A fundraising walk benefiting multiple sclerosis research takes place at Maffeo Sutton Park this Sunday (May 28). (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo’s MS Walk takes place Sunday at Maffeo Sutton Park

Organizers say goal is $25,000

People will gather at Maffeo Sutton Park on Sunday (May 28) to raise money for those with multiple sclerosis.

Check-in for the Nanaimo Scotiabank MS Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. with the event beginning at 10 a.m. The fundraising target is $25,000 and according to Cathy Nidoski, MS Society of Canada B.C. spokeswoman, money raised goes to programs and services that can be used throughout the province.

MS is a disease that impacts the central nervous system and is said to affect 100,000 Canadians, according to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

“We have services like our (MS) Navigator program and that is a program, it’s a 1-800 number (1-844-859-6789) that people can call, actually anywhere in Canada, and they can get information about MS and about what services are available in their area. Doctors, if they have questions about research or treatment or anything at all really related to MS, they can call that,” said Nidoski.

In Nanaimo, free legal guidance, grants for equipment purchases and rentals and a self-help group are also available.

The goal for the 2017 event is $25,000 and while $4,931 has been raised as of Wednesday morning, Marissa Ledding, Vancouver Island fundraising coordinator, said more money usually comes in the days leading up to the event.

Close to $30,000 was raised at the 2016 event in Nanaimo.

For more information, please go to www.mswalks.ca.


Just Posted

Memorial for drug overdose victims on display at St. Paul’s Church in Nanaimo

Flags of Hope Overdose Awareness Display at Chapel Street church until Aug. 29

QB McGarvey steers V.I. Raiders to first win of 2019 season

Raiders blow out Kamloops Broncos in home opener in Nanaimo

Traffic back to normal after accident at Island Highway-Brechin Road in Nanaimo

Accident involved truck and taxi at turn lane leading to Departure Bay ferry terminal

United Way’s denim drive launches at Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Centre

United by Denim campaign runs from Aug. 17 until Sept. 2

Yacht designer will share dramatic stories from America’s Cup racing

Steve Killing to speak at Nanaimo Yacht Club on Aug. 24 for choir fundraiser

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Beefs & Bouquets, Aug. 15

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Most Read