Monday, July 22, 2019

e-newsletter July 2019

e-newsletter July 2019

If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health. Hippocrates

Hello July! Here we are halfway through the year already. Are you like me and wondering where the first 6 months went to? The best thing about July for me is that the winter solstice has passed and we are now climbing back up to longer daylight hours and springtime! In the meantime are you getting good nourishment and exercise to keep you healthy through the winter? Have you tried our fabulous hydrotherapy classes that are offered in pools across Auckland each week? Or have you checked out our lovely exercise class now running again in Henderson? Whatever you do, remember to keep your body moving and feed it well with antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.

We have a new job title for our MS Field Workers. They will now be known as your MS Community Advisors. We have been working on a new name for a few years now, as Field Workers just didn’t fit anymore. They were being confused with people who work in fields or people who collect field samples! Your lovely MS Community Advisors will still be offering the same friendly, holistic service they always have. Just their role title has now finally changed.

I hope you enjoy reading our newsletter this month. I always welcome your feedback, suggestions, and comments. Please send them to me directly at Ingrid@msakl.org.nz.

In this newsletter:

1. MCANZ survey
2. Carer’s Strategy Action plan – your views are wanted
3. Exercise4Health – Henderson classes continue
4. Chair Yoga in Takapuna
5. Volunteers needed – MS Street Appeal
6. Entertainment book
7. Zeosoft and Magic Mud - Natural skincare and cleaning products supporting MS Auckland
8. Facebook


1. MCANZ survey
MCANZ is New Zealands only registered charity dedicated to improving access to Cannabis-Based Medicines. They are currently undertaking New Zealand’s first piece of research dedicated to summarizing usage trends in the illicit market, in order to better inform prescribers and policymakers about barriers and usage habits and demographics.

If you use illicit cannabis for therapeutic purposes and would like to participate, please click the link below to take the survey, which should take between 15-20 minutes.


You can also find out more about MCANZ from their website - https://mcanz.org.nz/.


2. Carer’s Strategy Action Plan
Do you provide care to someone who needs help with day-to-day living? The Ministry of Social Development would like to hear from you.

Please find here information on upcoming consultation by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) on the Carers' Strategy Action Plan 2019-23. The Ministry of Health is working closely with MSD and the Carers Alliance on this action plan. The draft plan includes a number of actions to better support carers (including actions related to respite, I Choose, continence and financial supports for carers).

They would love to hear from you as part of the consultation.Please consider completing their on-line survey - https://careforcarers.nz/.


3. Exercise4Health – Henderson
Land based exercise programme for people with MS or who have had a stroke
Our Exercise4Health class in Henderson will be continuing next term. Classes will resume on Wednesday the 24th of July for another 10 week term. They are held at the Trust Stadium Gym at 65 Central Park Drive, Henderson. Cost is only $50 for the 10 weeks.

A few of the benefits from the participants who have been attending include an improvement in fatigue and balance.

If you are interested in signing up plese contact Physio Rehab Group on 09 524 0633 or by e-mail neuro@physiorehabgroup.co.nz


4. Chair Yoga in Takapuna
In June we offered 4 Chair Yoga sessions on Monday afternoon in Takapuna with the wonderful Holly. We are still uncertain if this will be continuing next term. Call us on 09 845 5921 or check our website for updates: www.msakl.org.nz.


5. Volunteers Needed – MS Street Appeal 20 – 22 September
It’s coming up to that time of year again when we hit the streets to raise awareness and funds for the on-going support of our community services.

Can you spare a few hours on either Friday the 20th of September, Saturday the 21st or Sunday the 22nd to help us out with our appeal?

We have chosen the prime sites for us to be at this year and plan to maximise the number of volunteers and days we have at each site. We are also looking at setting up a text-to-give to make giving easier in our cashless society.

Alternatively you may like to do 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 streetappeal@msakl.org.nz. 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, whether you would like to donate a few hours, or organise an event. Please drop us a line on streetappeal@msakl.org.nz or call 09 845 5921.


6. Entertainment Books for 2019 - 2020
We are once again fundraising through the Entertainment Book. The new 2019 - 2020 Entertainment Book is packed with thousands of valuable offers. At only $70 this is a great deal. Every book sold will go to support the work of MS Auckland. Just click this link to order your book today! https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/999g62


7. Zeosoft and Magic Mud - Natural skincare and cleaning products supporting MS Auckland
You 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%.


8. Facebook Join us on Facebook for more news, events, updates and interesting tidbits!

Have a lovely July, good people!

With warm wishes,

Ingrid Minett
General Manager