Multiple Sclerosis awareness goes public

Ji-Soo Kweon and Raphaela Shilo at the MS awareness day stall at Ocean Keys shopping centre. Picture: Emma Goodwin        www.communitypix.com.au   d438301
Ji-Soo Kweon and Raphaela Shilo at the MS awareness day stall at Ocean Keys shopping centre. Picture: Emma Goodwin        www.communitypix.com.au d438301

THE Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA set up a stall in a local shopping centre last month to raise awareness of the neurodegenerative condition.

The society marked World MS Day on May 27 by providing information to the public on how the chronic condition affects the central nervous system and the lives of 2.3 million people worldwide.

As well as a street appeal in central Perth, this year’s campaign extended to shopping centres such as Ocean Keys in Clarkson and Kingsway in Madeley.

More than 100 children took part in activities at the two centres, learning what it would be like to have multiple sclerosis.

“Activities included the adventure putt, imagination playground and gingerbread house where children had to complete tasks while facing obstacles such as blurred vision and numbness,” communications co-ordinator Bhavna Jagtiani.

“The activities provided them with the opportunity to understand some of the challenges people living with MS face due to their symptoms.”

Chief executive Marcus Stafford said MS was a hidden condition for many people.

“We believe if we can educate our children about the symptoms of MS, then it will create understanding for the future,” he said.

On September 13 the society will hold a fundraising event, Swim for MS, in Joondalup.

For more information, visit www. mswa.org.au.