Welcome to the Sound The Siren - Rock For MS / Rock Against MS Series archive pages. Between 2013 and 2017, the focus being raising funds and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis
"SIREN Rock For MS" and “Rock Against MS” were both a registered not for profit without DGR status entity (now de-registered), as a West Australian fundraising entertainment community providing live shows, raffle and auction items to raise funds and awareness in support of people living with Multiple Sclerosis and The MS Society of Western Australia (MSWA).
The “Rock For MS” campaign began in mid 2013 as the love child of local popular Perth identity, Donna Greene. The inspiration to begin the campaign 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.
Shortly after being invited to perform a one-off show to honour Chrissy Amphlett’s memory after her passing on April 21 2013, Donna received her MS diagnosis and later in 2018, her diagnosis was updated to include CRION.
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 and entertainment platform to encourage people to come along to 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."
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. You can see more about our shows and funds raised on the Portfolio page.
SOUND THE SIREN Rock For MS / Rock Against MS continued to grow from strength to strength each year and with the support of people like you, we continued to raise funds and awareness to help to change the lives of people living with MS and further, to support the scientific community to discover a real preventative and cure.
By the end of the five show SOUND THE SIREN - Rock For MS event series in 2017, we had managed a total of $34,993.20 to assist with several aspects for the MS and Neurological community of 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
In 2020, we return with Sound The Siren - Siren Divinyls Show and a new series to raise funds and awareness for people living with both MS and Breast Cancer. We hope you will continue to join us for a celebration of music and life!
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 where they are located, as well as the type of MS. For some, sensations are altered while others experience difficulty with muscle strength and movement and can also affect a person’s capacity to process information as well as their emotions and vision can also be affected
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.
WHERE DO THE FUNDS GO?
As stipulated here on our website, as well as in our social networking promotions and advertising, All Profits go to MSWA. Everyone involved with our fundraising efforts does so on a voluntary basis, no exceptions. This is part of our well known "Rock For MS" pledge. As we crusade for a cure, our only goal is to support people living with MS and other neurological conditions and we do so via the wonderful people and friends at MSWA.
Every dollar raised can help a person receive home help aids, mobility aids, afford them modified cutlery, provide a bluetooth or speakerphone modification, and even help to provide support for a professional Health & Lifestyle assessment and the development of an individual action plan to improve health, well being and a quality of life. No amount is too small to support those living with incurable, unpredictable and debilitating neurological conditions. Please join us.
HOW CAN WE CONTRIBUTE?
- Buy a ticket to the show and invite your friends to come and get involved with the festivities!
- We are happy to receive offers of reasonable items for raffle or auction. Contact Us for more information.
- Contributions towards the show are gratefully appreciated and accepted. Please see our Rock Your MS Support page for more information.
HOW DO YOU PAY?
For our Rock Your MS Support page users, once you have selected your preferred item and go through the checkout process, you have the option to pay immediately via the security of PayPal, or you also have the option of paying via Direct Debit to the Siren Rock For MS bank account.
Direct Debit: Once you go through the checkout process and complete your order, our bank details will be provided on the following page as well as via your email confirmation.
Please use your current email account to be able to receive your receipt/invoice.
PayPal: We are PayPal verified: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: You don't need a PayPal account to use the Credit Card option.
CONTRIBUTIONS - Receipts
All profits go to MSWA
There are two options for receipts:
GENERAL TAX RECEIPT (SPONSORS)
A receipt is supplied by “SIREN Rock For MS” to Sponsors (any person or business with an ABN) who would like to contribute to the show. In kind, we offer options to promote you or your business’s support of Rock For MS/Rock Against MS for the duration of the campaign throughout our social networking, press and promotions and live show. General business receipts will be issued immediately upon receiving your contribution. This receipt should be kept as a general tax receipt for your own advertising and promotions records.
MSWA RECEIPT (PUBLIC DONATIONS)
Alternatively, all donations via Rock For MS of over $5 are tax deductible. MSWA receipts will be provided once funds have cleared and transferred. Please allow up to 14 days for response time.
Please note: Tax-deductible receipts are not available for the Rock For MS pendant, show tickets, auction goods, raffle tickets or items won. However, in conjunction with MSWA we are happy to provide an acknowledgement for auction winners to confirm their contribution has indeed been received by MSWA should they require it. If an acknowledgement is required, this must be arranged with one of our team members on the night of the show.