Tuesday, March 03, 2020

e-newsletter March 2020

e-newsletter March 2020

“Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood”.


Wow! Here we are already into the 3rd month of the year! 2020 is certainly shaping up to be a busy and exciting year. Lots going on and lots of great things to share with you in our first e-newsletter of the year, including an opportunity to participate in the first MS Auckland Round the Bays team!

Sit back, relax and please read on!

  1. Round the Bays March 8th
  2. Brain Day - 4th April
  3. Brain Awareness Month
  4. Disability Law Courses - Waitakere
  5. Hydrotherapy
  6. Support Groups
  7. Peer Connection Service
  8. Shift MS
  9. Free online Understanding Multiple Sclerosis Course
  10. Gawler Institute - Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Course
  11. AGM
  12. MS Auckland membership
  13. Life Buoy for MS
  14. Position vacancy at MS Auckland


1. Round the Bays March 8th 2020
We have a team of 36 people participating in the Auckland Round the Bays -https://www.roundthebays.co.nz/. Vision PT is providing the tent and BBQ afterward at Madills farm.

The long-range forcast is for a slightly overcast day. Hopefully, it’s not too hot!

It’s not too late to join by paying the individual fee through the Round the Bays website. Then come and look for our tent with Vision PT at Madills farm for some after-event celebrations! Look out for pictures and stories on the event in our next magazine due out towards the end of March.


2. Brain Day April 4th
At the University of Auckland Grafton Campus – 85 Park Road, GraftonBrain Day is an annual event run by the Centre for Brain Research and the Neurological Foundation. It is an all-day event – from 10am to 4pm – and is open to the public and community groups. There are also a series of lectures throughout the day which are free to attend.

MS Auckland has always enjoyed participating in this event and will once again have a stand there. If you are planning to attend this event please pop over and say hi to us.

For mobility parking please contact cbr@auckland.ac.nz for your best options and locations.

For more information please check out their Facebook page -https://www.facebook.com/events/2404471436532442/


3. March is Brain Awareness Month
March is Brain Awareness Month. Learn a bit more about ways you can help to keep your brain healthy by taking on the Brain Health Challenge! It's an easy, four-week, step-by-step guide, supported by Alzheimers NZ, that you can take at your own pace. Get started here: https://bit.ly/31SmUyL


4. Auckland Disability Law Courses
WaitakereAuckland Disability Law is offering a series of free courses in Ranui, focused on disability and your legal rights. The courses run from 10am to 1pm. To register or for more information please e-mail info@adl.org.nz or text 027 457 5140 or phone 09 257 5140.

More information is also available here: Unpacking Disability Law Flyer


5. Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy is in full swing at Lloyd Elsmore Pool on Tuesday, Manurewa Pool on Wednesday, Epsom Girls Pool on Thursday, West Wave Pool on Friday and Diocesan Girls School Pool on Saturdays.

We are pleased to be back in the West again, after a one year break. However, it has been a bit of a bumpy start at West Wave. We are working on sorting out all the issues and hope things settle down soon.

We are also working hard to have Millennium Pool up and running again by Term 2. We had many people asking for the Hydrotherapy at Millennium to be at a time when people who work can attend – either evenings or Saturday mornings. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and Website for updates on this development.


6. Support Groups
There are 15 MS support groups operating throughout the Auckland Region – including a Men’s only group on Saturday mornings and Child-Friendly group on Monday mornings. For more information please call the office on 09 845 5921.


7. Peer Connection
A trial of a new and free Peer Connection service is underway in West Auckland, with the hope to develop and make it available to all members later this year. More information on this service will be available in our MS magazine – Multiple News – due out later this month. Or, if you would like more information now and talk to someone about the service please e-mail Lucy – lucy@msakl.org.nz.


8. Shift.ms
Have you discovered the Shift .ms website yet? Shift.ms is a social network for people with multiple sclerosis. Founded by MSers, for MSers, the charity supports many thousands of recently diagnosed people across the world as they make sense of MS. It’s independent and it’s free. The feedback we have been getting has been very good. If you haven’t you may want to check it out.

Their vision – ‘At Shift.ms we believe that MS doesn’t mean giving up on ambitions, just rethinking how to achieve them.’


9. Gawler Institute – Overcoming MS Retreats
The ‘Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis’ retreat program is a practical and inspirational five-day retreat program, based on Professor Jelinek’s scientific research, clinical experience and profound insight, as well as the Yarra Valley Living Centre’s 30 years of experience in lifestyle medicine and self-help healing programs. Upcoming dates are:
1st to the 5th of June
26th to the 30th of October

These fill up fast! For more information go to:https://gawler.org/retreats-and-services/overcoming-multiple-sclerosis/


10. Free Online Course on Understanding MS
Enrolments are now open for the next Understanding Multiple Sclerosis (MS) free online course starting on the 16th of March and going for 6 weeks. Many people in our community have taken this course and have rated it very highly. For more information go to: https://ms.mooc.utas.edu.au/landing/mse2


11. MS Auckland AGM – Thursday the 23rd of April, 7pm
Everyone is invited to attend our AGM on Thursday the 23rd of April at ILS (Independent Living Service), 14 Erson Avenue, Royal Oak. The AGM will start at 7pm and will be followed by a special guest speaker, still to be announced. Once our guest speaker is confirmed, further information on how you can vote or become a board member will be sent along with our invitation.


12. MS Auckland Membership
Because MS Auckland is an Incorporated Society we have a constitutional requirement to have ‘members’. At our Special General Meeting last year we changed our membership to two broad categories – ‘General’ (non-fee paying) and ‘Contributing’ (fee-paying). Of course, we support all people with MS and you don’t have to be a fee-paying member to use our services or participate in our programmes.

The MS Auckland Board has decided to set the membership fee this year at just $20 for each individual. That means if you would like to vote at the AGM and other meetings and perhaps even join the Board you will need to pay the $20 ‘fee’. MS Auckland has to pay GST on this fee, so the portion we actually receive at the end of the day is $17.

As a charity, MS Auckland relies heavily on our supporters and donors financially to be able to offer our services. We encourage people to consider donating to MS Auckland if they can. Even donations of $5 a month make a big difference. With donations, we don’t need to pay GST plus you can get a tax rebate of 33%. The Board is allowing people who donate $60 or more a year to have voting rights.

To join MS Auckland please just send us an e-mail or give us a call on 09 845 5921 and we will get you signed up. We are in the process of doing a website upgrade soon, which will make this even easier to do.


13. Life Buoy for MS
This year's big annual charity lunch and auction event, Life Buoy for MS will be held on Sunday the 7th June at the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron. Mike King will be our special guest speaker. More information will be coming out over the coming weeks. We are always on the lookout for good auction items. If you have something you would like to donate, please contact Liz at liz@msakl.org.nz


14. Position vacancy at MS Auckland
A new position of Services Manager has been created to lead the services of MS Auckland. For more information on the role and how to apply please refer to the advertisement on Seek here.

Have a wonderful month of March! Until next time,

Yours in Gratitude,

Ingrid Minett
General Manager