MS Ireland celebrate World MS Day today with events all over Ireland

Padraig Conlon 30 May 2023
Andy Walsh

MS Ireland is holding events and activities to raise awareness on World MS Day, today May 30th, through its great network of local branches and regional offices throughout Ireland.

MS Ireland will be holding events in Dublin including a briefing in the Irish parliament, a lecture in Trinity College Dublin and the annual coffee morning at MS Ireland National Care Centre.

Many famous buildings throughout Ireland will be lit up in red to raise awareness for MS and our branches and regionals offices are holding many events including fundraisers, tea parties, poetry readings, vintage car shows and information days.

Ava Battles, Chief Executive of MS Ireland commented: “There is no singular experience of MS, the journey is unique to each individual. Our community has seen huge developments in terms of treatments and therapies over the past three decades but we still have hurdles to overcome.

“This World MS Day we want to challenge misconceptions around MS and redefine the “face of MS” in public perception by shining a spotlight on the full and varied lives of those who live with it.”

Andy Walsh is living with multiple sclerosis since 2020 and has been chosen as one of the “faces” for MS Ireland’s World MS Day campaign on this week.

The theme of the “Faces of MS” exhibition featuring Andy Walsh in the St Stephen’s Green Centre in Dublin in partnership with Novartis is to highlight and challenge the perceptions of what people living with MS look like and are capable of.

MS Ireland is commemorating World MS Day with an exhibition of portraits of eight members of the MS community as part of MS Ireland’s schedule of events marking the international awareness day all over Ireland.

World MS Day on the 30th May every year aims to raise awareness and support for people living with Multiple Sclerosis, the most common debilitating neurological condition affecting young adults in Ireland.

This day of celebration brings the global MS community together to share stories, raise awareness and campaign for everyone affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

Multiple Sclerosis is different for each person impacted by it.

They experience different symptoms, with different degrees of severity for different amounts of time.

There is no one way to ‘have’ MS, there is no one way to live with MS.

The aim of the exhibition is to showcase a range of experiences so people will better understand that MS is a very individual condition.

While Andy has experienced some MS related challenges including issues with walking, he has not let this hold him back.

He has a very positive mindset.

Andy loves all sports, but especially high adrenaline motorsport where he has a high profile in the Irish motorsport scene as he interviews crews on Facebook Live at the end of a stage at rallies with an online following of over 60,000 people.

MS Ireland is holding events and activities to raise awareness on World MS Day through its great network of local branches and regional offices throughout Ireland with all details on their dedicated webpage

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