Imagine waking up not knowing whether you will be able to cross the road, go to work, or look after the kids today. Every case of MS is unique, and the symptoms, severity, and progress of the disease are different for everyone. MS can affect the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves, and can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions.
At MS Queensland, we provide care, support and hope to ensure no one has to face MS alone. This includes therapy sessions, accommodation, free phone advice and case coordination, ensuring people living with MS live as independent a life as possible. But we simply cannot provide this support without donations from the public to help fund this.
Thanks to you, here’s how we’ve been able to respond to the COVID-19 situation since March 2020:
- Neuro Assist Help Line remains open! If you or a loved one need help or advice please call our Neuro Assist line on 1800 177 591 or email email@example.com to discuss any questions that you have.
- A special webinar was developed - ‘COVID-19 and MS’ with MS Nurse Tim O’Maley and held in March 2020. Over 250 people registered to hear this important information. Click here to watch or share the webinar recording.
- Even though Wellbeing Centres across the state closed temporarily, our physiotherapy teams developed exercise programs for our community that can be safely managed at home instead.
- We also launched an online 7-week wellness program which included sessions and information on diet, exercise, mindfulness and resilience strategies so people living with MS were able to still access free advice and support to remain fit and well from their homes.
- We implemented further safety measures to protect those who receive and deliver care in our specialist disability accommodation sites, so we can keep residents in their homes longer.
- Service Coordination staff moved their support from face-to-face appointments, to other methods such as teleconferencing, email and video conferencing, so people in both metropolitan and regional Queensland can still access vital support services during this time.
WHY FUNDRAISING IS IMPORTANT
We ask each walker in the MS Moonlight Walk to fundraise a minimum of $250. This may sound challenging to some, but we have made it fun and easy to fundraise, with your very own online fundraising page that is equipped with all the tools you need to reach and even surpass your fundraising goal!
We ask our participants to fundraise as this event enables MS Queensland to provide critical programs and support for the increasing number of people diagnosed with MS. It’s with your support that together we can ensure no one has to face MS alone.
The associated costs of staging a large public event are covered by the payment of entry fees. This means we rely on fantastic individuals like you to get involved and help raise much-needed funds for the 4,000 Queenslanders living with multiple sclerosis (MS).
MS is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system. It may affect the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve and impacts more young people in Australia than any other chronic neurological disease. The term multiple sclerosis means ‘many scars’ and depending on where those scars (lesions) develop, they result in various symptoms.
All money raised by our participants in the MS Moonlight Walk goes towards changing the lives of people with MS. We provide programs and support for people living with MS including social support programs, physio, exercise and occupational therapy, counselling, attendant care in private homes and support workers across Queensland.
Click here to meet some inspirational people who received the devastating news of an MS diagnosis, how MS Queensland support them and hear what motivates them to live each day with positivity.
We are 100% committed to supporting you in your fundraising efforts. Whether you are new to fundraising or a seasoned pro we are here to help! Please contact us on 1300 090 923 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for personalised advice and tips.