Thursday, May 29th, 2014 - Rock For MS

Following on from the success of the SIREN Divinyls Show "Sound The Siren - Rock For MS" concert held in 2013, SIREN have taken their commitment to supporting people living with MS a step further.

As of April 8, 2014 Siren Rock For MS and Rock Against MS have both been registered as a not for profit (without DGR status) partnership headed by Donna Greene and  Jamie Page.

“We are a West Australian fundraising entertainment community providing live shows, raffle and auction items to raise funds and awareness in support of Multiple Sclerosis and The MS Society of Western Australia (MSWA),” Donna said.

ROCK FOR MS is currently in the process of preparing the “Sound The Siren - Rock For MS 2” concert to be held on November 8, 2014 at The Charles Hotel and are seeking the interest of sponsors. 

To get involved and for more information on the Rock For MS / Rock Against MS campaign, head to the website. www.rockforms.com.au.
 

Who Is Rock For MS?

The “Rock For MS” campaign began in mid 2013 as the love child of local popular Perth identity, Donna Greene who was diagnosed with MS herself as well bilateral optic neuritis.  The inspiration for the show came after the passing of Australia’s Queen of Rock, Chrissy Amphlett (Divinyls) who had lost her battle with MS and breast cancer at the same time as Donna’s MS symptoms had begun presenting.

According to the Rock For MS website, shortly after being invited to perform a one-off show to honour Chrissy Amphlett’s memory, just after her passing on April 21 2013, Donna received her MS diagnosis. Donna is living with Relapsing/Remitting MS.

As part of her recovery, with the support of a first class WA team of industry friends and professionals, “Team Siren”, Donna created the “Sound The Siren – Rock For MS” campaign to not only honour the memory of Chrissy Amphlett, but also to create a music platform to encourage people living with MS to come out and enjoy some great live entertainment, while also raising funds and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis.

“Music is a wonderful tool to aid in the healing of body, mind and spirit.”  Donna G.
 

“The first show, held on November 22 2013, raised in the vicinity of $8,500 which was donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia.  After a discussion with the great people at MSWA to find out where our funds would do the most good, we decided to allocate part of the funds to help with the refit of the Bunbury outreach where they required brand new gym equipment, with the remainder going to 3 additional wheelchairs – thus, everyone’s 2013 contributions went towards providing Fitness and Mobility support for people living with MS in WA.”
 

“Due to the Multiple Sclerosis that Amphlett concurrently suffered from, she reported that
she was unable to receive radiation treatment or chemotherapy as cancer treatment.” 
Source: Chrissy Amphlett on Wikipedia

 

What is MS?

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, neurodegenerative condition that affects the Central Nervous System (CNS). The body’s own immune system appears to attack the protective sheath of fatty protein, called myelin, which surrounds the nerves in the brain, spinal cord and the optic nerve. An attack results in inflammation and development of one or more lesions, resulting in scarring or sclerotic plaques, forming on the nerves. These lesions interfere with the nerve messages sent back and forward through the brain, and spinal cord.

Every person diagnosed with MS will experience it slightly differently, depending on the location, size and number of lesions formed, and the type of MS. For some, sensations are altered while others experience difficulty with muscle strength and movement. Lesions in the brain can affect a person’s capacity to process information, and affects their emotions.

The course of MS is unpredictable. Some people are minimally affected by the disease, while some may experience more frequent relapses leading to varying levels of disability.

It is not yet known what causes multiple sclerosis, or why it affects one person and not another.   As a result, people with MS are often faced with uncertainty about the future.

Multiple sclerosis is the most common degenerative neurological condition diagnosed in young adults, with over 75% of people diagnosed under the age of 40.

Find out more about MS on the mswa.org.au and www.msaustralia.org.au websites.

SIREN Rock For MS / Rock Against MS. Working together to bring positive change to the lives of people living with MS through music and entertainment while crusading for a cure. 

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SIREN Rock For MS / Rock Against MS. Working together to bring positive change to the lives of people living with MS through music and entertainment while crusading for a cure. 


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W: www.rockforms.com.au

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