Life is no bed of roses when you have multiple sclerosis

April Perkins McMillan (7) makes a donation to Otago Multiple Sclerosis field officer Don Benn ...
April Perkins McMillan (7) makes a donation to Otago Multiple Sclerosis field officer Don Benn (left) and client John Jolly yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.

The Otago Multiple Sclerosis Society is using a bed of red carnations in the Wall Street mall to promote its street appeal.

"Fatigue is the most common symptom associated with MS, so we thought a bed would be a good way to promote our fundraising campaign," MS Otago manager Tania McGregor said yesterday.

Staff, supporters and clients will be occupying the bed in the mall again from 10am to 4pm today.

MS Otago field officer Don Benn said the campaign also highlighted neurological injuries and disorders.

Mr Jolly, who suffered a brain injury at the age of 67 after a 2006 work-related fall, said he was pleased to be able to give something back to MS Otago.

"They've been really excellent to me. They've been a huge help to get me back on my feet."

The annual MS street appeal is tomorrow.

 

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