Mastering Mountains Charitable Trust exists to enrich the lives of people affected by Multiple Sclerosis by helping them get outdoors. Getting outdoors has an incredible therapeutic quality. Multiple Sclerosis can hinder people from the fullest experience of this and Mastering Mountains hopes to overcome this problem.
- Support others through the Mastering Mountains Scholarship Fund
- Change the perceptions of MS and bring hope
- Highlight the importance of correct nutrition and exercise
- Provide supportive community
First, Mastering Mountains raises money for the Mastering Mountains Scholarship Fund. Administered in partnership with Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand, the fund works to assist people who have been diagnosed as having Multiple Sclerosis, to overcome a specific obstacle so that they can achieve a specific outdoor pursuit. Applications are accepted through the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand.
Second, Mastering Mountains aims to change the perceptions that surround Multiple Sclerosis. Current perceptions of MS, who it affects and how it affects them, are not always helpful and often prevent people from pursuing outdoor activities. As a young man diagnosed with MS, Nick struggled with the belief that he would never again be able to pursue outdoor objectives. However, the diagnosis of MS does not necessarily mean the end of outdoor pursuits: it is a new opportunity through which people can thrive, a new paradigm in which to dream. In supporting a change of perceptions, Mastering Mountains hopes to encourage people to pursue outdoor activities.
Third, Mastering Mountains hopes to highlight the importance of correct nutrition and exercise. Diet and exercise remain absolutely key to maintaining physical activity for many people with MS. The Mastering Mountains website provides a platform to communicate the highs and lows of outdoor pursuits with MS, so that people affected by MS might be encouraged and enabled to enjoy the benefits of healthy living and outdoor pursuits.
Finally, Mastering Mountains works to provide community for physically active people affected by MS. There are many people with MS who are still physically active and are looking for a community of people in a similar position. Mastering Mountains hopes to facilitate the creation of community by organising trips designed specifically for people with MS.
Mastering Mountains is a registered charitable trust.