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Docklander - May 2015

28 Apr 2015

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On your bike

For Caroline Streeter, the best part about living in Docklands is the fact that she very rarely has to drive anywhere.

“It’s two wheels or two feet, my car doesn’t leave the garage very often,” Ms Streeter said.

With walking and cycling being her usual mode of transport, it comes as no surprise that Ms Streeter took part in the MS Melbourne Cycle last month.

The annual event raises funds to support people with multiple sclerosis (MS), which is the most common neurological condition in young adults.

MS affects the central nervous system and results in damage to the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, which can cause a range of symptoms.

Ms Streeter was diagnosed with MS ten years ago but says so far she has been “almost untouched” by the disease.

“I’m very fortunate so what I like to do is just stand up and be counted now,” Ms Streeter said.

“From what they tell me there aren’t too many people with MS who can do the bike ride so it’s nice to show people that it’s not all doom and gloom and to raise awareness.”

Ms Streeter says she has taken part in the event most years since her diagnosis and will participate with one of her daughters and a group of friends in this year’s 50 kilometre cycle.

Living with her husband and two daughters in the townhouse section of Yarra’s Edge, Ms Streeter said she was looking forward to watching the area develop during the Wharf’s Entrance project.

“I think it will be great when we have a café and a gym down this end,” Ms Streeter said.

The family moved from Port Melbourne to Docklands four and a half years ago in search of a bigger home closer to the city.

“I was right on the beach before and now I’m on the river,” Ms Streeter said.

Having moved to the area in search of a bigger house as her children grew older, Ms Streeter says she’ll likely stay in Docklands even after her daughters move out of the family home.

“Having lived on this side of town for so long I couldn’t imagine leaving. I think we’ll stay but probably move into an apartment instead. I love being so close to town and being so close to the freeway.”

“I love it here, I love the fact that I can hop on my bike or walk just about anywhere.”

Donations to the MS Melbourne Cycle can be made at http://www.msmelbournecycle.org.au/

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