The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland (MSI) launched a new voluntary branch on 29th May in the Spafield Resource Centre, Cashel. John Crosse, Chairperson of South Tipperary County Council, officially launched the branch and spoke of the importance of volunteering and community.
Other speakers included Margaret Burke, member of MSI Board of Management, who welcomed the new branch in the MSI family. Maria Leahy, PHN for Physical and Sensory Disabilities, spoke on behalf of the HSE for Tipperary South outlining how to access local health services such as physiotherapy, public health nursing, occupational therapy, GP, personal and home supports. Willie Perry Chairperson of the new Tipperary South branch of MSI gave an inspiring account of the work and time involved by the team of volunteers who helped to develop the branch. He explained that Tipperary South branch will focus on supporting people with multiple sclerosis to self-manage such as Yoga and Physiotherapy. Willie also reminded people that many other agencies also support people with MS e.g. the Citizens Information Centres, MABS, the Centre for Independent living, the Carers Association, the IWA, the County Council, The Sports Partnership, the VEC, HSE therapists and health workers in the community to mention a few. Willie thanked neighbouring branches for their help and support with the new development and paid tribute to the people in Tipperary South for their on-going support and generosity with their help to get the branch started and with the fundraising.
Karen Sayers Senior Physiotherapist based in Cashel gave a wonderful presentation on the importance of organised exercise as well as general physical activity. Yoga instructor Brigid Power gave a lovely demonstration of the importance of ‘the breath’ and had us all inhaling and exhaling as an experiential part of being.
A selection of very useful information stands was available for people to meet the representatives hosting the stands e.g. The Occupation Therapy and Physiotherapy departments from the HSE provided professional information, advice and also a selection of equipment available. Many community & voluntary agencies provided stands with very useful information.
If the launch of the branch is any indication of the future of the group it is certainly has a positive outlook. The committee comprises of people who are clear and focused on what needs to be done as well as how they will go about it . The best of luck
If anyone wishes to contact The MS Society of Ireland
Information line 1890 233 233
Regional Contact 056 7777771
Tipp South Contact: Willie Perry 087 2563387