From: SalsaBelfast
To: [SalsaBelfast]
Date: 13/05/04
Last Modified: 13/05/04
Sponsored Salsathon - Tuesday 8th June 2004 - In Aid of Multiple Sclerosis Society, NI

Registered Charity No. 207495


Get those dancing shoes ready and prepare to move those feet as Tuesday 8th June 04 sees Cool FM’s Carolyn Stewart will offically open the 4-hour Salsathon at 6.45pm at the Mandella Hall, Student’s Union, Queen’s University, Belfast plays host to a Sponsored Salsathon in aid of The MS Society, NI.

This hip-swinging event has been coordinated by The MS Society, NI’s Roisin McDonnell and Laura Byrne in conjunction with Salsa Instructor Chris Scullion.

Multiple Sclerosis is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults in the UK today. Over 3,500 people have been diagnosed with MS in Northern Ireland.

Last year saw a fantastic £3,000 being raised for the MS Society NI, with the funds going directly towards providing support and vital research to give hope for the future.

The MS Society, NI and its twenty-one branches provide practical support, advice and services to people affected by Multiple Sclerosis in Northern Ireland.
Branches are made up of local people both with MS and local volunteer who provide a range of services and raise money to support MS Services and Research. Branches are open to all people affected by MS, their carers and their families, MS Society members and non-members.

The event is open to everyone! Light refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored Salsathon – Tuesday 8th June 2004, 7pm – 11pm

Mandella Hall
Student’s Union
Queen’s University Belfast

For Sponsorship Forms & further information please contact: Roisin / Laura at The MS Society Tel: (028) 9080 2802 or email: /

Editor’s Notes:
The Multiple Sclerosis Society, Northern Ireland, The Resource Centre, 34 Annadale Avenue, Belfast, BT7 3JJ – Tel: (028) 9080 2802

Facts about MS
Multiple Sclerosis is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults in the UK today
An estimated 2,500,000 people in the world have MS. Approximately 3,500 people in Northern Ireland have been diagnosed
MS is more common in countries further away from the Equator
Diagnosis is generally made between 20 and 40 years of age
MS is rarely diagnosed under 12 or over 55
Three women have MS to every two men
MS is not contagious
MS is not directly hereditary and genetic susceptibility is a factor
There is no cure for MS but there are now drugs which can modify its course for some people
Many symptoms of MS can be successfully treated or managed

The MS Society, NI provides:
Information and advice on all aspects of multiple sclerosis
Emotional support and provision of counselling for the newly-diagnosed; people with longstanding MS and their carers, families and friends
Advocacy. Encouraging those who can to self-advocate by referring to other healthcare professionals, statutory bodies and other agencies. The Society will also advocate on behalf of persons affected by MS where appropriate
Support, guidance and provision of training to the Society's 21 branches throughout Northern Ireland
Management of welfare grant provision in collaboration with the branches
Management of the holiday scheme at the Share Activity Centre, Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh
Organisation of conferences, workshops and information days
Recruitment and management of volunteers in the Social Centre
Research awareness. Updates on national and international research into all aspects of MS

Salsa Instructor - Chris Scullion
Chris started dancing Salsa after spending a summer in Spain where he was first introduced to Salsa as the locals danced in the streets and clubs.
Upon returning home to Magherafelt, Chris decided to teach himself the basics of Salsa and so ordered his first Salsa video. After many hours of fast forwarding and rewinding he finally got to grips with the basics and decided to give teaching a go.
Since then he has taught Salsa throughout Ireland and his team of dancers “Salsa Caliente” have made appearances on BBC, RTE, Belfast’s Lord Mayors show to name a few.