MS Awareness


MS is a Rotary Club Of Gisborne (District 9800) project.

Our Objectives are to:-

  1. Promote MS Awareness
  2. Encourage Rotarians and MS Societies to work together.
  3. Where there is a an MS Society there is a Rotary Club. MS Societies exist in 47 countries. The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation can provide contacts.
  4. Rotarians to contact nearest MS Society and work together to identify and develop a suitable project. Implement project and publicize your success to improve RAGAMS profile.
  5. Identify a suitable MS Research Project to help prevent and find a cure for MS. This can be done by contacting RAGAMS or MSIF website.

Our aim is for Rotarians to form links with the MS Societies in their country. The MS International Federation is working with our Rotarian Action Group to co-ordinate our activities world- wide.

The Global MS Community can talk to each other and share ideas. In this way, Rotary can help find a cure for MS!

Rotary has a simple 3 level structure: Club, District, and International. RAGAMS utilises the involvement of Rotary at all these levels. Rotary is structured in such a way that the things that interest people at all of these levels are basically the same and the difference is only one of scale.


Below is a list of past projects RAGAMS supported by Rotary Clubs and Districts. These will be promoted as an example how these projects were approached as a way of activating clubs and districts to take action.

  • RC of Wyndham North Container of Disability aids sent to Argentina
  • Funded MS Vocational exchange with Argentina, Japan, India, NZ
  • RC of Melton upgraded bathroom for young person with MS in Melton.
  • With D9800 supplied renewed Computers to people with MS
  • Provided Seed funding for MS Longitudinal Study Tasmania Australia with ANU (Taken over by Australian Government and expanded to New Zealand)
  • Funded and Installed a Wishing Well at Mooroopna, Victoria Australia
  • Funded Video, Living with MS "Adjusting the Sales" for people newly diagnosed with MS
  • 2005 Rotary 100 year Centenary funded and organised MS Awareness float for Chicago Street Parade. Most D9800 Clubs Participated in Procession.
  • Completed First PhD scholarship partnering Australian Rotary Health, Florey and Melbourne University
  • Top up funding for second PhD scholarship partnering Australian Rotary Health, Florey and Melbourne University
  • Advertising for applicants for Jacob Taurins Progressive MS Memorial PhD Scholarship
  • Completed MSIF Middle East Communication project. Global Matching grant by RC of Philadelphia
  • RAGAMS Funded minor research equipment aids for Florey
  • RC of Gisborne organised Macedon Ranges Bike Ride 7 Years (Donations to MSRA and ARH)
  • RC of Essendon North, Keilor East and Gisborne ran MS Global Dinner 13 years
  • Supported MSV Bike Ride BBQ 13 years
  • RC of Malvern /Chadstone Managed Albert Park MS Walk for approx. 20 years
  • MSIF volunteers attended Peace Conference, Coventry England
  • RAGAMS, D9800, RC of Philadelphia awarded Rotary Foundation Scholarship to French MS Researcher Laura Dumas for 1 year assignment in Melbourne.
  • Promoting MS Megaswims in D9800-RC of Fitzroy (20 years), RC Balwyn North, RC Bendigo.

RI Acknowledgement:

  • 2006 Jacob Martin Taurins received the Royce Abbey
  • Award.
  • 2007 Diana received Paul Harris Fellow award.
  • 2014, Martin received Double Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow and Diana received a Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow Award.
  • 2022 Diana and Martin Awarded Royce Abby Awards.
  • Taurins family have attended 22 conventions to promote MS Awareness and projects.

International Conventions RAGAMS Exhibition Booth:

  • 2023 Melbourne, Australia Diana & Martin
  • 2022 Houston, Texas –Managed by MS Society Houston Volunteers
  • 2021 Taipei, Taiwan –Virtual Convention (Covid)
  • 2020 Hawaii- Virtual Convention (Covid)
  • 2019 Hamburg, Germany- Diana & Martin
  • 2018 Toronto-Bronwyn Martin (RAGMSA Vice Chair managed Exhibition Booth)
  • 2017 Atlanta, Diana & Martin
  • 2016 Seoul, South Korea- Diana & Martin
  • 2015 San Paulo, Brazil -Martin
  • 2014 Sydney, Australia, Diana, Martin, Jacob and his carer Maria
  • 2013 Lisbon, Portugal -Diana & Martin. - Bronwyn Martin from the Rotary Club of Philadelphia, USA attended the International Assembly in San Diego, USA
  • 2012 Bangkok, Thailand- Diana and Martin
  • 2011 New Orleans, USA-Diana& Martin
  • 2010 Montreal, Canada-Diana &Martin
  • 2009 Birmingham, UK- Diana, Martin and Guest Speaker Zoe Burr (MSIF)
  • 2008 Los Angeles, USA-Diana & Martin
  • 2007. Salt Lake City, UTAH, USA. Martin
  • 2006 Malmo, (included Sweden, Copenhagen, Denmark). Martin
  • 2005 Chicago, USA- Diana, Martin, Jacob and Kel Sidebottom
  • 2004 Osaka, Japan-Diana, Martin & Jacob
  • 2003 Brisbane, Australia-Diana, Martin & Jacob
  • 2001 San Antonio, Texas-Diana, Martin& Jacob
  • 2000 Buenos Aires, Argentina- Diana, Martin & Jacob
  • 1999 Singapore, Diana, Martin and Don Jago
  • 1993 Melbourne, Australia, Diana & Martin


  • Chairperson: Martin Taurins 7 Norge St Sunshine Victoria Australia 3020: RC of Gisborne D9800.
  • Public Officer, Secretary: Richard Stewart
  • Treasurer: Diana Taurins.
  • Vice Chair: Virginia Billson.
  • Vocation: Barry Coleman.
  • Newsletter: Shankar Subramanian and Martin Taurins
  • Webmaster: Stuart McArthur
  • Membership: TBA
  • Country Manager UK: Kaz Aston
  • Country Manager NZ: Martin Garcia
  • Country Manager India: Shankar Subramanian
  • Country Manager Mexico: TBA
  • Country Manger USA: TBA
  • D9800 International Director: TBA
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