World MS Day, 30 May, was certainly well marked by our community in Auckland.  It was a delight to connect with so many at the Remuera Club. Nearly 100 people gathered at our World MS Day afternoon tea, to listen, recognise, connect – and laugh! It was a truly wonderful afternoon, bubbling with positivity. 

A huge thank you to our speakers, Rochelle Cave and Duncan Grant, who inspired the room with their true grit style determination to live life to the fullest.  

Jan Hollway, MS Auckland’s President, thanked long-term Ambassadors, John and Lorraine Street. John and Lorraine have given the community many years of support during their time and have helped raise over $1million dollars.  Although they have stepped down from Ambassadorship this year, fortunately for us they will still be a part of Life Buoy, the fundraiser they started.  It was a momentous moment shared for sure. 

Joan Perry was awarded the Esme Tombleson Award for recognition of outstanding advocacy work to make aHSCT treatment available for people with MS in New Zealand. It was an absolute pleasure for Jan Hollway to present on behalf of MSNZ.  Joan thanked Neil Woodhams, MSNZ along with the community for all their support.  Congratulations Joan, it was a pleasure to meet you in person. 

Sam Smith launched Comedians talk MS, and it’s making a huge impact.  If you haven’t seen the three minute teaser yet, do so today!   It has been watched more than 10,000 times on social media and website.  Huge thanks to wonderful Ambassador Sam Smith for creating this for us.  Head here to watch the videos!