A “Talk Show” was held at a prominent Hotel in the city on May 24, 2016. Six MS persons – Mr. Gopi, a Research Scholar, Ms. Bharathikannamma , a young, B.E. Electronics Engineer, Prof. Sunder, a Professor of Mathematics, Ms. Smitha, a Social Activists, Ms. Pramila , Leadership Trainer & Executive Coach, and Mr. Shanmuganathan , a retired engineer, father and grandfather all spoke of each of them “Being Stronger than MS”. Each talk echoed the pathos the all went thru’ braving MS, and still climbing the ladder in their professional and personal lives. A top comedy actor “Mr. Karthik Kumar” hosted the show. They were about 100 guests , well wishers, donors, MS persons and carers. It was very well received by one and all and created the much needed “Awareness of MS”. The meeting was followed by sumptuous dinner.
Multiple Sclerosis Society Of India(MSSI), Mumbai Chapter, World MS Day 2016
Educational Medical Seminar
Multiple Sclerosis Society of India along with global MS Societies observes World MS Day on the last Wednesday of May every year. This year MSSI had decided to organize various nationwide MS awareness campaigns throughout May.
On Sunday 22nd, in association with Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, MSSI Mumbai Chapter had organized an Educational Medical Seminar, on “ Multiple Sclerosis, New Developments” at Grand Sarovar Banqet Hall , Goregoan from 10 .30 am to 1 pm.
In all 110 people were present including many Doctors, Patients, Caregivers, Therapists and MSSI Team .
Dr. Mohit Bhatt, Neurologist & Director Neurosciences, KDAH. Welcomed all present.
Following Doctors from KDAH enlightened the audience by sharing their expertise on various aspects of MS.
- Dr. Jayanti Mani, Neurologist, briefed on “ABC of Multiple Sclerosis.”
- Dr. Sunita Iyer, Neurophysiologist spoke about “Diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis.”
- Dr. Niren Dongre, MS Ophthalmology gave detailed information on “Acute loss of vision :Is it Multiple Sclerosis?”
- Dr. Chinmay Mehta, Neuroradiologist, Multiple sclerosis mimics : MRI to the rescue.
- Dr. Annu Aggarwal, Neurologist highlighted on “newer treatment options and outcomes in Multiple Sclerosis.”
On behalf of MSSI, Sheela Chitnis spoke on 31 Years Journey of MSSI , where she highlighted the ongoing patient welfare Projects & Rehabilitation. She also highlighted various Awareness drives taken by MSSI, Mumbai .
This was followed by animated Question-Answer Session where all these experts participated.
MSSI is grateful to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, our special thanks to Dr. Mohit Bhatt & Dr. Annu Aggarwal for organizing an excellent Medical Seminar & providing lunch to all present.
We offer our sincere thanks to all KDAH doctors for giving us valuable information on MS.
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, 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…