The Rotarian Action Group of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness is a group of Rotarians dedicated to promoting MS Awareness and provide resource for rotary clubs to partner and implement MS related projects internationally. "Together Rotarian Families and Friends are Stronger than MS"This Action Group acts in accordance with Rotary International policy but is not an agent of nor is it controlled by Rotary International.
Jacob Martin Taurins was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1988. His parents Martin and Diana wanted to help find a cure for this disease.
Inspired by Rotary's achievements in its project to eradicate Poliomyelitis (Polio Plus), they wanted Rotary to become involved in a search for a cure for MS.
As members of the Rotary Club of Gisborne in RI District 9800, they initiated a project to promote MS Awareness in Australia and the world. They organised events to raise funds for MS research, started a Rotary fellowship for MS Awareness (RFMSA) and attended Rotary district conferences and Rotary International Conventions all over the world, to seek support and enlist new members of their group to help promote MS research. The group grew and now has many Rotarian members around the world and is also supported by Friends of Rotary.
In recent times the group became the Rotarian Action Group for Multiple Sclerosis Awareness (RAGMSA), in accordance with Rotary International policy. RAGMSA has, in partnership with the Melbourne Neuroscience Institute, successfully supported scholarships for research on MS. Very recently, with help of funds raised by RAGMSA, an application for a Rotary Global Grant to support progressive MS research at the Florey Institute and Monash University was successful.