Thursday, March 07, 2019

e-newsletter March 2019

e-newsletter March 2019

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world”. Howard Zinn

Our little office in Takapuna is a hive of activity these days. There is just so much to do! One of the things that is keeping us busy is our big annual charity lunch and auction. This event is very important to us as it has become our main fundraising event for the year and it helps to keep all our activities and services going through the year. The event requires huge support from the community to be a success – including donations of auction items, volunteer time, event sponsorship, and the purchase of tickets and prizes. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful community of support around us. Thank you one and all.

In this newsletter, among a number of other event news, we have your invite to Life Buoy for MS 2019. We hope you will be able to join us for what is sure to be a very special and memorable afternoon at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

1. Life Buoy for MS 2019 – You’re Invited!
2. MS Auckland AGM - Tuesday 9 April
3. Wellness Workshop – Friday 15 March
4. Brain Day – Saturday 23 March
5. Auckland Disability Law - Legal education programme on the North Shore
6. Independent Living Expo – Ellerslie Event Centre 23 May
7. Zeosoft and Magic Mud - Natural skincare and cleaning products supporting MS Auckland


1. Life Buoy for MS 2019 You’re Invited
On Sunday the 5th of May we will be taking over the Ballroom of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron to hold our annual charity lunch and auction event. Our very special guest this year is NZ’s acclaimed actor in film, theatre and television, Jennifer Ward-Lealand and our MC is the dynamic Scotty Stevenson.

Tickets are only $85/person. Buy a table of 10 for $850. Contact Liz to secure your tickets today! Or phone 09 845 5921.

The ticket price includes a glass of bubbles on arrival, a sumptuous two-course lunch, chocolates and coffee for dessert and two bottles of wine per table. A cash bar will also be available.
Prize items include:

  • A fabulous weekend in Waiheke with first class accommodation, use of a car to tour the island, and meal vouchers for Waiheke’s top restaurants
  • Dinner for 10 with Sir Graham and Raewyn Henry in their fabulous Waiheke home, with food prepared by Al Brown
  • Bronze sculpture by Helen Pollock
  • 5 nights in Samoa at the wonderful Return to Paradise resort - https://returntoparadiseresort.com/
  • Weekend at Matakana
  • and much, much, more

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 directly to MS Auckland, your name as the reference and Life Buoy as the code to ASB bank account no: 12 3047 0088939 00, alternatively, give us a call in the office on 09 845 5921 and pay by credit card.


2. MS Auckland Annual General Meeting –Tuesday 9 April 2019, 7pm
I 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. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to info@msakl.org.nz if you plan 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. Wellness Workshop – ‘Being the Best You Can Be’ – Friday 15 March
This workshop will be presented by the Occupational Therapy team at Physio Rehab Group. It will explore specific challenges that people with MS may encounter on a daily basis, as well as helpful strategies to enhance independence. They will be joined by a collection of equipment companies who will display ADL equipment (Aids to Daily Living).

Where:  Remuera Batptist Church, 641 Remuera Raod
Time:    10:30 – 12pm

Light refreshments will be served. Cost is $10, with partners or support people welcome at no additional cost.

Please call Liz or Becky if you would like to attend on 09 845 5921 or RSVP by e-mail here.



4. Brain Day – Saturday 23rd March – 10am – 3pm
MS Auckland will have a table at Brain Day again this year. This is a free event hosted by the Centre for Brain Research. It is held at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, 85 Park Road, Grafton. You can find more information here.


5. Auckland Disability Law – Free Community Based programme “Unpacking Disability Law”Auckland Disability Law is offering a series of 6 classes to help you ‘unpack disability law’. The sessions are all free and designed for people living with a disability and their supporters.

You can attend as many sessions as you like. They are all at the Glenfield Community Centre between 10am and 1pm. For more information and to register please see their flyer here.



6. Independent Living Expo – Ellerslie Event Centre 23 May
Registrations for this free expo are now open. More information is available here:


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%.

The Zeosoft range can be found at www.zeosoft.co.nz
The Magic Mud range can be found at www.magicmud.co.nz



Have a lovely month!

Thank you again for being part of the MS Auckland community.

Until next time,
Best wishes,

Ingrid Minett
General Manager