Creating Awareness for Motor Neurone Disease

About zo-ee

Over the past number of years, zo-ee has donated over $600,000 towards research for Motor Neurone Disease and continues to raise money by holding events such as our annual cocktail party “MotorOn”.

zo-ee was formed in 2005 by a group of close young professional friends after a committee member’s mother was diagnosed with MND.

Apart from raising funds for research and creating a greater awareness for the disease, zo-ee was dedicated to supporting sufferers of MND and their families by trying to defeat this low profile, but fatal disease.

Click here to view our zo-ee Research Grant funded projects.

zo-ee foundation has now closed, and thanks everyone for their support over the years.  Together, we’ve raised over $600,000 for research into MND. This money was received by, and administered by MND association of Victoria, a registered charity and the premier body for MND in Victoria.


Our Volunteers

  • Gina Gonis – President & Co-founder of zo-ee
  • Gina is President and co-founder of zo-ee, and was inspired to join Karen and the team in launching zo-ee after Karen’s mother’s illness with the disease. Gina’s a law clerk in her professional time, but is passionate about people from all walks of life and getting out and about.
  • Leanne Delis – Vice President & Co-founder of zo-ee
  • Leanne is a co-founder of zo-ee and has a very strong passion for the committee.  Leanne’s aim is to create awareness and raise funds for MND by giving her time and encouraging others to support zo-ee through sponsorship and attending events.  Leanne was born in Melbourne and has been working in the Recruitment industry for over 10 years.  Leanne also enjoys spending time with her friends and family, travelling and looking after her well-being.
  • Karen Mustica – Founder of zo-ee
  • zo-ee was established in 2005 by Karen following her mother’s diagnosis of MND. Feeling helpless about the prospect of facing a disease which has no cure, Karen inspired a group of friends to get together and raise money in the way they knew best – throw a party! In February 2006, the first MotorOn ball raised an astounding $25,000, and the rest is history. Karen has now stepped outside of the spotlight to focus on having her third child, but attends regular meetings and encourages the team from the sidelines.
Marcus King – Web & Social Community Engagement Lead Marcus has been with the zo-ee team for a few years now, and brings to zo-ee his expertise in business development and stakeholder management to ensure zo-ee can continue to grow successfully. Marcus loves to take new members under his wing to ensure their individual skills and attributes flourish in a team environment.
Begona Zwickler-Foncueva - Committee MemberBegona joined Zo-ee in 2012 after her husband Horst passed away from MND in June 2012.  He was a fit 48 year old and the diagnosis came out of the blue in June 2011.   Being DINKDIs (double income, no kids, dog instead) they travelled often to Thailand and Africa (on safari).  Horst was part of a worldwide double blind trial for a new drug.  Begona runs two businesses, enjoys food, wine, photography and walking the dog.   New to fundraising she looks forward to being part of a team that raises awareness and funding for scientific research.
Brett Barraclough – Committee MemberBrett joined zo-ee in 2010 after reading Karen’s letter “A Word for Life’ in the MNDA newsletter.  Brett’s father passed away in 2007.  Brett works as a radiation therapist at the Peter Macallum Cancer Centre and is a highly talented artist.
Krystal Sarandis– Committee MemberKrystal’s father, Nick was recently diagnosed with MND, and with little known by her family of the disease has embarked on a journey that so many Australian’s must face each year.  Her father is her inspiration and her family a pillar of strength, and with zo-ee hope to help others affected by MND.  Krystal works within the fashion industry which helps her ‘explore’ another two passions, shopping and travelling!
Ally & Kate Probert – Committee MembersAlly and her sister Kate have recently joined the zo-ee team. Motor Neuron Disease has tragically taken the lives of their Father, Grandmother and 3 other family members.  Ally & Kate are inspired in work of researchers and want to contribute to ensure we see a cure.
Brooke Langskaill VolunteerBrooke joined zo-ee in 2012 after losing her Mum to MND.  Knowing little about the disease, Brooke was inspired by zo-ee’s fundraising efforts and commitment towards a cure.  Brooke is passionate about raising awareness and much-needed funds for MND and in her spare time enjoys reading, travelling, and being surrounded by family, friends, and her dog Twinkle.
Melanie Pasias – VolunteerMelanie joined zo-ee in 2009 after her father was diagnosed with MND. She was excited that such a group existed and felt that it was important to be able to do something positive and be pro-active during that time. Melanie is committed to raising funds for MND until a cure is found. Melanie works as a lawyer.
Samantha Tallent and Lauren Tong – Our newest Committee Members!