MSNZ is involved with various national and international events to raise funds to support those affected by Multiple Sclerosis.
For the third time, MSNZ has been chosen as one of the two masthead charities for Bangers to Bluff 2021, a 12-day car rally, organised by the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay (Inc) in Auckland. This annual charity event supports not only MSNZ but also Hopeworks Foundation, (a charity assisting people and families coping with brain trauma injuries) and other Charities sanctioned by The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay. The Rally has raised in excess of $200,000 over the past 4 years.
The Rally challenges participants to drive a ‘banger’ costing less than $2000 from Auckland to Bluff, traveling a prescribed route using roads less travelled via several iconic regions. The rally will consist of 18 cars plus support crews.
On 6th April, the rally will embark on this journey fully supported by MSNZ and various MS Regions that will be welcoming them to their communities to raise funds and increase awareness. The teams will also be tasked to compete for several trophies by having as much fun as possible through a mix of challenges and competitions along the route. The cars will be auctioned off in Invercargill at the end of the rally on 17th April with the proceeds being donated to charity.
Help an old banger raise $20,000 to improve the lives of those impacted by Multiple Sclerosis in New Zealand.
We are particularly excited about this year’s Rally, as for the first time ever, we have our own team ‘Keep Smyelin’ and banger taking part. We’re hoping our fixed up banger can make it all the way to Bluff, 2,300kms, without any flat tyres, broken fan belts or empty fuel tanks. Please donate to support our banger, your encouragement is our fuel!
Exercise is Medicine
One of our team members, Graham Walker, was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS. In his early days of diagnosis, Graham had it impressed upon him the importance of exercise in being able to take control of his condition. “Use it or lose it” the Neurological Physiotherapists said. “So it really was a no-brainer, neurological condition and all, to pursue cycling as my exercise vehicle.”
Every morning Graham has committed to heading out the starting gates at the crack of dawn, ahead of the cars, to cycle as far as possible each day before getting caught.
Graham is aiming to ride at least 20kms each day over the 12 days between Auckland and Bluff. Not bad for someone with Progressive MS! Why not pledge a certain amount for every KM he rides? To find out how, view our event website here.
“My reasons for attempting this are 3 fold; to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis, to raise money for the combined Bangers to Bluff charities and, lastly, quite simply, because exercise is medicine”.
World MS Day is the only global awareness raising campaign for Multiple Sclerosis. Every year, the MS movement comes together to provide the public with information about Multiple Sclerosis and how it affects the lives of more than two million people around the world.
The theme for World MS Day 2020-22 is ‘MS Connections’ and is all about building community connections, self-connection and connections to quality care. The theme challenges social barriers that leave people affected by Multiple Sclerosis feeling lonely and socially isolated and is an opportunity to advocate for better services, celebrate support networks and champion self-care.
Follow our Latest News pages for updates on our World MS Day campaigns and how you can be involved.
Every year MSNZ runs a campaign to raise awareness nationally for Multiple Sclerosis as a chronic condition affecting New Zealanders and highlighting the needs of those living with the condition.
Regional Societies across the country will hold Street Collections and events to raise vital funds for the work they do supporting people living with and supporting those with Multiple Sclerosis in their local communities.
Our 2020 campaign introduced 18 brave New Zealanders, proud to be a Face of MS showing how MS impacts them, the lives of their families and the vital support that they receive from their MS Regional Society. Check out the campaign website to read more about these faces and why they need your help.