Link Between Skin Cancer and Parkinson’s Raised

A review published in the journal Neurology in 2011 suggested that people with Parkinson’s may be more likely to be diagnosed with the skin cancer melanoma but appeared to be at lower risk for most other types of cancer. The research team at the National Institutes of Health in the US analysed the data from…

Footloose Fun Walk

    The Footloose Fun Walk, Run & Wheel event was back this year during Parkinson’s Awareness Week, promoting the role of regular exercise in maintaining good health. This event was better than ever, with over 150 people participating on a balmy but very gusty Sunday. North Hagley Park was filled with Society members and…

Christmas Cake Raffle

One of our fabulous members has generously donated a homemade Christmas Cake for us to raffle. We have raffle ticket sheets (10 tickets per sheet) that we would like to ask our members to help us sell. Each entry costs $2 and all proceeds go to the Society. If you would like to sell these…

Society Mascot Carries the Colours

We have recently become aware that we should have a symbol or sign to help new members identify where Society meetings are taking place when we are out and about. Enter our new mascot, Percy the Pukeko. Percy has our Society colours of red and blue and will be on display at gatherings like Men’s…

Christmas Gift Ideas

By Jill McChesney Christmas gifts come in all shapes and sizes but all too often they end up unused as they’re not fit for purpose. Here is a small selection of affordable and useful products that make excellent gifts at any time of the year, any of which definitely would be a welcome inclusion in…

Heat and MS – Surviving the Summer

By Judy McKeown, RN (MS Resource Nurse) Sensitivity to heat is a recognized symptom of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).External and internal increases in body temperature alike can cause either a block or the slowing down of messages moving along a nerve. This can temporarily cause the symptoms of MS to become worse. Elevating body temperature, even…

A Positive Step for MS Community

By Judy McKeown, RN (MS Resource Nurse) PHARMAC’s announcement that it will fund two new treatments for Multiple Sclerosis has been described as “a momentous day for thousands of people” living with the condition by MSNZ Vice President Neil Woodhams. After years of funding submissions, culminating in a campaign this year led by MSNZ, PHARMAC…

Thank You for Supporting our Annual Appeal

The Society is tremendously grateful to all the volunteers who braved a chilly and often inhospitable Friday in September to help with our annual Street Appeal. The Street Appeal was held across Canterbury over two days, Friday 5 September and Saturday 6 September. It attracted the support of over 450 volunteers, including high school students,…

Christmas BBQ

Our good friends from the Papanui Club will again provide members and their families with a delicious BBQ lunch. It also gives you the opportunity to say farewell to the Society’s manager Jenny Boyer, who will be retiring at the end of the year. Jenny started working here in 1988 and has been the Society’s…

Duo Cookbooks Now Just $15!

DUO Cookbooks make great Christmas presents… especially for those friends or family members who seem to have everything. We have a number of copies of this popular item for sale at the much reduced price of $15, almost half their original price! DUO features over 160 recipes, including special contributions from renowned chef Jo Seagar…