Get involved on World MS Day and show your support for the 2.3 million people worldwide with multiple sclerosis.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system that may affect the brain, spinal cord or optic nerve. Everyone with MS has different symptoms, depending on the areas of the central nervous system affected.
The most common symptoms include fatigue, vision problems, balance and coordination problems, bladder and bowel problems, pain, abnormal speech and impotence as well as cognitive and emotional disturbances. There is no known cause or cure for the disease.
What is World MS Day?
World MS Day is a global initiative of the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) and supported by MS Australia. It is held every year on the last Wednesday in May and is an opportunity to bring the MS community together to share their stories, help raise awareness and campaign for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.
There is a different theme every year for World MS Day. Previous years have looked at MS sufferers in relation to independence, access and employment. In 2017, the day will focus on quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis.
What’s happening in 2017?
“Life with MS” is this year’s theme for World MS Day and it will focus on and raise awareness about the quality of life MS sufferers experience as well as the quality of life of those close to them, including their carers.
Arrangements for 2017 events are still being finalised and MS Australia recommends visiting their website periodically as new World MS Day details are posted.
How can you get involved?
- Download and share the promotional materials available free on the MS Australia website.
- Engage with MS Australia on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels and help spread the message online.
- Find a World MS Day fundraising event near you and join in the fun.
- Organise your own World MS Day fundraiser such as a fun run, golf day, barbeque or charity auction.
- Make a donation to MS Australia or MS Research Australia to help fund the search for a cure.
- Volunteer with MS Australia and help with fundraising, marketing or admin support.