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November 2019

PHYSIOTHERAPY at UCCHVAS

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MSSI HYDERABAD has arranged a meeting with Dr.Vijay, an experienced Physiotherapist at UCCHVAS NEURO REHAB AND TRANSITIONAL CARE CENTRE to understand the importance of Physiotherapy.

This month MSPs and Caregivers joined together to learn the benefits of Physiotherapy, a treatment to restore, maintain and make the most of a patients mobility, function and well being.

MSPs have learned how Physiotherapy helps to manage MS.

This centre provides various exercise programs and inpatient facilities to make patients functionally active, handle depression and come out of trauma.

Face to Face Programme

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MSSI  Chennai Chapter monthly “Face to Face” Programme held on 23-11-2019 started with the Meditation session by Dr. R.J Kalpana on the topic “Learn to meditate, Heartfulness Meditation with Yogic Transmission”. It was a 40-minute online session. Our MS Persons and their caretakers enjoyed and felt relaxed at the end of the meditation session which in turn helped them to stay active for the next session.

The guest speaker for the programme was Dr. Ravi Samuel, one of the Chennai’s eminent psychotherapists, who has over 20 years’ experience in treating people with emotional, behavioural, psychological, psychiatric problems, corporate mental health, etc. He has had professional training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy by Mr. Allan Davidson, Cognitive Behavior Therapist at Dept. of Clinical Neurology, Institute of Neurology and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London. He addressed our MS persons and their caregivers on the topic “ Caring for the Carers”.

He focused on mental well-being, for MS persons and Caregivers and how to handle the emotional effects, organize and fight within ourselves. He explained the healing process which was very informative and useful for our caregivers as they were able to relate it and make it has an interactive session.

As a coping mechanism, the counsellors Ms. Gayathri and Ms. Kavya who teamed up with Dr. Ravi Samuel taught us few breathing techniques. There was a question and answer session where our MS persons and caregivers clarified their doubts.

A birthday cake was cut by those who celebrated their birthday this month. They are  – Mrs. Ann Gonsalvez, Mr. Sivakumar, Mr. Raghunathan, Mrs. Lucy Nathan and Ms.   Keerthana by singing of happy birthday song by everyone.

Delicious snacks and tea brought the meeting to a close.

Picnic to Empress Garden

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A picnic was organised at Empress Garden on Sunday 17th November 2019. Around 74 people consisting of MSPs, their caregivers, dependent children of MSPs, Committee members, Staff members, invitees and BNY Mellon volunteers attended the picnic.

MSPs who were not in a position to travel to the picnic spot on their own were picked up and dropped back home by BNY volunteers.

Volunteers from BNY Mellon arrived at the picnic spot right on time, 9.30 am and helped MS Persons reached Nana Nani Park. The volunteer was available throughout the picnic duration and helped our MS Persons in many ways.

Our founder chairperson Mrs Mini Grant’s friend Mr Suresh Pingale, a member of Garden Committee in Pune allotted us Nana Nani Park and sponsored delicious breakfast for participants.

Breakfast was served at about 10.30 am. Volunteers helped in serving the breakfast. This was followed by a diverse range of activities which included singing performances by MSPs and interested picnickers, Antakshari, Housie game and other unique games. Prizes were also given to the winners.

17th November, being a birth anniversary of Late Dady C. Dady who is one of our major donors, a Cake cutting ceremony was organised. Mrs Mini Grant kindly accepted the request of all the members to perform the cake cutting ceremony.

Lunch was served at 1.30 pm. Participants, especially MSPs while having lunch interacted with each other. They shared their views, concerns with one another and were very happy to be in the group once again. They all really enjoyed this outing which gave them an opportunity to go away from home, meet old acquaintances, and get engaged in non-routine activities.MSPs and their caregivers thoroughly enjoyed this fun-filled picnic. The picnic concluded at 4.00 pm.

BNY Mellon Mega CSR Day

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November 4, 2019: is marked as Mega CSR Day for BNY Mellon, our CSR partner in Chennai.  BNY Mellon organised a walk for creating awareness on “Multiple Sclerosis” inside DLF IT park campus which houses more than 21 IT companies.   More than 350 of BNY Mellon employees took time off from their daily routine and volunteered to walk along with our MS persons and their caregivers by holding placards and banners of MSSI, which spoke volumes for Multiple Sclerosis.

We were able to create awareness among the young employees of 21 IT companies, maybe 5000 or more who witnessed the walk.

Annual Diwali Programme 2019

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MSSI Mumbai Chapter organised Diwali Program on Saturday, 2nd November 2019, from 4.00 pm to 7 p.m. at Shanmukhanand Hall, Matunga, Mumbai.

Total 120 attended the program including 41 MSPs.

The program began with welcoming the audience by Mrs. Sundari Raju, Jt. Hon. Treasurer, followed by an invocation song by Mohan Music Club. The chief guest of the program was Dr. Kishor Mehta, Homeopath. He has started MS Clinic at Ghatkopar and soon going to start another one at Vile Parle.

Mr. Raj Dhyani, Committee Member of MSSI, Mumbai gave a presentation on a new project of “Artificial Intelligence for Rehabilitation” for MSPs.

We were delighted by the presence of Mr. Hemant Nerurkar, Retired MD of Tata Steel as a Guest of Honour for the program. Mr. Hemant Nerurkar generously sponsored the entire Diwali Program. Mrs. Nerurkar, Hon. Treasurer of Mumbai Chapter devoting her valuable time for MSSI.

Diwali Dhamaka started with entertaining performances by adorable children of MSPs. Their charming dances, songs were applauded by all and MSSI appreciated them with Chocolate boxes and T-Shirts.

The highlight of the program was MSP 72 year Sudha Kulkarni’s excellent dance performance with superb facial expressions and movements with the help of walker on Hindi film songs.

This was followed by the popular music program by Mohan Music Club, who enthralled the audience with their melodious voices from popular Bollywood songs. The audience enthusiastically participated in singing and dancing along with them.

MSSI is grateful to Mohan Music Club for giving free music performances. They were given a token of appreciation by MSSI.
Refreshments were served to all present and travel bags and sweet boxes were given as Diwali gifts to all MS families.
Mrs. Sundari Raju anchored the program and proposed vote of thanks to all present.