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World MS Day

Get involved on World MS Day and show your support for the 2.3 million people worldwide with multiple sclerosis.


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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 2020, the day will focus on helping people with MS to connect virtually.

What’s happening in 2020?

Connections is the theme for MS day 2020. The campaign aims to tackle social isolation for people living with MS, a rising global issue for many people living with MS. The inaugural three-year World MS Day campaign (Saturday 30 May 2020, Sunday 30 May 2021 and Monday 30 May 2022) will respond to this serious global challenge.

For more information on arrangements for 2020 events, visit the website.

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.
  • 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.

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