9 September 2011: CD of string quartet concert featuring Jacob Taurins' original composition now available!
7 August 2011: World Premiere of Jacob Taurins' original composition for string quartet, "The Imposing Infant".
19 December 2010: Festival Procession/ Christmas Parade in Gisborne- completed successfully.
12 December 2010 Festival Procession/Christmas Parade in Gisbo:rne.
19 Nov 2010:
Garden was a success. RAGMSA is now RAMGSA Inc.
The Concert, featuring Jacob Taurins' original composition and a selection of popular classic string pieces, was professionally recorded and is now available on CD for a very reasonable price of AU$20.00 and we can deliver anywhere by post. If you wish to buy a CD please email email@example.com with CD in the subject line and provide your delivery address details. You will be sent instructions for making a direct deposit into the Essendon North Rotary Club account and an invoice for the CD plus postage costs. The CD will be despatched on receipt of payment and you will be notified by email.
Essendon and Keilor East Clubs changed their meeting times to coincide
with Essendon North, and about 80 Rotarians and friends and family had
a great night. A Ph.D. researcher on MS, Jennifer Sabo gave an interesting
presentation on her investigation of remyelination (repair) of nerves
damaged by MS. There were raffles, an auction, and the piece de resistance
was the performance by Chris Humfrey and his wife Nicole. They wowed
us a with a show the likes of which have never experienced before.
RAGMSA is now RAGMSA Inc. We officially became incorporated recently. This will ensure the future stability and security of our organisation and its members.
We are getting into Gear for the RI 2011 convention in new Orleans. Anyone interested is very welcome to join us at our booth, either to chat or just for a chat.
The Email Group brings in new members. We recently got new members from Nigeria.They want to dispel the myth that MS is derived from witchcraft. Keep your contributions coming! They help members all around the world.
On the 7th of July, member Carol Langsford, CEO of Trish MS Research Foundation wrote:
Rotary Club of Strathfield's outstanding support of multiple sclerosis research continued on 18 February.
The Club's ninth successive Golf Day and Dinner for the Trish Foundation was held at Strathfield Golf Club, over $50,000 being raised for MS research.
Rotarian Niall King, ably supported by Ray Wilson and Les Hockley again worked tirelessly to ensure the fundraiser was a great success, attracting support from far and wide, including Corporate Sponsors and other Rotary Clubs.
Niall and his teams vision and commitment created another hugely successful fundraiser for the Trish Foundation.
I have shared my wife Caroles journey with MS over the past 25 years and witnessed the physical deterioration afflicted by this debilitating disease, said Niall King. The despair that can at times be overwhelming is somewhat alleviated by people with MS knowing that someone out there is trying to make a difference.
The Trish MS Research Foundation gives those people Hope that some day they will not have to suffer what Carole is going through and what Trish went through.
Jeremy Wright, Executive Director MS Research Australia gave a very encouraging report on the progress in MS research and presented Niall King with a special Rotary International MS Badge.
Chris Castle enthralled supporters with his entertaining renditions, did a great job as Auctioneer and was joined in charming guests by Nialls grandson Lachlan.
The Trish Foundation is really indebted to the Rotary Club of Strathfield, said Foundation Director Roy Langsford. Over a quarter of a million dollars has been raised by the Club for the Trish Foundations research, a huge boost to our funds for research and an enormous credit to the hard work, vision and dedication of Niall, Ray and Les.
Sincere gratitude to President Kevin Freund, the Rotary Club of Strathfield, Niall King, Ray Wilson and Les Hockley for your very significant contribution to the Trish Foundation and MS research. Thank you very much also to the events generous Sponsors Australian Concert & Entertainment Security, Alvaro Bros, Arbel Investment, Bakehouse Garden Korean Restaurant, Capital Envelopes, CBHS Health Fund Limited, Excellence in Hearing, Homebush Fruit Bowl, Joseph P Saad & Co Solicitors, Korean Community Financial Services, Laundy Hotels, Les Hockley, Niall King, Ray Wilson, SN King Pty Ltd, Strathfield Council and the many generous donors and supporters.
On 27 May 2010, Member Robert Menzies from Edinburgh wrote:
"Our fund-raising project
here in Edinburgh has just been launched.
I believe the book could
have wide appeal in countries such as Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand,
South Africa (plus other English speaking)
We are looking for partners to promote the book in other countries and the profit is donated to the local MS Society in that country. We would ship the books at cost, freight and a nominal handling fee. The profit per book is £5 ($US 7.50) and we can give lots of tips on the promotion. For UK with a population of 60 million we estimate we can sell enough copies to raise £50,000 ($US 75,000).
