THIS BIKE HAS MS

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TitleTHIS BIKE HAS MS
ClientMS AUSTRALIA
Product / ServiceMS
CategoryB01. Education & Awareness (incl. Fundraising and Advocacy)
EntrantGREY MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Idea Creation GREY MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Media GREY MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
PR GREY MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Production GREY MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

The Campaign

To improve the understanding of MS and raise funds, we hid the debilitating symptoms of MS in the design of a bike. Working with Paralympian gold medallist Carole Cooke, neurologists, physiotherapists, bike mechanics, sport scientists and people living with MS we hid the debilitating symptoms of MS in its design. This bike was then ridden at the MS charity event by Olympic cyclist Shane Kelly. His struggle shocked spectators and journalists as the symptoms of MS made the bike so tough to ride they struggled to finish the charity race.

Creative Execution

Firstly, we built a bike with the symptoms of MS hidden inside its parts. To improve the understanding of MS and raise funds, we created a bike with MS. Teeth were removed from its gears to mimic spasticity. Ball bearings were tucked inside the handlebars to create pins and needles. The frame was made heavy and the wheels buckled to cause fatigue and offset balance forcing the rider to constantly fight against it just to keep it straight. Then the Bike was launched at the MS Melbourne Cycle The bike was ridden at a MS charity event by Olympic cyclist Shane Kelly. Live-streamed to an audience with a direct link to fundraising, spectators witnessed him struggle to even finish the charity ride. Shane commentated via live feeds on the massive toll the bike was taking on his body, shedding light on the symptoms of MS in an entirely new way.

This Bike has MS is the most far reaching campaign on record for MS Australia, outperforming the previous benchmark set by the previous campaign. Some stand out results include: • The story of the bike was covered in 63 countries • 13 health brands including 5 global pharmaceutical brands now use the bike for education • The bike has helped raise more than $1 million for MS treatment • New bikes are now being built in Japan, Germany, Mexico, Turkey, Australia and the USA • The campaign garnered more than 7 million in earned media.

“This bike has MS” was an idea that captured the attention and imagination of people across 63 countries, and garnered more than $7 million in earned media. All this by turning a cultural love of sport and cycling into a unique education tool for an unbelievably complex disease. Teeth were removed from its gears to mimic spasticity. Ball bearings were tucked inside the handlebars to create numbness. The frame was made heavy and the wheels buckled to offset balance forcing the rider to constantly fight to ride. The bike was ridden at a MS charity event by Olympic cyclist Shane Kelly,

The Strategy Use the experience of a bike ride to show the debilitating nature of MS. This was a 3-part strategy. 1. If language is our problem, stop talking. If words don’t do Multiple Sclerosis justice, we need to show people what we mean. Bring the symptoms to life in a way that was unmissable. 2. Create an education idea people want to spend time with, over time. Unless personally affected by MS, there is little motivation to spend time understanding the disease. If we were to create an education experience that shocked or scared people, the lifespan of the idea would be minimal. Create an idea that sparked curiosity and talkability, and we could hopefully create longer-term demand for our idea. 3. Turn the medium into the message. Turn a generic charity ride into something that speaks specifically to MS, and use this as a platform to drive donations.

Credits

Name Company Position
Michael Knox Grey Melbourne Chief Creative Officer / Managing Partner
Michael Knox Grey Melbourne Chief Creative Officer / Managing Partner
Claudia McInerney Grey Melbourne General Manager
Aaron Rocca Grey Melbourne Account Manager
Evan Karas Grey Melbourne Digital Director
Danish Chan Grey Melbourne National Planning Director
Katie Wellbelove Grey Melbourne Agency Producer
Adam Grant Grey Melbourne creative
Joash Tham Grey Melbourne creative
Ryland Summers Grey Melbourne Creative
Renee Luri Grey Melbourne Designer
Amahl Weererantne Grey Melbourne Finished Artist
Belle Thompson Grey Melbourne Digital and Social Manager
Jan Saunton MS Limited Australia MS Group Manager Marketing / Communications
Tegan Berry MS Limited Australia Marketing Specialist
Max Walter JUMP PRODUCTIONs Director
Daniel Gallagher DANIEL GALLAGHER DoP
Paul Baxter RISK SOUND Sound Engineer
Chris Brown TRACE HOUSE Editor
Leigh Cooke GLASS CASE PRODUCTIONS Editor
Peter Bennett METHOD STUDIOS Editor
Louis Petruccelli LOUIS PETRUCCELLI Photographer
Liane Hurvitz LIANE HURVITZ Photographer
Daniel Herrmann HELL STUDIOS Photographer
Nicholas Brosse GREY SINGAPORE Digital Project Manager
JunJek Low GREY SINGAPORE Digital Executive Creative
Sebastian Quek GREY SINGAPORE Digital Art Director
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