Tuesday, May 07, 2019

e-newsletter May 2019

e-newsletter May 2019

“To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often” – Winstone Churchill

This is one of my favourite Winstone Churchill quotes!. I love change …. most of the time. Some of the time it can be a bit unnerving! At MS Auckland we have had a number of changes over the past 6 months with staff members retiring and moving on and long serving Committee members deciding to step down to make room for new people. We now have 6 wonderful new people on our team - 3 new staff members, and 3 new Committee members! With fresh eyes often comes fresh ideas, so watch this space!

We are all excited for our biggest fundraising event of the year – Life Buoy for MS – which will take place this Sunday! All proceeds go to support services for people affected by MS. We have a full house, lots of great prizes and of course a great MC with Scotty Stevenson and a very special guest, Jennifer Ward-Lealand. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation to support the fundraiser please go to our website donation page. We are so grateful for the support of our event sponsors, Harcourts Cooper & Co, JUCY and Care on Call.

We have lots of activities coming up this month with our May Wellness Workshop to ‘Nourish the Body and Mind’, and the return of our Exercise4Health programme at the Trust Stadium and a new one starting in Otahuhu. Also, something to look out for in June is a Chair Yoga class on the North Shore.

All this and more to read for you here in our May Newsletter. Enjoy!

1. MS Auckland New Committee Members
2. Free independent living expo - Ellerslie Event Centre 23 May
3.Wellness Workshop – Nourishing Body & Mind with Yoga and Meditation – Saturday 25 May
4. Exercise4Health returns!
5.Chair Yoga
6. Living Well with MS Podcasts
7. Oceans of Hope
8. Zeosoft and Magic Mud - Natural skincare and cleaning products supporting MS Auckland

1. MS Auckland New Committee Members

 At the AGM last month three new Committee Members were elected – Julie Adams, Maxine Pitch and Peter Tutty. We also farewelled three Members – Joan Thomson, Fran Watts, who have served almost 20 years and 15 years and Carolin Perkins. A big thank you to our newly elected members and to our departing members for their years of dedicated service to MS Auckland.


2. Free Independent Living Expo – Ellerslie Event Centre 23 May

 We are very excited to be able to share a table at this event with our friends at Allied Medical. There will be many exhibitors at this event showcasing products and services to help with daily living. It will be a great opportunity to see the variety of products and services available.

By pre-registering your attendance you will receive free entry, free coffee, free parking and a free conference programme. You can register by calling 0800 451 590 or directly on their website: https://www.atsnzexpo.co.nz/

We hope you are able to attend. Don’t forget to register and please come by and visit us at the Allied Medical table.


3. Wellness Workshop – Nourishing Mind and Body with Yoga and Meditation –Saturday, May 25

 Holly Moss is offering a one and a half hour session where you will be able to learn more about the benefits of yoga and meditation while also being led through a guided meditation and some gentle chair yoga.

For more information please go to our website. Registration is essential either at events@msakl.org.nz or by phone on 09 845 5921.


4. Exercise4Health – two classes starting this month – in Henderson and Otahuhu

 Last year, together with Stoke Northern and Physio Rehab Group, we trialled an Exercise class at the Trust Arena in Henderson. It was very popular with all participants hopeful that it would continue.

I am so pleased to announce that it is now starting up again! The classes in Henderson will start on Wednesday the 22nd of May at 11:00. We will also hold a class at the Otahuhu Leisure Centre on Mondays starting on Monday the 20th of May at 11:00. The cost is only $5/session which must be paid for in advance when you register.

The classes will be led by Mira Forrest. Physio Rehab group will be looking after all registrations. For more information please see our website or contact Physio Rehab group on 09 524 0633 or neuro@physiorehabgroup.co.nz


5. Chair Yoga – Starting Monday 10 June – 1:30 – 2:30pm

 We are delighted to be offering a Chair Yoga class in our rooms in Takapuna starting in June. It will be led by the popular yoga teacher and nutritionist, Holly Moss.

The classes will be every Monday starting on Monday 10 June, from 1:30 to 2:30pm.

Dates will be: 10 June, 17 June, 24 June, 1 July

Our office is located above the Takapuna Library at 5 The Strand. Lift access is available. There will be 4 sessions with a drop in fee of $5 for each session. Be sure to come and try it out!


6. Living Well With MS Podcast

 Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis is now offering the opportunity to listen to podcasts. Every few weeks there will be a new in depth interview with an interesting guest, including health and wellness experts, nutritionists, leaders in exercise and meditation, medical professionals, and even Professor George Jelinek himself.

What can you expect to get from listening to the podcast?

  • Insights from health experts on the science and evidence behind the OMS approach.
  • Useful tips on how to adopt the OMS lifestyle as part of your daily life.
  • Inspiration from OMSers on how to weather the downs and achieve the ups on your OMS journey.

Click here to learn more, listen to all episodes or subscribe to Living Well with MS on your favourite podcast platform.


7. Oceans of Hope returns to NZ

 Oceans of Hope returns to New Zealand to offer another opportunity for an amazing sailing adventure. The boat will leave Princes Wharf on the 2nd of December and return the afternoon of the 6th of December. The cost is $1,364/person.

There has been lots of interest with places filling up fast. To find out more about the trip or to register your interest go to:



8. 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%.

Don’t forget Mother’s day on the 12th of May. Perhaps surprise her with some lovely natural skincare products from Zeosoft.

Have a lovely month of May! Until next time,

Best wishes,

Ingrid Minett
Business Manager