references extracted from Wikipedia

Having been exposed to a love one who suffers from MS, I have had the privilege to deal with some difficult situations. Through these challenges, I have grown to understand more about the daily effects of the disease. My experience with MS has motivated me to spread awareness on the subject and play a more active role on raising money to support MS sufferers. 

My participation as a multiple sclerosis ambassador for Century 21 Synergy would mean I am able to harness my in depth knowledge of this disease and utilize my profile in the business community to spread awareness of the disease. MS sufferers require our support. In the year 2012, I have raised much needed funds for MS Australia through my team TOP RAISERS.

TOP Raisers is a not for profit organization. Our aim at TOP RAISERS is to join forces as members of our community and help raise money to support 21,000 Australians living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Every year Top Raisers participate in the MS Gong Ride. Various teams cycle from Sydney to Wollongong on the first sunday in November to raise money for multiple sclerosis.

In 2012 I personally rally a team of participants, thirty three in total to raise money for this cause through fun and friendly participation. Top Raisers secured Sylvania BMW as a major brand partner. Through their sponsorship monetary support was contributed. Top Raisers ranked 17th out of 750 fundraising teams. Along with private sponsorship, we were able to raised over $27,000.

MS is a disease that affects many lives and their respective families. We must continue to support the sufferers and their families. As a committment to this significant cause Century 21 Synergy will donate 5% from all properties sold between now and the Gong ride in November 2013. 

Please show your support and participate:

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