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Ski for MS this Saturday

Ski for MS, a fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada - North Vancouver Island Chapter, will take place at Mount Washington Alpine Resort on Sunday, Jan. 22.

Proceeds will be used to fund local programs and services for people affected by MS on North Vancouver Island and research to find a cure for MS. Register online at www.mssociety.ca/msfundraising or phone 250-339-0819 to receive your pledge package.  Raise funds to help local people affected by MS and join us for what promises to be an inspiring, energetic day on the slopes.

Raise the pledge minimum for your age group and receive a free alpine lift pass for Jan. 22nd, lunch, entry to our Ski for MS Challenge - an optional, fun endurance event, a Ski for MS t-shirt, and the chance to win some great prizes donated from throughout the community.

The pledge minimums are: Adults (19-64): $125; Seniors (65+): $100; Youth (13-18): $75; Children (7-12): $50; Tots (6 and under): $25.

Participants with a Mount Washington season pass can reduce the above minimums by 25 per cent. For extra motivation, we are pleased to offer fundraising rewards to individual participants - raise between $500 - $999 and receive a $40 Valhalla Pure Outfitters gift certificate; raise $1,000 or more and receive an adult alpine day lift ticket for Mount Washington to use on another day! 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 - prizes will be awarded for best team spirit and to the top fundraising team!  Team members are not required to stay together for the day.

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.  While MS research is progressing, there is still no known cause or cure.

Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world: an estimated 55,000 - 75,000 Canadians have MS.  It is most often diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40 and affects three times as many women as men.

For more information about Ski for MS go to www.mssociety.ca/chapters/northvanisl or call 250-339-0819.

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