Wow! The Month of May really did whizz by and I’m sure so many of you in the MS community feel the same with so much activity and promotion of MS events and campaigns.
May is always a busy month for MS Australia and our member organisations. It is a fantastic opportunity to feature campaigns and initiatives that help to shine a light on multiple sclerosis and the enduring issues facing people affected by the disease in the lead up to World MS Day.
I am so proud of the way MS Australia and our state member organisations contributed on that front this year. There were so many worthwhile campaigns and events in the marketplace which really gained traction and attention for MS and the various MS affiliated brands.
MS Australia, and our national advocates enjoyed a great reception at Parliament House in Canberra for the Parliamentary Friends of MS function. There were numerous sitting members who attended the event which was hosted by the Chair of the Parliamentary Friends Group Senator Kate Lundy.
There were several highlights to the event including the announcement that we have been able to secure a new Co-Chair, Liberal Senator David Bushby from Tasmania. It was thrilling news and we are so excited to have Senator Bushby on board and to know that we continue to enjoy bipartisan support.
I would also like to say a special thanks to Andrew Potter, the new National Advocates Coordinator who, a week into his role, ably stepped up to MC this event. It was also very moving and insightful for guests on the day to hear from Natalie Walsh, a National Advocate from Queensland who spoke about her journey with MS. Natalie’s story and her grasp of the key issues facing the MS community was so spot on and it was a valuable message to share with some of the country’s most senior decision makers.
I really felt energised leaving the event. World MS Day in Canberra allowed us to make several great connections and I look forward to continuing to knock on the door of parliamentarians to discuss our advocacy framework.
On a final note I am extremely grateful to be able to call upon the support of Senator Kate Lundy and her ongoing commitment to supporting MS Australia is wonderful. This event would not have been possible without her and the support of her staff.