Thursday, May 04, 2017

e-newsletter April 2017

e-newsletter April 2017

April it seems is another month of holidays. Not that I’m complaining though! After a very busy start to the year, I’m looking forward to some extra days off to rest and unwind. The office will be closed for Good Friday and Easter Monday and of course for ANZAC day. 

Preparations are well underway now for our biggest Fundraising event of the year – Clash of the Hemispheres. This will be an extravagant evening affair with dinner and a charity auction and some fabulous entertainment on offer. More about the event can be found below.

Fundraising is unfortunately a reality for charities these days. We have a few fundraising events each year and are so very appreciative of the generosity and kindness of the community.

In this issue:

1. MS Auckland AGM – with special Guest Speakers

2. May Wellness Workshop – Please note the change of date

3. Magazine – Multiple News

4. Clash of the Hemispheres – Exclusive Celebrity Rugby Debate and Charity Auction!

5. Entertainment Book

6. Freedom chair

7. Joining the MS Auckland Community


1. MS Auckland AGM

AGM’s are often boring, so we have included some wine and nibbles and interesting guest speakers, to hopefully entice you to join us this year. We will also be honouring Dr Ernie Willoughby for his years of dedicated service to MS. This year’s AGM is much more than an AGM! It is sure to be an interesting and memorable event.

Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017

Time 5:30 for wine and nibbles

6:00pm – AGM followed by our very special guest speakers

Venue ILS, 14 Erson Avenue, Royal Oak, Auckland

Special Guest speakers – Dr Ernie Willoughby and Dr Wallace Brownlee

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to be on the MS Auckland Committee please contact MS Auckland or visit our website for nomination and proxy forms. Please note that nominations must be received by us by 5pm on the 11th of April to be considered.

For catering purposes please RSVP to info@msakl.org.nz or phone 09 845 5921.

2. May Wellness Workshop – Date Change!

Our May Wellness Workshop will now be held on Saturday the 27th of May.

We are pleased to have our own Field Worker, Carol Andrews, lead this workshop which she has entitled ‘Let’s talk about fatigue’. It is sure to be an enjoyable morning exploring strategies and coping mechanisms for fatigue. Please join us and considering sharing things you have found useful.

Date: Saturday 27 May

Time: 10am to Noon

Where: Commerce Club of Auckland, 27-33 Ohinerau Street, Remuera

Cost: $10/person

Book: To reserve your spot please e-mail events@msakl.org.nz or phone 09 845 5921 no later than Wednesday 24 May

3. MS Auckland Magazine

Our March magazine is now out. If you haven’t received a copy it can be downloaded here. If you would like to be on our mailing list to receive a hard copy please send an email to Kirsty@msakl.org.nz.

If you would like to send in your story, a recipe, or an item of interest to the MS community please send it to me at Ingrid@msakl.org.nz. Also, if you are interested in advertising goods or services, please contact me to discuss options and costs.

4. Clash of the Hemispheres –
www.coth4ms.com - Exclusive Celebrity Rugby Debate and Charity Auction – 6 June 2017

Some members of the Clash of the Hemispheres committee visited the Eden Park venue the other day to plan out the logistics with seating, stage, lights, music, and displays. What a marvelous venue!

The excitement of the evening event continues to build! If you haven’t already, please go to our event website www.coth4ms.com and check out the event information. Some silent auction items are now on line and are available to be bid on.

You need to register to bid on items or to check out the price of tickets and to purchase tickets. There is no commitment with registration and it just takes a moment so please click on the site now and register!

Please pass this on to your workplace, friends and relatives and invite them to buy a table or a ticket and join us for a memorable evening while supporting multiple sclerosis.

We are also still accepting auction Items and sponsorships. For more information please contact Ingrid at Ingrid@msakl.org.nz or Nina on bigday@xtra.co.nz.

5. Entertainment Book

Once again we are selling the Entertainment Book. The book is bigger this year than in past years and they have increased the price to $70. MS Auckland receives $14 from every book sold. The book is loaded with vouchers and you don’t have to use too many of them to get your $70 back. We have bought one every year and have enjoyed exploring new restaurants with friends and sharing the book with our son and his flatmates.

To purchase your book and support MS Auckland please click here: www.entbook.co.nz/999g62.

6. Freedom Chair

Paul Monk, who brought in the Zinger Chair, is now also selling the Freedom Chair. He is finding that this is much better for people with MS.

The Freedom Chair is great for both indoors and outdoors as well as for travel. It is one of the lightest and most versatile alternatives to a mobility scooter. Driving it is easy. Simply press the power button on the controller, set the speed and use the joystick to move around. The controller manages speed and braking.

Low speed is perfect for around the house or in buildings. Manoeuvring in passageways and through doors is easy and this also makes it safe for beginners to learn with confidence. Medium speed is perfect for keeping pace with sidewalk traffic or a friend on foot. In High, the Freedom Chair will take you up to 7 KPH.

To arrange a personal demonstration call Paul on: 0800 466 626 or Email: paul@montec.nz

7. Joining the MS Auckland Community

You hopefully will have received a letter from us last month telling you about the changes this year for MS Auckland ‘membership’. We are not removing the standard ‘membership’ option, but if that is not for you, or if you would like something different, we hope you will consider being part of the MS Auckland community by joining with a donation - either with an annual community gift or through regular giving. You will receive all the benefits that previous ‘membership’ offered, with the only exclusion currently being voting rights at general meetings. That said though, your voice on our work will always be heard and is very important to us.

Even if you do not currently require the services of MS Auckland or even if you don’t personally have MS, we hope you will consider being part of the MS Auckland Community. This will help us in continuing to fund our services as well as helping us with our advocacy work for improving access to treatment and services for people with MS. It is the kindness and generosity of people like you over the past 50+ years that has enabled MS Auckland t continue to serve the MS community.

To join us please go to our website or call the office on 09 845 5921.

And just to close, a reminder that MS Auckland is also on Facebook, providing you with interesting stories and news from Auckland, New Zealand and around the world.

Wishing you a peaceful Easter and much happiness J

Ingrid Minett
General Manager