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PICNIC 2016

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On Saturday 17th September 2016, 65 members including MSPs, Caregivers, Committee Members, Staff  and volunteers enjoyed a day’s outing amidst naturally beautiful surroundings at SANSKRUTI RESORT, at Loni Kalbhor which is about 45 minutes drive from the city. Committee Member, Mrs Noorbanu Jinnah’s persuasions allowed a discounted cost for the good cause.

A 48-Seater bus was arranged and the pick-up and drop place was at Committee Member, Mrs Jyoti Ronghe’s residence where all had assembled at 10.30 AM and reached the picnic place at 12 noon. Our Community Partners BNY Mellon volunteers efficiently looked after the convenience and comfort of all MSPS right from the start to the time of seeing them off safe back home.

Everyone was treated to a welcome drink along with breakfast.

Being a Cultural Centre, the MSPs and their caregivers spent an interesting day trying their talent at Mehndi, pottery, jewellery making etc.

While a magician entertained the crowd, many MSPs and their caregivers joined in the dance on the stage with another folk dance artist.

Mrs Noorbanu Jinnah, Mrs Jyoti Ronghe, Mrs Sunita Lalwani, Mrs Asha Merchant and Mrs Madhuri Kothawale talked to motivate the MSPs and their Caregivers and showed their appreciation for their courage and positive attitude to have come out of their daily routines and have a fun filled day with their MSSI friends.

Lunch too was appreciated by all and after a group photo-session everyone readied to return around 4 pm .

World MS Day

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Cyber City Magarpatta has a huge community of young software professionals working with most prominent corporate names so it was an ideal venue for Awareness. MSSI along with their Community Partners BNY Mellon group of volunteers organised an Awareness Drive at the Amphitheatre, Aditi Garden on 25th May 2016 between 5 pm and 6 pm when their streets and by lanes have maximum people outdoors.

Hon Secretary Mrs Sunita Lalwani welcomed all. MSSI orange caps drew good crowds who took time to listen to the Presentation made by Mrs Lalwani and gathered a lot of knowledge about MS, its impact and challenges faced by MS persons and also learnt that MSSI was active in managing and facilitating many issues with these persons.

BNY Mellon volunteers had made big charts which attracted the onlookers who had lot of queries which Chairman Mr JP Banerjee and Mrs Sarita Varma clarified and impressed upon them the importance of being aware of health issues which are less known like MS.

The event concluded after a photo session at Tower No. 6 where about a 100 supporters assembled after completing a Walkathon around Cyber city with the slogan “YES! WE CARE!”

World MS Day

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WORLD MS DAY 2016 was observed on 14th May 2016 at SGS MALL, Moledena Road, Camp area.

Saturday’s leisure crowds at the Mall, plus the audience made it a decent gathering and we were happy with the interest generated at a public place. Chairman Mr JP Banerjee welcomed all listeners to the WORLD MS DAY 2016. He talked about MS & MSSI.

Mrs Sunita Lalwani presented a PPT to explain about MS and the challenges faced by MS persons. This year WMSD theme being “INDEPENDENCE”, two of our MS persons Mrs Jyoti Ronghe and Mr. Amit Bhandari had prepared audio visuals about what independence meant to them and this was played to the audience. The AVs were very informative and appreciated by the public.

Later singer Madhura Gogate entertained all with some motivational songs in her melodious voice and the audience too chorused along. Mrs Asha Merchant made many join in for the 1-minute games she organised.

Mr JP Banerjee felicitated MSPs, Caregivers, Volunteers and Donors as a token of appreciation for their involvement in improving the lives of MSPs.

Our Community Partners BNY Mellon group of volunteers cheered the crowd with a dance along with a popular Marathi song and even obliged the crowd with an encore performance.

The event concluded with a Human Chain where Mall visitors too joined hands and chorused “YES! WE CARE!”

 

Happy Streets

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HAPPY STREETS, an Initiative of Times of India& Maharashtra Times has of recent times become a much sought after outing on Sunday mornings almost round the year. The PMC and Pune Police ensured discipline and order. The young and energetic and not so young too look for a fun filled few hours and in the process learn about issues from organisations like us who take every opportunity to spread Awareness about MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS and MSSI. This particular Sunday, Happy Streets was also celebrating MAHARASHTRA DAY so our participation was quite a success amidst large gathering. The World MS Day was to follow so as a precursor to the event this was a good exposure.

The Sunday morning of 1st May 2016 was abuzz with activity, as early as 6.30 AM at PARIHAR CHOWK, AUNDH, PUNE.  Some MSSI staff, friends and well wishers joined 15 volunteers of BNY Mellon who are our NGO Partners to take the MSSI message of “YES! WE CARE” on the HAPPY STREETS. The BNY MELLON volunteers in yellow T-Shirts with their company logo and all of us with MSSI caps and MSSI Placards on us made our group a distinct crowd puller. Many enquired and listened to us and collected English and Hindi Brochures from us to know more about MS and MSSI.

The group cycled the entire length of the HAPPY STREET for half hour and walked back chanting YES, WE CARE. The big draw was the Maharashtra Day Wall where we all signed with the name MSSI. It was a healthy happy morning for all with different groups leading all participants to a Zumba dance, the Djembe Drum Circle, badminton, football and much more…