Wednesday, October 26, 2016

e-newsletter October 2016

e-newsletter October 2016

Wow! It’s countdown now as we head for Christmas and the end of 2016. I’m always amazed at how fast the months go by.

We have been blessed with the wonderful support of so many kind people over the year. We were overwhelmed with the response from our Street Appeal which raised over $60,000 - $12,000 more than last year. Well done all!

We don’t plan to slow down yet and there are still lots of exciting things happening over the coming months - including Bike the Bridge, yoga sessions for people with MS, and the last Wellness Workshop for the year. We are also inspired by people like Nikki Ladd who is walking 3,000 km through NZ to raise $20k for MS research. Read on to find out more about Nikki and upcoming events

In this issue:

1. Bike the Bridge – Sunday 13 November
2. Yoga sessions – Starting this Sunday
3. Wellness Workshop – 15th October
4. Nikki Ladd – Walking NZ for MS
5. Stuck for Christmas gifts this year – 2 perfect books for Christmas reading

1. Bike the Bridge – Sunday 13 November

We invite you to join us for this fabulous, fun, family event. Click here for invitation.

Things are shaping up with some amazing spot prizes to be won – including a trip to Fiji. You just need to register to be in to win. There is something for everyone. Don’t miss out!

Register now by clicking here.

2. Yoga for people with MS

Following on from the very popular one day Yoga and Meditation workshop, we are pleased to announce that we are extending Yoga for MS classes for 5 more sessions this year.

Classes will be every Sunday starting 9th October from 1:30pm to 3:00 pm. Sessions are held at the Om Yoga Studio in Stonefields.

No need to register just show up every Sunday and pay $10 per class. All materials will be provided. Perfect for all ages and for people new to yoga, or more experienced yoga practitioners.

Mark these dates on your calendar and give Yoga a try. If these sessions are popular we will look at offering more classes throughout the region next year.

Yoga dates:

Sunday 9 October

Sunday 16 October

Sunday 23 October

Sunday 30 October

Sunday 6 November

All classes are 90 minutes long and start at 1:30. Arrive by 1:15pm. Class will start promptly and the door will lock once class is underway.

3. Wellness Workshop – ‘Managing Wee Problems’ - Saturday 15 October 10:30am

This workshop will be led by Continence Nurse Specialist Janet Thackray and look at ways at managing and preventing incontinence.

The workshop will be held once again at the Commerce Club of Auckland in Remuera (27-33 Ohinerau Street). The cost is just $10 for members and $15 for non-members and includes a morning tea.

For more information talk to your Field Worker or call us on 845 5921.

You must register if you wish to attend this workshop. You can register by e-mail - events@msakl.org.nz, or by phone - 845 5921.

4. Nikki Ladd – Walking to raise money for MS Research

Nikki Ladd is currently walking the Te Araroa trail for MS Research and to raise awareness for MS. She aims to raise $20,000 with all funds going to the NZMS Research Trust.

It is a long approximately 5 month trip so friendly faces, treats, supplies, donations and support would be greatly appreciated. You can follow her journey and contact her the following ways:

Website: http://www.walknzforms.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/walknzforms/?fref=nf

Email: nikki.ladd@yahoo.com.au

You can search Nikki’s current location here: http://www.findmespot.com/mylocation/?id=bSBsX

5. Christmas Gift Ideas

Books make great Christmas gifts. Here are two Christmas book ideas that are well worth considering for people on your Christmas shopping list, or just for yourself, for some quiet holiday reading.

1.‘The Pacific Affair’ – by Gary Stephenson

The first book in the Charles Langham Series by our very own Gary Paul Stephenson, is receiving excellent reviews. ‘The Pacific Affair’ intertwines the political, conservation and environmental issues that we all face in the modern world of today with one man's quest to stop the destruction of the Environment, reversing extinction rates, saving the special places in the world, and holding to account those politicians and organisations that cause the world's chaos. Our hero, who has Multiple Sclerosis, faces opposition, death threats and even hit squads, as the vested interests of political institutions and multinational organisations combine to stop this man and his team righting the wrongs that we all wish we could fix.

Copies of the book can be purchased directly from us for just $30, with Gary generously donating the profit from each book back to MS Auckland. E-mail us at info@msakl.org.nz if you would like to buy a copy.

2.‘To the Summit’ – by Nick Allen

This is the inspirational story of climber Nick Allen, who went from outdoorsman to wheelchair-bound with multiple sclerosis to back to the life in the mountains he loves through sheer determination and grit.

This book follows Nick’s first faltering steps back into the back country and his decision to set up a trust so other MS sufferers can have outdoor experiences.

And it follows his most astounding adventure yet: trekking to base camp at Everest, and — at considerable risk to his health — conquering the Himalayan peak, Imja Tse.

This book can be purchased from Massey University Press - http://www.masseypress.ac.nz/books/to-the-summit/

Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on facebook and check out our website. If you would like to further support our work with a donation go to the top right corner of the website to the blue

‘Donate Now’ link, and find out how you can donate today. All donations are gratefully received and acknowledged with a tax deductible receipt. Your donations help us continue to provide our valued community services.

Also remember to mark Sunday 11 December on your calendar for our annual Christmas party. I’ll have more information on this for you in our next e-newsletter.

Until next time, look after yourselves, look after each other, and keep smiling

With warm wishes,


General Manager
MS Auckland