Launch of World MS Day

'9,000 Steps' walk, run, dance or move for MS

World MS Day 2016 will take place on Wednesday May 25th and those living with Multiple Sclerosis in Ireland are asking people to walk, run, dance or move 9,000 steps for MS (6.5k) and raise funds for vital services.

Mum of three Olivia Kirwan, 36, was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting MS at the age of 29. Olivia is representing the MS community this World MS Day 2016. MS Ireland, the national organisation providing vital services, information and support to people with MS is encouraging everyone to get involved in events around the country and and to please text STEPS to 50300 to donate €4* Text costs €4. MS Ireland will receive a minimum of €3.25. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278.

Ava Battles, Chief Executive, MS Ireland comments: 'When World MS Day comes around each May it’s a great opportunity to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and support people with MS locally. We’re delighted to launch the fundraising campaign ‘9,000 Steps for MS’ to mark World MS Day. We know that exercise has great benefits, for people with MS it helps manage symptoms and of course exercise helps all of us. This campaign reflects a community of more than 9,000 people with MS and encourages everyone to get involved in whatever way they can.'

Supporters of World MS Day and 9,000 steps for MS include Lorraine Ho, Bootcamp Ireland; Former Munster/Ireland rugby player, Jerry Flannery; Leinster Rugby player James Tracy; Ireland’s women’s rugby star Ailis Egan; University of Limerick (UL) and many more are taking up the #strongerthanMS campaign.

published May 4th 2016