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MSWA Bulletin Magazine Summer 2023

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INK-REDIBLE DONATION ALL SWEET FOR MSWA SUBMIT YOUR ARTICLE TO US It was a full circle moment for Perth tattoo artist Rory Armstrong when he utilised the same creative skills which introduced him to his girlfriend, Dana, to raise more than ,000 for MSWA in her honour. Dana was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS at just 22 years of age, but Rory said her condition did not stop her from helping others in her full-time nursing career. Do you have a story about living with a neurological condition in WA that other MSWA Clients might like to read? We invite you to share your experiences with our many Bulletin readers. Email your submission to for consideration by the Editorial Working Group. “Dana is one of those people who gets a little bit embarrassed when people do things for her, she is so used to doing things for everyone else,” said Rory. The pair first met when Dana came to Rory for a tattoo, and the “rest is history”. “Through her, I found out how hard MS really can be on people, both the families and the patient,” Rory said. “I thought, ‘I make pretty good money tattooing, so if I can donate one day of my year to anyone else living with a neurological condition, why not?’ It was a pretty easy decision.” To raise the funds, the Bittersweet Tattoo Studio in Subiaco hosted a ‘Flash Day’ in December, with Rory donating 100% of his profits to benefit people living with neurological conditions. Rory said the response on the day was overwhelmingly positive. “We had a line about 200m long before the doors opened at 10am,” Rory said. “We walked down the line and the first 40 to 50 people were there to see me, or my co-worker who was also donating a portion of their profits, to support the charity. It was awesome to see.” Rory also ran a raffle in the two weeks leading up to the event, receiving an upswell of support that saw him sell 300 tickets for the cause. “As soon as I mentioned the raffle and I put it up on my socials the response was absolutely insane,” he said. Combined with his takings and donations from other artists’ profits on the day, the total raised came to an incredible ,214. “I know Dana was absolutely overwhelmed by all of it, but she was very grateful,” said Rory. “The team at MSWA does the most amazing job, I am so thankful for all of you and the work you do, so I am glad I could contribute.” This is just the start of a new tradition for Rory, who plans on making the fundraiser an annual event. “Next year I am setting myself the goal of raising ,000” Rory said. MSWA would like to extend a huge thank you to Rory and the team at Bittersweet Tattoo SUGGESTIONS, COMPLAINTS AND COMPLIMENTS We want to hear from you. Your feedback helps us to understand what is working well and where we can improve. You can raise a concern or acknowledge the support an MSWA staff member has provided by: / Talking to the coordinator of your services / Telephoning the Complaints Liaison and Compliance Coordinator, Davina Sawyer, on 6454 3146 / Emailing Please tell us: / What happened / When it happened / Who was involved / What you would like to see occur as a result of sharing your feedback All feedback is reviewed, and complaints investigated in a timely manner with the team responsible for the service. Our goal is to achieve a positive outcome for all people involved and improve the quality of the care and services provided. You will be included in the process and the outcomes shared with you. Please note, you have the right to have support from an advocate at any point in a complaint process. The Complaints Liaison and Compliance Coordinator can help you to access an advocacy service if you wish. “I didn’t know what I had got myself into. I was constantly writing raffle tickets down every night and day, but it was so worth it.” Studio for their support and commitment to improving the lives of people living with neurological conditions. / Writing to Quality and Compliance; Locked Bag 2, BENTLEY DC 6983 38 39