Ski for MS Jan. 31 at Mt. Washington

Are you a skier or snowboarder who knows someone affected by multiple sclerosis?

If you answered yes, then you should come to Ski for MS Jan. 31 at Mount Washington Alpine Resort.  A fundraiser for the MS Society of Canada North Vancouver Island Chapter, Ski for MS is a great way to help people affected by MS in your community and earn a fun, inspiring and free day on the slopes.

Register online at www.msski.ca or by phone at 1-877-339-0819 and receive everything you need to get started fundraising. Registered participants who raise the pledge minimum for their age group will receive a free alpine day pass or Nordic ski pass for Jan. 31, lunch at the Hawk Dog Stand, a Ski for MS toque or scarf, entry to the Vertical Challenge – a fun endurance event – and the chance to win some great prizes donated from throughout the community.

After a great day on the mountain, join us at 3:30 p.m. for a quick wrap up ceremony to find out how much money was raised and maybe claim a great draw prize.

The pledge minimums are:

  • Adult (19-64): $150
  • Student (19-64): $125
  • Senior (65+): $125
  • Youth (13-18): $125
  • Child (7-12): $100

Raise $500 or more and receive a Mount Washington day pass to use another day.

Many participants add to the fun by creating a team made up of friends, family or co-workers.  Show your team spirit by dressing up or distinguishing yourselves at Ski for MS.  FYI – team members are not required to stay together for the day.

If you are up on Mount Washington on Jan. 31, stop by the Ski for MS station at the base of the Hawk 6ix Pack Chairlift. We will be holding 50/50 draws throughout the day and The Goat and 2Day FM will be on site with great music.

Funds raised at this event will be used to (1) provide local programs and services for people affected by MS on North Vancouver Island, including information and referral, self-help groups, financial assistance through the Quality of Life: Equipment and Non–equipment funding programs to those who qualify, and the Comox MS Clinic and (2) provide funds for our Chapter’s annual research donation.  In 2014, our Chapter donated $16,853 to MS research.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, debilitating disease of the central nervous system.  Symptoms can include vision problems, extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, loss of balance and coordination, tingling and numbness, cognitive problems and partial or complete paralysis.

Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world. It is most often diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40 and affects three times as many women as men.