Things never seem to slow down for us here in the MS Auckland office. There is always a lot to do. We are always very grateful to our volunteers who help us in so many ways. Our Annual Christmas party which is on the 11th of December, is one way for us to say ‘thank-you’ to our volunteers.

I’m working hard to get the last magazine of the year out to you. A big thank you goes to Susan at Underdog Design ( She has done our magazine layout and design this year. Hasn’t she done a great job! If you receive the magazine in the post, then hopefully you will receive it by early December. If you don’t receive a copy in the post, but would like to, just let Becky know and she will add you to the distribution list. Becky’s e-mail is All magazines are also available on our website.

In this issue:

1. Bike the Bridge – Sunday 13 November

2. Awareness Video #2

3. Annual Christmas Lunch – Sunday 11 December

4. Noel Leeming – Family and Friends discounts

5. Save the Date – Big Fundraising event for 2017

6. Christmas hours

1. Bike the Bridge – Sunday 13 November

I am getting so very excited about this event! I’ll be riding it for the first time together with my husband. It’s not too late to register. Just click here.

If you don’t want to ride but would like to support the cause, you can make a direct donation to us through our bank account – 12 3047 0088939 00. Put BTB as the reference and your last name so we can send you a donation receipt.

We could also use a few more early morning volunteers. If you can help us at 5am with parking please e-mail Kirsty at She will be very grateful!

2. Awareness Video #2

The second in the 3 part MS Awareness series is now out and can be viewed at –

Please watch and share it with your friends and networks.

3. Annual Christmas Lunch – Sunday 11 December

Come and join us for our Annual Christmas luncheon! Good food and lots of fun guaranteed  Please be sure to RSVP.. I would love to see you there.

4. Noel Leeming – Family and friends discounts

From Monday 14 November to Sunday 20 November Noel Leeming are offering big discounts for family and friends of MS Societies.

MS Auckland and MSNZ will both be benefitting from sales profits, so it is an opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping and fundraise for MS at the same time.

The flyer is downloadable here. Show it when you go to your Noel Leeming store.

5. Save the Date – Clash of the Hemispheres – 6 June 2017

Fundraising is so very important to enable us to continue to provide our services including – Field Worker services, Hydrotherapy, Yoga, Research Day, Wellness Workshops, Minimize Fatigue & Maximize Life programme, as well as other information, advocacy and awareness programmes and projects.

Our big event in 2017 will be a Charity dinner/Auction on 6 June 2017 at Eden Park. We are taking advantage of the big British Lions Tour in New Zealand. The event will be just before the first game against the Auckland Blues at Eden Park. We have secured Jeremy Corbett as the MC and have Graham Henry and Phil Gifford as confirmed guests, with more still to come!

This is a premier event with tickets selling at $3,000 for a Table of 10. There will be a few early bird tables available for $2700/table of 10. We hope to entice lots of corporate tables. If you would like to secure an early bird table we can take your booking with payment now.

Fidelity Life, Harcourt’s Cooper and Co. and Mazda are our wonderful sponsors. We will require further sponsorship for this event, so if you are interested or if you know a company that would be interested please get in touch with me directly at to discuss the opportunities.

6. Christmas hours

Hydrotherapy hours over Christmas are as follows:

PoolFinal 2016 ClassesOpening 2017 Classes
Lloyd ElsmoreTuesday 13th DecemberTuesday 7th February
MillenniumWednesday 7th DecemberWednesday 8th February
ManurewaWednesday 30th NovemberWednesday 8th February
EpsomThursday 22nd DecemberThursday 19th January
WestwaveFriday 16th DecemberFriday 10th February
Dio – (At Mount Albert*)Saturday 17th DecemberSaturday 21th January

*From the 26th of November until next year the Saturday sessions usually at Diocesan Girls Grammar School will be held at Mt Albert pool – 38 Alberton Ave, Mt Albert

The office will close on Friday the 23rd of December and reopen on Monday 16 January.

Until next time, look after yourselves, look after each other, and keep smiling 

With warm wishes,

General Manager, MS Auckland

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