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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.

Diwali Celebration and Caregivers Month

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MSSI – Chennai Chapter monthly meeting “Face to Face” Programme was a Diwali Celebration on 19.10.2019. Games like identifying the personalities, dumb charades and let’s talk in Tamil, was organised by our CSR partner – BNY Mellon volunteers. The game of housie was also part the game for the evening and for every game prizes were given to the winners.

The month of October is also dedicated to our caregivers. In order to give tribute to caregivers, a video was screened on their beautiful moments with our MS Person. To honour the Caregivers for their timeless efforts in taking care of their loved ones, we gifted the spouses, the siblings, the parent, the children, the friend of the MS person.

• Mr. Anzar – Best Care Giver Spouse – Msp. Vajiya banu
• Mrs. Shaheem – Best Care Giver Spouse – Msp. Mohammed Wassim.
• Mrs.Parvathi – Best Care Giver Mother –Msp. Monalisa
• Mr. Sadhasivam and Mrs. Santhakumari – Best Care Giver Parents –Msp. Smitha
• Mrs. Subashini – Best Care Giver Sister and Friend –Msp. Uma Mageshwari
• Ms. Roshini – Best Care Giver Daughter –Msp Farzana
• Mr. Utharanaryanan – Best Care Giver Son –Msp.Saraswathy

A birthday cake was cut by those who celebrated their birthday this month. They are Ms. Kalaivani and Mrs. Parveen, by singing of happy birthday song by everyone.

The meeting ended with a high tea.

The evening came to a happy ending with MS person and Caregivers, by distributing Diwali gifts and sweets to each family and wishing them Happy Diwali.

Awareness Programme at Colleges

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The awareness programme on Multiple Sclerosis was conducted in three colleges on various dates in the last month.

1. Loyola College, Chennai.
2. Mar Gregorius College, Chennai.
3. Dharmamurthi Rao Bhahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty’s Hindu College, Pattabiram, Chennai.

The main aim of this awareness programme was to make young students aware that there is an autoimmune disease called “Multiple Sclerosis”, also called “Crippler of the Young Adults”. Apart from that, the introduction of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Chennai Chapter, that looked after the welfare of the persons affected by it and its activities.

So far we have covered Social Work Colleges. The students actively participated during the session and leaflets were given to them to study more about this orphan disease. Many have opted to do internships with us.

Face to Face programme

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MSSI – Chennai Chapter monthly “Face to Face” Programme was held on 27-07-2019. The Chief Guest for the day was Dr. Alpha Khakhar practising Gynecologist, Obstetrician & Gynecologist and a Urogynecologist with an experience of 18 years.

Dr. Alpha Khakhar addressed the gathering on the topic “Multiple sclerosis and Incontinence”. She explained the connection between the brain and bladder. She also gave a case study of an actor Ms. Selma Blair an actress who is also diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and lives positively with the “will power” as an example of our MSP’s. She also explained about urinary incontinence diagnosis and assessment procedure followed by the treatment process. She spoke on Diet and nutrition to try gluten-free food. And she also focused on two important aspects i.e. exercise and stress management in that she specified the “Laughter therapy”. After the session, our CSR partners – BNY Mellon volunteers conducted games for the MS person and caregivers, followed by our MS persons Ms. Banumathy, Ms. Farzana, Ms. Gomathi birthday celebrations. Everyone had delicious Snacks and the meeting came to a happy ending.

Face to Face Program held on 22-06-2019

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The Chief Guest for the day was Dr. Prithika Chary, Consultant Neurologist & Neurosurgeon and Chief Neurologist at Kauvery Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in Chennai. She was the first and only lady in India to be qualified as both Neuro physician and Neurosurgeon.

Dr. Prithika Chary addressed the MS persons and their caregivers on the topic “Current treatment options for Multiple Sclerosis.” She started the session by giving a brief introduction about the MS and followed by the treatment process for the MS by explaining in detail about the Medicines available for MS and the treatment for each type of MS. She also focused on lifestyle changes, diet, nutrition, and the importance of Physical therapy ( exercise). She shared her personal life experience with Cancer, how she survived with it and how she overcame it. The session was for 1 ½ hour. Through her life sharing experiences, she created an impactful speech to our MS person which was very motivating and inspirational for them. There were around 45 MS patients and caregivers benefited from her talk. MS persons and caregivers were very attentive and participated actively by interacting with the resource person.

5 MS persons celebrated their Birthday by cutting cakes with their other MS friends singing Happy Birthday and everyone had their delicious snacks and meeting came to a happy ending.

 

WMSD Events – Chennai

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Event 1: WORLD MS DAY PROGRAMME ON  19th May 2019

Multiple Sclerosis Society of India – Chennai Chapter  together with Merck Serono organized an Awareness program on theme of World MS Day – “My Invisible MS Symptoms”, at Hotel Savera. The Chief Guest for the program was Dr. Deepak Arjundas from Vijaya hospital.

Event 2: WORLD MS DAY PROGRAMME AT  EXPRESS AVENUE

World Multiple Sclerosis Day 2019 is on May 30, 2019, and it is the only global awareness raising campaign for Multiple Sclerosis, the world over.

This year MSSI Chennai Chapter partially sponsored by Sanofi, created an Awareness programme, in observing World MS Day on 23rd Thursday at Express Avenue Mall at 6.00 pm. The Chief Guest for the program was Ms. Dipshi Blessy from Youtube channel – PutChutney.

