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MS Awareness Session – Bengaluru

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On February 24th, 2024, at PMSSY Seminar Hall, Victoria Hospital Compound, MSSI Bengaluru Chapter came together to celebrate the incredible moments of India MS Day. With the theme “#InsureMyMS,” the aim was to raise awareness and support PwMS.

Highlights included a captivating film on MS, created with the support of Bosch, showcasing MSSI’s commitment to MS awareness.

Chief Guest, Mr. Das Suryavamshi, Disability Commissioner of Karnataka Government reaffirmed the government’s dedication to addressing MS-related concerns.

Dr. Janardhan and Dr. Rajesh B. Iyer gave expert insights on MS activities and advanced treatment options.

Guest of Honor, Kannada Actress Sharanya Shetty, passionately advocated for affordable treatment and insurance, leaving a lasting impact.

The event underscored the importance of collaboration between healthcare professionals, government officials, celebrities, and the MS community.

Image depicting a diverse and supportive community of individuals affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), coming together for mutual support, education, and empowerment.

Celebrating “Stars of Strength: A Winter Gala for MS Warriors”

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On December 28, 2023, MSSI Bangalore, in collaboration with RAGAMS, hosted a heartwarming event at the Rotary House of Friendship. The evening kicked off with inspiring words from RAGAMS Chairperson Rtn. Shankar Subramanian, setting the stage for a night filled with camaraderie and inspiration.

We were honored to share the mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (MSSI), highlighted through a moving film supported by Bosch. The applause resonated not just for the creators but for every warrior battling this disease.

Rotary Team & Dhwani mesmerized the audience with magical performances, captivating over a hundred guests with music and joy. A highlight of the night was the donation of a wheelchair to Dinesh, a cherished member of our MS community, symbolizing the tangible impact of our collective efforts.

To spread the joy of the New Year, cakes were gifted to all participants, marking a sweet start to hopeful beginnings. Gratitude to RAGAMS, Lead Clubs – Rotary Bengaluru Platinum City and Rotary Bangalore Abilities, and Supporting Clubs for their unwavering support.

Special thanks to RI District 3191 District Governor Rtn. Udaya Kumar Bhaskar, whose presence and inspiring speech left an indelible mark. Appreciation to Rtn.Sunil Telkar for his support and guidance.

A heartfelt thank you to Mr. Umesh, Superintendent, Department for the Empowerment of the Differently Abled and Senior Citizens, for his commitment and instrumental role in obtaining electric wheelchairs from the Government for our MS community.

Tokens of appreciation were presented to the Presidents of participating Rotary Clubs, symbolizing our collective unity in supporting MS warriors.

As the evening concluded with a sumptuous dinner, “Stars of Strength” proved to be more than an event; it became a beacon of hope and solidarity for the MS community.

India MS Day Celebrations Bengaluru

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India MS Day celebration held by MSSI, Bengaluru Chapter was a grand event. The main supporters behind the success of this event were Rotary Bengaluru Orion Gateway, Rotary RAGAMS, Rotary Rajmahal Vilas, Rotary Abilities, Bosch & Omega Healthcare. MSSI Bengaluru Chapter is grateful to the entire team for their support towards a noble cause. We were able to create awareness for more than 400 people who had gathered for the event.

Medical Camp at Sparsh Hospital

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A Medical Camp was organised by MSSI Bengaluru Chapter at Sparsh Hospital Auditorium, Infantry Road on 17 December 2022. A Wheelchair was donated to PwMS Freeda at the camp. Christmas & New Year gifts were also given to all PwMS & doctors. Dr Rajesh B. Iyer, Dr Soujanya, Neurology Dept. & Dr Tejas, Urology Dept. of Sparsh Hospital were also a part of the camp.

Awareness Programme

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An Awareness event on MS was organized by RAGAMS (Rotary Action Group Against Multiple Sclerosis) through a Photography Exhibition along with the International Fellowship of Rotarian Photographers (IFRP) and Thank God It’s Saturday (TGIS) at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath from 11th to 13th November 2022.

MS person Fashion Show with RAGAMS | WMSD 2022

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This year MSSI Bangalore Chapter partnered with The Rotary Club and RAGAMS (The Rotary Action Group Against Multiple Sclerosis) to celebrate the lives of people with MS, their support networks and advocate for better services for them.

This is the first time in the world that 30 Rotary Clubs joined hands together to celebrate World MS Day which was a stepping stone in creating awareness about MS to the vast group. A display of photographs depicting invisible symptoms added more significance to this event. The Bangalore MSSI Chapter chose to break down stereotypes and do a fashion show with 14 people with MS walking the ramp. Every model walked with excellent confidence and a love for life!

Virtual Concert

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An Entertainment program – Virtual Concert was held on Oct 2nd 2020 to entertain all MS persons & their family members to bring a change for them during the pandemic which was well-received by all the chapters.

India MS Day at PMSSY Hospital

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To commemorate India MS Day an Awareness program cum panel discussion was held at PMSSY Hospital (Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana) – Victoria Hospital Campus on 07 Feb 2020.

