There are many numerous worthy charities that touch my heart, but one that is particularly close to me for personal reasons, is the MS Society.
My Uncle passed away from MS (Multiple Sclerosis) aged 53 after first learning he had the condition when he was 30.
A close friend of ours has had MS for several years now – an incredibly intelligent woman, who unfortunately is now wheel-chair bound – but despite this, she has a wonderful enthusiasm for life and assists others with MS at a Melbourne hospital.
Earlier this year I reconnected with an old school friend and learnt she was diagnosed with MS, aged 29. After school, we used to ride our bikes together around the streets as kids – great memories.
She’s now 34 like me, and day-to-day activities tire her easily. Fortunately she is able to afford the latest steroid treatments for MS and credits these for allowing her to still be able to work full-time. She hopes to have a family of her own one day.
MS is the most common chronic neurological disease in young people.
Years (ok, decades) ago when I was in primary school, we all took part in the MS Readathon, which I loved doing as kid (being an avid reader helped!). Unfortunately however, all these years later, there still is no cure for MS. The Readathon remains an annual event run by the MS Society (did you know adults can take part too?) and while it’s finished for this year, you can help the MS Society by purchasing Christmas cards.
Even though it’s time-consuming, I still enjoy writing and posting our Christmas cards each year. Yes I know some people are concerned about the amount of trees used to manufacture Christmas cards and many of us prefer to send an email instead. Or send out a quick and cheery ”Merry Christmas” via their Facebook status…
But for me, that just doesn’t cut it. We’re not that time poor. And cards can be recycled. There’s something special about the tradition of writing in a card and posting it. (I’ve written about it here, and so has Claire over on her blog, here.)
So if you need some Christmas cards, why not support the MS Society while you’re at it. A 10-pack of cards is only $5 and you can buy them online here: http://www.mssociety.org.au/christmascards/
‘Cause apparently, there’s only 63 days until Christmas!