The awareness program was through a music performance by our MS person crew known as Q- Elements. The lead singer was an MS person, a lady of great talent.  The fantastic dance performance was by Dance studio.  A Stand-up comedy and our MS persons created the much need awareness of MS by holding the placards of the Theme of World MS Day “ MY INVISIBLE MS”. The MC for our program was one of our MS person himself, and he did a wonderful job.

Event 3: World MS Day – PRESS MEET REPORT

World MS Day observed on 30th May 2019.  To raise awareness of “My invisible MS”, Press Meet was arranged at “Chennai Press Club- Chepauk”. The press meet was addressed by Neurologist Dr. M.R Sivakumar, who spoke in detail about the diagnosis, treatment, recent developments in medicine, etc. Mrs. Ann Gonsalvez Chairperson spoke about the activities of MSSI Chennai towards the welfare of Persons with MS and establishing life- long care and support system for them. Ms. Smitha, Committee member, told the press about the need for government to acknowledge MS as Multiple Disability due to more than 41 invisible symptoms apart from the visible ones, the various barriers faced and huge restrictions in the participation of persons with MS due to the same.

It was covered by English and Tamil News, also telecasted and published on the same day as well as the next day.

  • No: of : Tv Stations7 such as Moon tv, Jaya tv, Thamarai Tv, MMTV, IBC, TNA and Polimer News.
  • No : of : Tamil papers4 such as Tamilsudar, MGR News, Dinabhoomi and Mudalseithi
  • No : of : English papers4 such as Deccan Chronicle, Indian express, Newstoday and  The Hindu
  • No: of : Malayalam papers 1 that is Mathurubhoomi

Here are the link of the newspaper.

Event 4: Awareness Programme on “Invisible Symptoms of MS at AGS Cinemas.

The video was screened on 3 AGS CINEMAS on 30th MAY, this is the poster Created by  MSSI –CHENNAI CHAPTER by using the Poster making tool from the website and collaged to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and it’s Invisible Symptoms. Video attached in zip file.

 

Surya Namaskar – power for health.

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MSSI Chennai Chapter had a “Face to Face” programme on 23.03.2019. The evening started with “Meditation Session” by Dr Kalpana. Later  Dr Bashyam, who is a renowned researcher and practitioner of “Surya Namaskar” took over the next session.  He started the session with prayer. He briefed our MS persons about the importance of sunlight, vitamin D and Yoga. Deep breathing in and out, preferably on an empty stomach, is very beneficial for overall health issues.

Mrs. Hema beautifully demonstrated the 12 postures of Surya Namaskar yoga in a chair and requested  MS persons and their caregivers follow the instructions and practice the same at home to get effective results. For follow up, they are advised to show the steps in the next meeting. The MS persons were asked to volunteer to do the Gummi (a folk dance about sunlight).

The evening came to a happy ending with MS person, Mr. Arun Kumar and Mr. Kenzer cutting a birthday cake to the joyous singing of Happy Birthday by all the 50 MS persons and their caregivers.

Sumptuous snacks and tea brought the meeting to a close.

India MS Day 2019 – Chennai

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To mark “India MS Day” an “MS Awareness Rally” was organized by the Multiple Sclerosis

Society of India and the Chennai Royal Riders Motorcycle Club. Motor Bike Rally from Shollinganallur Tollgate to Mahabalipuram (30 Kms) was flagged off by Mr. Rajiv Khanna, Managing Director of Kwality Milk Foods Limited, Chennai. Members of Multiple Sclerosis Society, Patients, Volunteers, and Social Work Students participated in the Rally. Mrs. Ann Gonsalvez, Hon. Chairperson of MSSI- Chennai, gave an awareness talk about MS, its symptoms and effects.

One of the unique features of India MS Day 2019 was the Riders ended the rally in the Sea Breeze Resort, Mahabalipuram, where more than 125 MS People, caregivers, Students and volunteers were gathered for their annual picnic. They were received with handclapping and loud cheers.

The volunteers from BNY (Bank of New York) conducted group games for MSP’s and caregivers such as hitting the cups, breaking the balloon, bingo etc.

Students of Social Work from Loyola College, Madras School of Social Work and Mar Gregorios College conducted song and dance through a game of Dumcharade. This was to portray the told and untold emotion of the MSP and how it should be understood. It also conveyed the message how the caregivers should “remove the negativity” from their life and also not to pressure the MSP’s.

Delicious food and refreshments were provided for everyone. The MSP’s and caregivers had a good time interacting with each other by singing and dancing. The resort was on the beach; hence the cool water of the Arabian Sea welcomed them all with a dip in its water. With the great fun and enjoyment, the day came to an end.

Neuro Update 2019

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Neuro update 2019 was held on 05/01/2019. Over more than 300 neurologists in India and abroad converge at Chennai to discuss various neurological issues. This year the topic was Neuro-Ophthalmology. A two hours session for MS persons was chaired by:

Prof. Dr. Valerie Biousse, Professor of Ophthalmology & Neurology of Emory University of Medicine, USA.

Prof. Nancy Newman, Professor of Ophthalmology & Neurology of Emory University of Medicine, USA.

PROFESSORS. EMERITUS Dr. Arjun Das & Dr.Velmurugandan.

It was a highly interactive session. The MS patients and their caregivers gained more knowledge on Neuro-Ophthalmology and felt really happy in attending the session.

World Disability Week

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A Rally was held with all Disability organisations participating at Besant Nagar Beach on December 3, 2018.

A Human Chain was held on 10/12/2018, once again highlighting the need of reclaiming Our Constitutionals Rights.