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Raise pledges, strap on skis for MS support

Are you a skier or snowboarder who knows someone affected by multiple sclerosis?

If you answered yes, then you should come to Ski for MS on Sunday, Jan. 26 at Mount Washington Alpine Resort.  A fundraiser for the MS Society of Canada, North Vancouver Island Chapter, Ski for MS is a great way to help people affected by MS in your community and earn a fun, inspiring and free day on the slopes!

Register online at www.msski.ca or phone 250-339-0819 to register and receive an email with everything you need to get started fundraising.

Registered participants who raise the pledge minimum for their age group will receive a free lift pass or Nordic ski pass for Jan. 26, lunch at the Hawk Dog Stand, a Ski for MS t–shirt or toque, entry to the Vertical Challenge – a fun endurance event, and the chance to win some great prizes donated from throughout the community.

After a great day on the mountain, at 3:30 there will be a quick wrap up ceremony to find out how much money was raised and maybe claim a great draw prize!

The pledge minimums are:

  • Adult (19 – 64) $150
  • Student (19 – 64) $125
  • Senior (65+) $125
  • Youth (13 – 18) $100
  • Child (7 – 12) $75

Many of our participants add to the fun by creating a team made up of friends, family, or co-workers.

Show your team spirit by dressing up or distinguishing yourselves at Ski for MS – there will be prizes for the top fundraising team and best team spirit!  FYI – team members are not required to stay together for the day.

If you are up on Mount Washington on Jan. 26, stop by the Ski for MS station at the base of the Hawk 6ix Pack Chairlift. They will be holding 50/50 draws throughout the day, Jet FM will be on site with great music and the Hawk Dog Stand will be donating the proceeds of sales that day to the MS Society.

Funds raised at this event will be used to:

(1) provide local programs and services for people affected by MS on North Vancouver Island including information and referral, supportive counselling, self-help groups, financial assistance through our Equipment Provision Program and Special Assistance Program, and the Comox MS Clinic and

(2) provide funds for our Chapter’s annual research donation.

In 2013, thanks to fantastic community support for all of their fundraising events, the local chapter donated $11,330 to MS research.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, debilitating disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms can include vision problems, extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, loss of balance and coordination, tingling and numbness, cognitive problems and partial or complete paralysis.

Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world: an estimated 100,000 Canadians have MS. It is most often diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40 and affects three times as many women as men.

For more information about Ski for MS go to www.mssociety.ca/chapters/northvanisl or call 250-339-0819.

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