Raise your glass to raising awareness for Friedreichs Ataxia with this new local gin
11.11.2021

Raise your glass to raising awareness for Friedreichs Ataxia with this new local gin

Words by Alice McDonald

Move, sip and cure with this Geelong local’s gin.

Leah, the creator behind ruby seven, who we know and love for her reusable coffee cups, has now come out with her own line of stylish looking gin made by Award-winning Timboon Railway Shed Distillery.

Leah is known around locally as a remarkable woman who spends so much of her time and energy raising money and awareness for Friedreich’s Ataxia, or FA. FA is an extremely rare neurological disorder that affects every 1 in 40,000 people.

It is a progressive disease that slowly but surely affects mobility, speech and balance. In addition to the movement impairments, there is often a loss of sensation in the arms and legs, which may spread to other parts of the body. Other features include loss of normal reflexes, especially in the knees and ankles, and muscle weakness. Many individuals with later stages of FA also develop hearing and vision loss. Currently there is no cure.

Ruby seven proudly donates $5 of every product sold to FARA, a foundation that raises money for research and support to those living with FA.

There is so much that is remarkable to Leah’s story, from naming her brand after her two kids Milla Ruby and Chad Seven, to always being such an active member of the Geelong community and giving back to others with FA. And now she’s adding a bottle of her own gin to the list.

Josh Walker, owner of Timboon Railway Shed Distillery, met Leah at a friend’s wedding in early 2021.

“After spending time with Leah and seeing the challenges that she had to endure every day, it got me thinking,” said Josh. “I wanted to work with Leah, collaborate on a product that celebrated her and helped raise the profile of this disease.”

“This was a disease he knew nothing about until he met me,” Leah says.

“My answer was a resounding yes. Friedreich Ataxia has robbed me and many others of their mobility. It is degenerative so I’m in a race to find a cure.”

Josh has spent six months developing this new gin with plenty of help from Leah, as well as acclaimed Victorian Surf Coast artist Morgan Jamieson, who designed the beautiful label.

“It even carries the Ruby Seven name, the brand name of Leah’s spill-proof, disability-inclusive cups, in recognition of her involvement,” explains Josh.

The ‘Move. Sip. Cure.’ gin will be available to purchase as of November 12 with $7 from every bottle sold going to fara Australia. With a sleek and stylish pink label, this 700ml bottle will fit perfectly on your liquor shelf.

Who wouldn’t feel amazing having a G&T that goes towards vital research to ensure better life quality for others?

 

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Definitely something to raise your glass for, the Move. Sip. Cure. are $80 a pop and can be found on the website here where you can also pick up one of ruby seven’s very popular reusable cups.

To learn more about FA research and FARA head to the foundation’s page here.