September 1, 2017 | Uncategorised
MSNZ and the Mastering Mountains Charitable Trust are excited to once again offer people diagnosed with MS support through the Mastering Mountains Grant. Launched in 2016, 2017 marks the second year of the grant which the inclusion of a second round for applications to support more people to achieve their dreams.
The purpose of the grant is to assist people who have been diagnosed as having Multiple Sclerosis to overcome a specific obstacle so that they can achieve a specific outdoor pursuit.
With this grant, Mastering Mountains and MSNZ hope to help people with MS pursue adventures that encourage a healthy lifestyle and to change the perceptions of MS, in accordance with the Trust’s purposes.
Deadlines: Applications are now open and close on the 31st October 2017. A second funding round will open in April 2018 and close 31st May 2018.
How to apply: Guidelines and application forms can be found by on the Scholarships, Grants and Awards page.
The Mastering Mountains Charitable Trust was established in 2015, and exists to enrich the lives of people affected by MS, by helping them to get outdoors. Getting outdoors has an incredible therapeutic quality. MS can hinder people from the fullest experience of this, and Mastering Mountains hopes to overcome this obstacle.
The Trust was set up by Nick Allen, an active young Kiwi who was diagnosed with MS at the age of 25. Nick grew up climbing, tramping and mountain-biking, until he was diagnosed with MS and found himself living in a wheelchair. Nick decided to fight back, and through the support of his family and friends, he changed his diet and lifestyle, and in 2015 summited Island Peak (6,189 metres) in the Himalayas. Nick is passionate about helping others and so created the Mastering Mountains Charitable Trust and the Mastering Mountains Grant to help others living with MS to overcome obstacles that prevent them getting outdoors. Nick approached MSNZ to assist with the administration and promotion of the grant through our networks. MSNZ has had the pleasure of working with Nick this past year and we look forward to further developing this relationship in the future. Mastering Mountains Trust will be the primary funders of the Grant. For more information about the Trust visit the Mastering Mountains Website.