More than 100 people had gathered which includes MS persons, caretakers, Doctors, Volunteers, Government officials etc.

The Chief Guest & Speakers for the event were:

  • Veteran Actor Sri. Srinath – Chief Guest
  • Geetha Patil – Deputy Director, Dept. of the Empowerment of Differently Abled & Senior Citizens
  • Umesh – District Disabled Welfare Officer
  • Rajesh B. Iyer – Neurologist, Vikram Hospital
  • Shashikant – Integrated Medicine specialist

Institution:

  • Praveen Kumar – HOD, Neurology Dept., PMSSY – BMC & RI
  • Archana. B – Professor of Neurology, PMSSY – BMC & RI
  • Karthik – Associate Professor, PMSSY – BMC & RI
  • D. C.Janardhan – Assistant Professor, PMSSY – BMC & RI
  • Suhas – Assistant Professor, PMSSY – BMC & RI
  • Manoj Alluri – Neurology Resident – PMSSY – BMC & RI
  • Sanketh – Neurology Resident – PMSSY – BMC & RI
  • Nirupama. C – Neuro Physiotherapist – PMSSY – BMC & RI

The program started with lighting the lamp by the Chief Guest, Actor Srinath, Smt. Geetha Patil, Mr. Umesh, Dr. Praveen Kumar & Narayan Rao – MS person.

The invocation was rendered by Ms. Shruti followed by welcome address by Mr. Punkaj Gupta.

Mementoes were given to all the dignitaries present. Chief guest Veteran Actor Srinath spoke about the difficulties faced by MS affected persons & also told the audience that MSSI Bengaluru Chapter has organized this program as a platform for MS persons to discuss their difficulties & problems faced with the panel of Doctors & Government officials & to make use of this rare opportunity. He also wished all MS persons to follow as per the Doctor’s advice & stay healthy.

MS persons Geetha Balaji & Gautam Kashyap were given an opportunity to share their experience & challenges faced after their diagnosis of MS.

Dr. Manoj Alluri spoke on the topic About MS followed by Neuro Rehabilitation in MS by Dr. Nirupama. C. Dr. Shashikanth, Yoga therapist taught a few exercises on Mind & Body Relaxation.

After the yoga session, a Panel Discussion was held which was moderated by Mr. Punkaj Gupta. It was a good interaction between the Doctors, Government Officials & MS persons. Mr. Umesh Chandrashekar & Smt. Geetha Patil explained about the various schemes to be availed through UDID card. MSSI also submitted a project proposal to Smt. Geetha Patil & Mr. Umesh Chandrashekar at this point of time to take it forward to the concerned Government officials.

Main points mentioned in the project proposal were:

Objectives – Rehabilitation centre cum office for MSSI

  • Mobilize all of us inside the movement –  organizations, people affected by MS, volunteers, donors and staff, to achieve our common mission to improve the quality of life of people affected by MS.
  • To expand our work all around the districts in Karnataka & provide services.
  • To bring Staff training program for administering Official work and therapies.
  • It is built on the conviction that if we work together we can achieve this faster and better than if we each work on our own.

Smt. Geetha Patil, Deputy Director Dept. of the Empowerment of Differently Abled & Senior Citizens assured us that she would take it forward. She also invited the MSSI Committee to meet her next week to take this proposal forward.

Finally, Mr. Punkaj Gupta rendered Vote of thanks & thanked all the dignitaries, Doctors, MS persons, caretakers & volunteers for their support in attending this event & making it a grand success.

Disability Week Bengaluru Chapter

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As a part of Disability Week Bengaluru Chapter showcased the #My Invisible MS campaign photographs at ANZ, Bengaluru. More than 500 people visited the kiosk and Shankar Subramanian gave a talk on disability etiquettes and invisible disabilities.

 

Seeing the Unseen

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To Commemorate World MS Day MSSI Bengaluru Chapter hosted a photography exhibition – Seeing the Unseen depicting the pictures of Invisible Symptoms of MS.

The Exhibition was held from 29th  to 31st May 2019 at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bengaluru which explored the voice of MS persons about their Invisible Symptoms.

Chief Guests for the event was Rotarian Suresh Hari, District Governor RMV Club, Ms. Vasanthi Hariprakash – Social media influencer & Journalist, Rotarian Rajaram & Punkaj Gupta, Hon. Secretary of MSSI, Bengaluru Chapter.

World MS Day program started with the lighting of the lamp by the chief guests Mr. Viresh Oberoi – MSSI President, Mrs. Renuka Malaker – National Hon. Secretary MSSI, Guest of Honor RJ Melodee, Mr. Mariappan, Asst. Director – Dept. of Empowerment of Differently Abled & Senior citizens, Karnataka Government. The invocation was rendered by MS person Kavita Jayaram followed by Welcome Address by Mr. Punkaj Gupta.

WMSD Representative Mr. Shankar Subramanian spoke about MSSI & WMSD. Mr. Mariappan spoke about various aspects of the Disability Act & about the implementation of UDID card in Karnataka. He also assured of his possible assistance towards MSSI from the Government end.

A panel discussion was held followed by press interaction.