If any Rotary Club or MS
Society is interested to be involved then please e-mail me direct at
25 May 2010: The MS Global Dinner was highly successful and about 98 attendees had a great time. There were many prizes, which were won by purchasing balloons containing lucky tickets. Very popular! After excellent presentations by speakers Carol Cooke of the MS Society and MS researcher Dr Holly Cate, we were treated with an entertaining performance by a hot Latin American dance troupe, who then began teaching us the ins and outs of their dancing. The event raised about $3000, which will go towards supporting Rotarian Action Group for MS Awareness projects, MSRA and MSIFMS research.
"I am in
this MS thing together with Miriam who is my best friend. Miriam was
born Deaf in Victoria, BC Canada, far from the equator. She had Mononucleosis
when she was 19 yrs old. We all live in Corvallis, OREGON in US. Miriam's
goal was to climb to the highest elevation in each of the US States.
She reached 49 of the 50 and attempted Denali, Alaska twice so still
only 49. Avonex was successful for several years. She took her shots
to climb McKinley/Denali the first try and the medicine was either too
hot or too cold and denatured so she was unable to receive benefits
from the shots after 2 weeks on the mountain and had an exacerbation
before reaching the summit. She tried and tried to inject it but was
the wrong consistancy and came through the needle the wrong way and
spilled out around the tent.
Currently, my weekly contacts encompass persons throughout the USA, Canada, The UK and Australia, and several Asian and African States and Countries. I think there is only one contact currently in South America.
Rotary, I find, is focused almost exclusively on the eradication of polio at this point in time. I do not envision that MS will ever become a focus of Rotary disease management in the form of 3-H grants or even local fundraising in the area in which I live. Approximately 1 in every 60 people in the area in which I live are living with MS or someone in their family has MS. ( We are an area considered to have a high concentration if the illness.) There are many resources available to us here both in support services and insurance coverage for therapies.
I also write articles on a regular basis for MS Views and News, a web based home for information solely on the management of MS Symptoms. The weekly newsletter goes to 50+ countries and into 1.2 million households electronically each week. "
"My colleague, Greg Hutchings, spoke to me the other day about all the good work you do with Rotary to promote awareness and seek a cure for MS. Greg indicated that you were soon to be attending a meeting of the Rotarian Action Group for Multiple Sclerosis Awareness, and would like to provide your fellow Rotarians with an update about the progress on accommodation for Young People with MS. He has asked me to provide a high level overview, and I am more than happy to provide more detail on anything you wish.
The McKinnon project is a residential group home that will house six people with MS, and it adjoin some housing for primarily elderly, provided through Port Philip Housing Project. This project, a joint venture, is progressing nicely now - our partner organisation Port Philip Housing Association are now past the objections phase, and we are tendering jointly for a builder. We hope this will mean a cost savings in construction that will mean we can direct those funds to other services to people with MS. It seems likely at this stage that the build will be complete in the 3QTR of next year. Additionally, negotiations with the Department of Human Serviecs and Department of Housing have been excellent, and mean that we will now retain the three places in Blackwood street. This means a net gain of 6 rather than three places in the local area. Also the renegotiation of the funds supplied by government means that we able to provide the level of care and support to maintain quality of life, without as much of a top up payment from our fundraising. A great result.
The organisation has taken a decision to retain the Watsonia site and plan for future acommodation or respite on the balance of the land. As you might be aware, the facility is in need of refurbishment, and no longer conforms to modern care delivery models. Earlier, their had been plans to develop a 10 space facility on half the land. But futher research into models of care for people with MS have led to the refinement of our accommodation strategy since that time. Now, MSL intends to retain the land and provide additional complimentary services on site, pending raising the capital for the redevelopment.
NEW SOUTH WALES
As you are no doubt aware, the Studdy Centre in Lidcombe NSW is on a significant parcel of land. As previously mentioned, there has been a lot of work and research done over the last 18 months which have cemented our view about the best practice for caring for people with MS. With McKinnon as a contemporary example, we have been working with an architect to develop models that meet both the needs of people living with MS to have quality of life, with the supports required from flexible levels of care, allied health and nursing. The amount of land has allowed us to propose some village like options that cater to people at all levels and abilities, from units where families can live with the client, to homes where people with the most significant disabilities have freedom and support.
The redevelopment would accommodate something around 100 people on 6 ha in sympathy with the adjoining development. The site will retain a parklike feel. The HUB building, from where we currently deliver services, would be redeveloped as a gym, cafe, shops, and be recreation and a resource to the whole site, as well as the adjoinging Australand development. Early discussions with DADHC, NSW health department, have been very favourable, and we will shortly be workshopping the idea further together. We continue to foster our relationships with government and promote our continuous care model.
And of course we continue to partner with other organisations to advocate and look at other ways we can assist young people to move from nursing homes into appropriate home like care. And to support all this activity, we are currently developing a capital campaign to raise money to support the development of these and other sites."