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World MS Day 2019

5th June 2019

This year we celebrated World MS Day’s theme of Visibility by raising awareness of the invisible symptoms of MS in the community. Our aim was to educate people without MS about how invisible MS symptoms like fatigue, numbness, balance and vision impairments can have an unseen impact on everyday life.

We set up a pop-up café in Rundle Mall with our friends from Bean Bar, and were able to show people what it feels like to live with some of the symptoms of MS. We had a sensory station set up, with props and activities so people could experience some of the more common MS symptoms.

The highlight of the day was the flash mob, with shoppers gathering all around to see the live performance. If you missed it, check out the video on our Facebook page for a tour of the pop-up café, and to watch the flash mob live in action!

We had MS peer support groups, workplaces and community groups get involved and wear red in the month of May to celebrate and raise money for World MS Day. Landmarks all over the Adelaide CBD and in Darwin lit up red to increase the Visibility of MS!

Across the month of May, the MS Society with help from our amazing community fundraisers has raised almost $3,000 for people living with MS, with donations still rolling in! All money raised will help us provide essential services and supports to people living with MS in South Australia and Northern Territory, and help support research into the cause, cure and treatment of MS.

The theme of Visibility, and #MyInvisibleMS gave people living with MS a voice to share their invisible MS symptoms and express what they want others to know and understand about MS, in order to challenge common misconceptions and help people understand how to provide the right support.

Two of our clients with MS shared their eye-opening stories with the public to help us increase awareness of MS and show that just because you can't see their symptoms, doesn't mean they're not there. Louise gave us an insight into her life raising six-year-old twins while living with MS, and how her symptoms can impact being active with her kids. Deb opened up about her experience parking in a disability carpark, when to everyone else she doesn’t look like she has a disability.

World MS Day is an internationally recognised annual event, with events and campaigns taking place throughout the month of May. It brings the global MS community together to share stories, raise awareness and campaign with and for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.

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World MS Day 2019