Know that people are doing the best they can from their level of awareness. Accept people for who they are and always be ready to forgive. Deepak Chopra
August will be a busy month for us as we step up to start preparing for MS Awareness. Officially, MS Awareness runs for a week, from the 16th of September to the 22nd, but we are aiming to have activities throughout the month of September to help raise the level of understanding of MS in the community and also raise funds to support our work.
Street Appeal is one of our major fundraisers taking place from the 20th to the 22nd of September. Kelly, an AUT student studying event management, has joined us for the next 8 weeks to help us in organizing the event, which this year will be in 9 locations throughout Auckland.
We are very excited to have Shane Le Brun from MCANZ here at the end of the month. He will be giving a presentation on Medicinal Cannabis in Remuera, Henderson and Manukau. We hope you can take the opportunity to come along to one of the venues to learn more about how medicinal cannabis can be used to treat symptoms of MS and other conditions, and the proposed law changes surrounding it.
Find out more about the Medicinal Cannabis presentations, MS Awareness activities, and so much more in the following e-news. As always I welcome your feedback, suggestions and comments. Please send them to me directly at Ingrid@msakl.org.nz.
In this newsletter:
1. Medicinal Cannabis – All you need to know! Free seminar presentations 30th and 31st August
2. Who Should Win the Rugby World Cup Japan 2019?
3. Movie Night – “The Farewell” – Sunday 8 September
4. ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ returns! Tuesday 17th September – Save the date!
5. MS Street Appeal – Your help is needed!
6. Vehicle for sale with ramp access for wheelchair users
1. Medicinal Cannabis – All you need to know! Free seminar presentations 30th and 31st of August.
We are absolutely delighted to bring to you a presentation on Medicinal Cannabis led by Shane Le Brun from Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ. Shane will be explaining what medicinal cannabis is, how it is used, and discuss what the future might look like in New Zealand for medicinal cannabis, and answer any questions you have.
The seminar will be held 3 times in 3 different locations to enable as many people as possible to attend. We are also offering it free of charge to all MS members and will ask for donations at the door for all other guests.
Friday 30 August
1pm to 3pm Remuera Club, 27-33 Ohinerau Street, Remuera
Saturday 31 August
10am – noon Trust Arena, Henderson, 65-67 Central Park Drive (entrance at Gate A)
Saturday 31 August
2pm to 4pm Friendship House, 20 Putney Way, Manukau
You will need to register for the seminar so we will know how many chairs to put out and how much tea and coffee we will need. You can register at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 09 845 5921. Click here for more information.
2. Who Should win the Rugby World Cup Japan 2019?
“Who Should win the Rugby World Cup Japan 2019?” is a fabulous little must have pocket book for every person with any interest in Rugby. Milton Jennings has written and printed the book with 100% of every book sale going to support the services at MS Auckland.
You can purchase the book through his Give-a-Little page. Be sure to include your address in the comments to receive the book by post.
If you would like to pick up the book from the office it will cost you only $10 instead of $15. We have a number of books available at the office. E-mail Becky@msakl.org.nz to have a book set aside for you to collect.
This is a great little gift for family and friends and there is a limited amount available. Go to https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/rugby-world-cup2019 and order your book today!
3. Movie Night – “The Farewell” – Sunday 8 September
Fran, a long-time member of MS Auckland, is organizing a fundraising movie night in September for MS Awareness. “The Farewell” has won numerous awards and has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Fran would love you to support her fundraiser for MS.
Sunday 8 September 1:30pm at Hoyts Berkeley in Mission Bay, $25 ticket price includes a raffle ticket to win some fabulous prizes. Book today! E-mail email@example.com to book your ticket.
4. Laughter is the Best Medicine!
Tuesday 17th of September – Save the Date!Back by popular demand! Sam Smith will once again host a night of comedy at the Comedy Classic on Queen Street. This will be the third year that Sam has done this for us. He volunteers his time and rounds up his comedian friends who all volunteer to put on a brilliant night of comedy for MS Awareness.
Tickets will go on sale by mid-August. We will send out a notice once they are on sale. In the meantime mark the day on your calendar, round up your friends and get ready for a great night out!
5. MS Street Appeal - 20 – 22 September
Our big annual Street Appeal is drawing closer! Liz now has Kelly on board to help out over the next 8 weeks in getting the rosters ready for three days of street collecting.
If you have already put your name down for collecting then you will be hearing from Kelly over the next week. If you don’t receive a call please phone the office on 09 845 5921.
If you haven’t yet put your name down can you spare a few hours on either Friday the 20th of September, Saturday the 21st or Sunday the 22nd to help us out?
You may like to organise something special at your work or with your community group? Perhaps a morning or afternoon tea or a Friday night social event? If you have an idea, or would like to talk some ideas through with us, please contact Liz on 09 845 5921 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will happily help you set something up and supply you with resources to help make your event successful.
We would love to hear from you if, you could spare a few hours or organise an event. Please drop us a line on email@example.com or call 09 845 5921.
6. Vehicle for Sale – 2007 Renault Kangoo Van Auto 1600cc
This lovely little red Renault import has a ramp in the back to easily transport a person using a wheelchair.
It has driven 51,000 miles (or 82,000 km) and has been with the owner for 5 years. The WOF will be renewed in August for the new owner.
The owner would like the car to go to someone with MS and is offering to sell it for only $5,000. If you are interested or would like more information call Milton on 027 564 5866 or email Milton@stmadvice.co.nz
Some last words…..
I would like to finish by sharing a lovely story with you. One of our MS people, Judith, has her house cleaned by a woman who also cleans another man’s house who also has MS. The cleaning lady was concerned about the man and asked Judith what was available for support. Judith told her about MS Auckland and the cleaning lady passed this on to the man. Since then the man has had a visit from an MS Community Advisor and was very happy with all the information and support he received. He is doing so much better now. I’d like to say a big thank you to the cleaning lady for referring her client on to us. If you know of someone with MS who is not connected to us, please pass them our information, or ask if you can refer them to us. They may not need support today, but they may appreciate being connected and knowing what’s available for them if they ever need it.
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Have a wonderful month of August lovely people!
With warm wishes,