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Simon Conway  July 14, 2017 11:12 AM

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Zach Merrett's boots will be auctioned following the game against St Kilda in an effort to raise money for people affected by multiple sclerosis.

Essendon star Zach Merrett has launched a campaign to help families suffering from multiple sclerosis.

The condition interferes with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves and affects more than 23,000 people across the country.

Merrett has seen the impact first hand, with his Mum, Cathy, suffering from the disease.

The Crichton Medal winner wants to raise $30,000 to help families affected by the condition.

You can donate here.

Merrett and teammates Joe Daniher and Brendon Goddard will wear specially designed boots during the match against St Kilda.

The signed boots will then be auctioned after the game to raise further funding.

You can place a bid here.

“This round I’m going to wear some red and white boots in recognition of the MS community and hopefully raise some awareness on Friday night footy in front of 50,000 screaming Essendon supporters,” Merrett said.

“It’s going to be given back to MS sufferers and the families in need.

“Ultimately it’s about showing some support for that community.

“With Mum having it my whole life I’ve seen it first hand.

“I’ve been fortunate that Mum has been very stubborn and proud and not shown much weakness.

“I see a lot of other families struggling probably more than what my brother and I have growing up, so it will be good to support those families in need.”