Wednesday, April 03, 2019

e-newsletter April 2019

e-newsletter April 2019


“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller

Everything is in place now for our big fundraising event of the year Life Buoy for MS. We have a fantastic variety of exquisite prizes, an MC extraordinaire, a talented and very special guest, a beautiful venue, delicious food and drink, a wonderful line up of volunteer helpers, and three generous community sponsors! I hope you will be able to join us for this wonderful event, raising funds for services for people living with MS.

More information on Life Buoy is in this newsletter, along with other items of interest:

1. Life Buoy for MS 2019 – Purchase your tickets today!
2. MS Auckland AGM
3. Seeking capable disability leaders for governance groups and advisory boards
4. Free online course on MS
5. Free independent living expo - Ellerslie Event Centre 23 May
6. Disability Awareness Day – Pakuranga Saturday 13 April
7. MS Magazine out now
8. Zeosoft and Magic Mud - Natural skincare and cleaning products supporting MS Auckland




1. Life Buoy for MS 2019 – Purchase your tickets today!  

The excitement is building up as we prepare for Life Buoy for MS 2019. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. For only $85 you will get a delicious lunch, wonderful entertainment and the opportunity to bid on some amazing prizes, including a Helen Pollock bronze sandals sculpture ‘Gone West’ which was inspired by Barry Brickell. Helen exhibits every year at Sculpture OnShore. This year, through her friend Joan, whose husband passed away with MS, she made the decision to also contribute to support services for people living with Ms.


Other pieces of Art will include two original paintings;
This original piece of work entitled ‘Hermit Crabs’ was donated by Philippa Bentley. It is framed and ready to hang on your wall.

This original piece by Graham Young is entitled ‘Sea Kayaking’. It is featured in his latest book ‘New Zealand – A Painted Journey’, and a signed copy of the book will be included in this prize package.

If you aren’t into art then there will be so much more to bid on from experiences, getaways, food, clothing and memorabilia to name a few.

Tickets are only $85/person. Buy a table of 10 for $850. Don’t miss out. Book your tickets today by e-mailing events@msakl.org.nz with your name and contact details and how many tickets you are purchasing. Tickets can be paid for directly online at ASB 12 3047 0088939 00 (your name as reference). Alternatively, you can pay by credit card. Once we receive your booking we will notify you to confirm your tickets and, if required, get your credit card details.

More information is available here. Contact Liz to secure your tickets today! Or phone 09 845 5921.


2. MS Auckland Annual General Meeting –Tuesday 9 April 2019, 7pmI hope you will be able to join us this year for our Annual Meeting. The committee will have updates on our future planning developments and will also be presenting honorary life memberships.

It will be held at the Remuera Club from 7pm to 9pm. Our special guest speaker is MS Nurse, Fiona d’Young. Fiona’s talk is entitled: Improving services for PwMS: Teamwork makes the dream work, a story about collaboration with the ADHB MS nursing team and MS Auckland.

Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP if you are planning to attend.

Are you interested in joining the MS Auckland Committee?
This is a volunteer commitment with meetings generally held every 6 to 8 weeks. Currently, meetings are on a Wednesday from 12noon until 2pm. Current committee members are profiled on our website - https://www.msakl.org.nz/committee. For more information on the MS Auckland Committee, you can talk to current committee members or e-mail me at Ingrid@msakl.org.nz.


3. Seeking capable disability leaders for governance groups and advisory boardsThe Office for Disability Issues has been asked by the Government to recommend capable disability leaders for governance boards and advisory groups. They are seeking Expressions of Interest from disabled people who are interested in a role on a governance board, committee or working group for central government agencies.

If you are interested, you will need to complete the survey below. The information you give will be used for nominations to boards and committees.

Before applying, please read the background information in the web link below about the Expressions of Interest process and how the survey works.
Link: https://www.odi.govt.nz/whats-happening/expressions-of-interest-for-the-office-for-disability-issues-nominations-database/

If you have any questions, please contact ODI at odi@msd.govt.nz or phone/text: 029 495 0010.


4. Free online course ‘Understanding Multiple Sclerosis’ – University of Tasmania'Understanding Multiple Sclerosis (MS)' is a free online course that aims to improve understanding and awareness of MS. It starts on the 29th of April and about a 2 hour weekly effort is required for this 6 week course.
To register and find out more go to https://ms.mooc.utas.edu.au/index.php

5. Free Independent Living Expo – Ellerslie Event Centre 23 MayRegistrations for this free expo are now open. More information is available here:

6. Disability Awareness Day – Saturday 13 April, Pakuranga, Auckland40+ stallholders specialising in disability will be at this event at St Kentigern College, Pakuranga. There will also be plenty of activities and events, like wheelchair Tai Chi, wheelchair Self Defense, Sign Language music, Korean Drums, Indian Dance and more!

It is free of charge and wheelchair accessible. To find out more go to https://firstport.co.nz/events/events/disability-awareness-day/ -


7. MS Magazine – out nowOur magazine is out now. You can access it through our website by clicking here.

If you would like to be on our mailing list to receive the magazine in the post please contact Becky at becky@msakl.org.nz.


8. Zeosoft and Magic Mud - Natural skincare and cleaning products supporting MS AucklandYou can support MS every time you purchase a Zeosoft or Magic Mud product. Up to 40% of the sale will go to support MS Auckland services.
When ordering remember to put MS into the promotion or coupon box to show your support and to ensure we receive the 40%.

Have a lovely April and we’ll be back again next month with more news and updates.

Until next time,
Best wishes,

Ingrid Minett
General Manager

Thank you to our Life Buoy 2019 community sponsors