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MSWA Bulletin Magazine Spring 2021

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What is assistive technology and how can it help you? | Good health monitoring practices | Pain and pain management series: Part 2 | Farewell Marcus Stafford


BRAND, MARKETING & SALES COMMUNITY FUNDRAISERS IN FOCUS MSWA Client Dymathy Hollands and family. Boots, Bubbles and BBQs, what do they have in common you might ask? MSWA Community Fundraisers, they come from all sorts of avenues! COCKBURN LAKES FOOTBALL CLUB FUNDRAISER Boots were donned, as the Cockburn Lakes Football Club took to the field for their Round 15 Blockbuster against Nollamara on Saturday, 24 July. With the cause close to the heart of the team, they were joined by MSWA Client Dymathy Hollands, who was diagnosed with MS 15 years ago, and her family who helped to spur the team on to victory. With a triumphant win by the team on the day, funds from the sale of match day jerseys, raffles and auction, and donations from supporters of Glen Hollands from Red Sands Suppliers, the fundraiser raised a phenomenal ,000! Club President, Colin van Raalte said, "The Cockburn Football Club holds an annual charity game for community groups, and with MSWA close to our hearts it was certainly one of the biggest fundraisers we have held. We hope that the money raised can help MSWA provide much needed support and we at the CLFC wish MSWA the very best in the future." BUBBLES & BLOWDRYS Bubbles were flowing on Saturday, 2 October as Shenae Wilson and the team at Shenae Wilson Hair in Ocean Reef were blow-drying up a storm in the name of raising funds for MSWA. Clients were treated to a grazing board, cupcakes, raffle and other treats, oh and don’t forget a glass of bubbly or two as they were pampered by the team. Shenae has a close friend with MS and wanted to help make a difference. She and her team raised over ,100 from the day! COFFEY IS COOKING, AGAIN! MSWA Client Rhys Coffey was diagnosed with Secondary Relapsing Progressive MS in November 2019, after many investigations into the symptoms he was experiencing. A 10-year FIFO veteran from the Pilbara, Rhys put his symptoms down to the changing conditions from life in Perth and in the Pilbara, then he went from the fly-in fly-out lifestyle to being a stay-at-home dad overnight. After diagnosis, Rhys found his life changed in so many ways, physically and mentally. 24

On Sunday, 3 October, Wells Park in Rockingham was abuzz as over 50 family and friends of Rhys’ came together for a barbecue he had organised to raise funds for MSWA, as his way of giving back to those who have helped him. Guests were treated to a delicious feast, with a sausage sizzle, pulled beef and coleslaw rolls. Combined with a raffle, an amazing amount of ,200 was raised. Rhys is looking forward to continuing to raise awareness for MSWA and the various conditions it supports. He hopes that his cooking can help get the message out there! Cooking has always been something that Rhys has enjoyed but it has now become a passion. “If you’re not cooking, no one is looking,” he explains, something that has become his slogan. Rhys has support from PGC Resources, Cavanagh Constructions, Mike McKenzie Mortgage Brokers, RibRack BBQ, Layll Building Solutions and other barbecue enthusiasts who are following him on Instagram. MSWA Client Rhys Coffey. “My favourite barbecue/Weber recipe is pulled lamb, which is really easy. I rub the lamb with RibRack sheep rub and put in the Weber on indirect heat at 2250F for four hours or until the internal temp reaches 1650F, then I wrap in foil for another four hours or until the temp reaches 2030F. Then I let it rest in an Esky for up to one hour and then – enjoy!” TRISH WATSON COMMUNITY EVENTS & FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR BLOOMING DISORDERED EXCHANGE “Blooming Disordered Exchange is a response to my own understanding and response to my diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Through this piece I aim to create awareness of the chronic illness to an audience who wouldn’t necessarily have a connection to the degenerative autoimmune disease. As MS does not discriminate between male and female, this genderless clay bust provides the platform for intricately woven neurons formed from junk mail roses, salvaged cables and beads. Just as myelin sheath damage exposes nerves in those with MS and interferes with the exchange of messages between the brain and spinal cord, several cables in the sculpture have exposed copper wire due to damaged plastic insulation coating.” MSWA CLIENT, RACHAEL LEMON 25