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Press Release: A Journey of Endurance and Support for MS New Zealand

March 25, 2024 | Event, Media, Press Release


25th March 2024

Bangers to Bluff 2024: A Journey of Endurance and Support for MS New Zealand 

Bangers to Bluff®, the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay’s annual automotive charity event, is gearing up for its highly anticipated 2024 rally. Now in its 8th year, this year’s event promises to be an exhilarating adventure delivering a powerful statement in support of those living with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Scheduled to take place from 9th to 20th April, 16 cars worth less than $2000 will embark on a thrilling journey from Auckland to Invercargill, covering 1000s of kilometres of roads less travelled and breath-taking landscapes. The event aims to raise both awareness and vital funds for Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand and other charities the Rotary Club supports.

Comments from previous entrants:

We had no idea some of those roads and scenery existed…a fabulous event”.

“Best road trip we have ever done”

“Looking forward to this one…we’ve done two previously”.

Over 4000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with MS, a neurological condition. While MS affects everyone differently, common symptoms include fatigue, pain, issues with mobility, speech, and cognition. MS is an inflammatory condition which can be mild with periods of relapse and remission, or for some a slow progressive worsening of disability.

Proving that MS doesn’t have to stop you, Graham Walker, a dedicated advocate for MS awareness, has set himself a remarkable challenge. Graham was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS in 2013 and at the time was told to either “use it or lose it”. As an ex-competitive cyclist, Graham will be setting out at the crack of dawn each morning to cycle as far as he can before being caught by the bangers. This is the third year that Graham has tested his limits, previously riding between 20 and 40 kms before the rally cars catch up with him. By participating in this gruelling journey, Graham demonstrates the belief that “exercise is medicine” for individuals living with MS, demonstrating the positive impact of physical activity on both physical and mental well-being.

“It’s an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be involved in this epic event again,” says Graham. “The Rotary Club organisers are amazing and deserve heaps of respect for their efforts and for allowing us this opportunity to showcase the issue that multiple sclerosis is for so many families. The funds raised are just so significant to the work that our national organisation manages throughout the regions right across our country. Remember, Exercise is Medicine”.

19022024 News Photo VANESSA LAURIE/STUFF

“We are incredibly proud to have Graham,” said Amanda Rose, National Manager at MS New Zealand. “His unwavering determination and commitment to raising awareness of MS are truly inspiring. Graham’s challenge illustrates the importance of exercise in managing MS and underscores the critical role that events like Bangers to Bluff play in supporting our community.”

Bangers to Bluff invites automotive enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and supporters of the MS community to join in this remarkable journey. Whether as participants, sponsors, or donors, everyone has a role to play in making a difference in the lives of those affected by MS. If the rally is driving through your region, pop by and say hi – the crew would love to see you!

To learn more about Bangers to Bluff 2024 and how you can get involved, visit https://fundraise.msnz.org.nz/event/bangers-to-bluff/home. For on-the-road updates of this epic adventure, follow https://www.facebook.com/mssnz.

To donate visit https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/bangers-to-bluff-2024

For further details please contact:

Amanda Rose, Multiple Sclerosis NZ, National Manager
0800 67 54 63

About MS New Zealand:

Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand (MSNZ) is a non-profit organisation, established in 1967. We are striving towards our vision of being the national leader for service excellence for people impacted by Multiple Sclerosis (MS). To achieve this, we are on a mission to coordinate and lead the advances in best-practice multiple sclerosis care. We do this by providing national leadership, advocacy, information, education and raising awareness.

About the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay:

The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay is a dynamic and community-driven organisation who have a weekly breakfast meeting at Half Moon Bay in Auckland. The charities and causes they support, besides MSNZ, include Youth Leadership Programme, Scholarships for an Auckland University Science Forum, Model United Assembly, The Rising Foundation, Dictionaries in Schools, Trees for Survival and the Salvation Army to name a few. The Club is comprised of enthusiastic individuals from various backgrounds and professions. Through their collective efforts and unwavering commitment to Rotary’s principles of service above self, the club strives to create positive change and build a brighter future for all.