The funds that you raise ensure that people living with multiple sclerosis get the vital support they need to meet their goals, live well and ensure that no one has to face MS alone.
Here’s what you and thousands of like-minded fundraisers make possible:
20,466 times the friendly and understanding MS Connect team were there to provide vital support in a time of need to people affected by multiple sclerosis.
“The information and support we received through MS Connect was absolutely invaluable, and we couldn’t be more thankful.” - Mr & Mrs Smith, parents of April, diagnosed 2017
More than 500 new people joined a MS Peer Support group, providing connection for people living with MS during what can be a confronting, challenging and confusing. MS Peer Support is offered in 11 different languages.
“A neurologist knows all the science and physiology behind the disease and can prescribe the appropriate treatments; a doctor can manage various day-to-day issues, and nurses can help with medication and everything else – but none of these highly trained medical professionals live with the disease. People in the MS group do and can relate to, and understand, issues such as neuropathic pain or fatigue, for example. A group can also be an important social outlet, as many people living with multiple sclerosis increasingly become isolated from the community.” - Robin, Peer Support Coordinator.
1500+ people with MS received support from caring nurses, occupational therapists and social workers through the MS Advisor program, helping them to maintain their quality of life, employment and delay disease progression.
“I can’t explain how much this has changed my life. I have my confidence back and a sense of control. I can hang out with my friends again” - Jackie, 36, living with MS.
189 people living with MS participated in Wellbeing Support programs to help them to live well with MS.
“Attending the MS Gym on a regular basis has allowed me to meet others in a similar position to myself and to discuss helpful aspects of this disease, while having a laugh. While attending the MS Gym I am assured that I am able to use the correct equipment and receive advice suitable to my needs”. - Gai, diagnosed 1999.
Almost 16,000 people participated in MS Education programs to help them manage living with MS and the unpredictability of their symptoms.
“It was really good to get some detail and clarify about the subject from an expert.” - Terri, diagnosed in October 2014.