On the 11th of October, Funmi Fashina Foundation and Friends decided once again to organize an Awareness Walk to sensitize the public about Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA).
The Foundation had previously taken her awareness trek to Ikoyi/Lagos Island and to Surulere. This time we decided to walk from Maryland Junction to the Ikeja Bridge and back. This was a total of 9.6 kilometres, equalling about 6 miles.
The walk was scheduled to start at 8:00am. However, it seemed the weather had other plans for us. The rain, which had started as early as 2am in the morning, refused to stop and had held most participants back in traffic or at home. This had delayed the commencement of the walk, however by 8:30 not less than 40 individuals had aggregated and by 8:45 were raring to go. We could only hold back for another 15 minutes and by 9:00am we were on our way.
The rain had reduced into a very light drizzle, our parole team from the Nigerian Police Force and the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency had arrived and were ready to help us coordinate traffic. So there we were, accompanied by friends and family walking the streets of Ikeja in our white and orange FFFoundation T-shirts and handing out MSA Awareness pamphlets.
It took us an hour to get to the Ikeja Bridge which represented half of the journey. The heavens had begun to shower us with more rain at this point but nobody seemed to care. We had another 4.8 kilometres to boot, that was approximately another hour to go, and nothing was stopping us.
We arrived at our starting point again two hours after we departed it to waiting chairs under the protection of a tent. Snacks and coolers of drinks were also waiting. Mr. Olaniyi Sholanke, a trustee of the foundation gave a hearty remark and invited Ms. Onabanjo, another trustee to bring participants up to speed on the activities of the foundation till date. Vote of thanks was given by Mr. Ajibade Fashina (Trustee and husband of Mrs. Funmi Fashina).
It was a wonderful event and we hope to do this again in the near future and even more. The awareness for MSA does not stop until every member of the pubic becomes aware. We can all do out part(s) one way or another to boost MSA awareness. Are you involved in the MSA campaign?
For Photoes from the awareness trek click HERE