Tuesday, June 20, 2017

e-newsletter June 2017

e-newsletter June 2017


There is a general sigh of relief at MS Auckland that our big fundraising event of the year is now behind us! And there are lots of smiles too that the event was successful by all measures – we made more money than what we had anticipated, we raised awareness of MS (mainly due to the live news coverage on NewsHub, but also due to all the free marketing exposure we managed to obtain), and people who attended the event enjoyed their night out.

I have to confess that the fundraising part of my work is not my favourite. I truly wish that we could be fully funded to provide the valuable services that we deliver to people living with Multiple Sclerosis and their families.

Unfortunately, having a fundraising event each year is important to us to keep operating. However for our small office team, and our dedicated volunteers it is a huge undertaking that takes much time and effort and lots of goodwill! We feel however that doing this each year is not sustainable! We keep looking at other ways in which we can secure funds. Any ideas and suggestions are most welcome!

Our very talented Projects Co-ordinator, Kirsty, is taking a much needed break this week. When she comes back next week she will be getting into organising our Annual Street Appeal. This is our other big Awareness and Fundraising event that we hold each year, and once again is a mammoth effort of coordination of sites and people in locations throughout Greater Auckland.

In this issue:

 1.Upcoming programmes and workshops
2.MS Awareness Week and Street Appeal
3.For Sale on behalf of our members
    b.Toyota Runx adapted with left hand controls
4.Jubilee Sailing Trust – Day Sail on Sunday 25 June aboard the magnificent Tall Ship, Tenacious

1. Upcoming Programmes and Courses

Group Counselling course – We held our first Group Counselling session in March in Manukau. The Tui Centre provided us with Val, a phycologist who expertly led the sessions throughout the 6 weeks. The feedback from all who attended was overwhelmingly positive. We are fortunate that Val is available to run another 6 week course for us. This time we are holding it in the North, at the Whangaparoa Library. The session will start on the 24th of July and finish on the 28th of August. Each session is 2 hours. The cost is heavily supported by MS Auckland, with the cost per person at only $60. If payment is difficult for you please discuss funding support with your Field Worker in confidence. For more information on the Counselling Course please contact the Fieldworkers – either Andrea on 021 959 789 or Diane Hampton on 021 859 187.

Minimise Fatigue, Maximise Life – This very popular course is only held twice a year. The final course of this year will be held in central Auckland over 6 Saturdays starting on the 9th of September. Our Field Worker, Carol, facilitates the programme which is growing in popularity. Places are limited, so if you are interested in attending this course please contact your Field Worker or call the office on 09 845-5921

2. MS Awareness Week and Street Appeal

This year’s MS Awareness Week starts on Sunday the 27th of August. The final 2 days – Friday the 1st of September and Saturday the 2nd of September – are our Street Appeal days. We need as many people as possible to help us out. If you can put aside even a couple of hours on either day we would love to hear from you! Please contact Kirsty on events@msakl.org.nz or Tessa on Tessa@msakl.org.nz.

3. For Sale

We are happy to post items for sale on behalf of our community. This month we have asked to post a scooter and a car for sale. Please see the details below and contact the owner directly if you are interested or would like further information.

Scooter - Neville is selling his Pathrider 10 deluxe. He is looking to receive around $2500, but is negotiable on the price. It has hardly been used and it goes well. He never had any problems with it, but has now purchased a smaller one which is easier around the house. 

Please call Neville on (09) 276 7438 or 021 273 4783 if you are interested.


Toyota Runx 2003 car – Jo is selling her car which has been adapted with left hand controls. It has just 130,000 miles on it and it goes well. If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact Jo Smith on 374 4244.

4. Jubilee Sailing Trust – Full day sailing experience

Please see the attached flyer for all the information on this great adventure opportunity.

Come and experience a truly special day out on the water aboard the world’s largest operational wooden ship. Breakfast and lunch are provided including a good amount of cake too!

  • Starting at 08:30 at Princes Wharf with a bacon bap to fuel up on, you’ll be taking part in on board activities including sail setting, climbing the mast and a chance to helm the 65 metre long ship.
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch while taking in the stunning views of the Auckland skyline and the surrounding lush islands from the water.
  • Finally, enjoy an afternoon tea before coming alongside at 16:30 back at Princes Wharf
  • Contact the Jubilee Sailing Trust on info@jst.org.nz or 09 887 5672 for further details

And finally another reminder, we are selling the very popular Entertainment Book again this year. To purchase your book and support MS Auckland please click here: www.entbook.co.nz/999g62.

That’s all from me this month. I’ll be back again in July. Please feel free to drop me an e-mail or a phone call anytime.

Until next time,

Wishing you all the best,
Ingrid Minett
General Manager