World MS Day
For over 25 years, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, has been working to better understand Multiple Sclerosis (MS) from the inside out, by delivering solutions that improve the lives of all those affected by it. First launched in 2009 by the MS International Federation (MSIF), World MS Day is an important moment for us to join forces with other organisations and build global connections to support the MS community.
WORLD MS DAY 2022 – 2023
Since 2020, #MSConnections has been the theme for the MS International Federation’s annual World MS Day, being held this year on Tuesday, May 30th. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is proud to again support their global campaign with a mix of internal and external initiatives.
In 2022, we first created employee teams across the globe to participate in MSIF’s annual The May 50K, raising funds to support MS research. For 2023, we will bolster our efforts to encourage our fellow employees and friends to join the challenge, going beyond our own teams. We’ll feature our efforts on our corporate Social Media channels and invite our followers to learn more about how to engage with activities taking place in May.
World MS Day 2021
In support of the MS International Federation’s annual World MS Day, our 2021 campaign encouraged people to #MoveForMS with a ‘virtual’ relay of challenges at all levels that asked participants to #MoveForMS across multiple social media platforms, raising money and awareness in support of those affected by Multiple Sclerosis. With our campaign, social media influencers and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany ambassadors kicked off a relay in early May with their own fun activity for people to try, then “played it forward” inviting others to join in during the campaign, all in support of World MS Day.
World MS Day 2020
To mark World MS Day 2020, we supported MS International Federation (MSIF)`s campaign #MSConnections, which sets out to challenge social barriers, celebrate support networks and build community connection.
In support of World MS Day and to show our commitment to understanding MS from the inside out, we joined forces with Twitch. Through an 8-hour live stream with Twitch influencers and special guests on May 30, 2020, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and Twitch gave back to the MS community by virtually connecting people affected by the disease and raising awareness among young gamers to fight stigma.
World MS Day 2019
For World MS Day 2019, we supported MSIF`s campaign #MyInvisibleMS. To raise awareness on World MS Day and shine a light on the invisible symptoms of multiple sclerosis, real people with MS attended a creative workshop hosted by us to visualize the unseen burdens they live with day in, day out. These art pieces have been put together to form the My Invisible MS Art Gallery, which was used to raise awareness in 15 countries on World MS Day 2019 and beyond.
Below you can see images from the My Invisible MS art gallery.
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