Slip and slide to visit Springfield
ONE street in Ipswich is set to become wet and wild when a giant waterslide takes over for one day in March.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Queensland will be bringing a slip 'n' slide to Springfield's Eden Station Drive on Saturday, March 15.
The slide measures three lanes wide and 366 metres long, making it the biggest in the state.
Those who are lucky enough to secure a ticket will the slipping and sliding in two hour sessions.
While the day is designed to be a fun day out for the whole family, it is also a way for the organisation to raise much needed funds and awareness for people living with MS.
MS is the most common neurological condition affecting young adults in Australia, with approximately one in every 1000 people living with MS in Australia.
Brisbane resident Ellie Messina, who has been living with MS for almost two years, has been appointed as the MS Street Slide Ambassador.
Ms Messina was diagnosed with MS in 2014 when she was 22 years old.
She was completing her Masters in Business and Human Resource Management when the symptoms of MS started to show.
She experienced hearing loss, extreme vertigo and nausea which left her bedridden for three weeks and unable to work.
"My journey with MS was tough to begin with as I was in shock for awhile," Ms Messina said.
"However, thanks to the amazing support network of family and friends around me and the extensive information available from MS Queensland, I am very positive and hopeful."
By joining MS Queensland as an ambassador for the event, Ms Messina is keen to focus her energy on fundraising and raising awareness of MS to help other young people who are in the same situation.
"Being 23 and only really beginning my life, I believe it is extremely important to have support for young people who might be particularly scared, confused and distraught at the thought of a life-long diagnosis," she said.
"I just hope that my story can provide young people with positivity hope and potentially support as I know firsthand how daunting the beginning of an MS journey can be."
In addition to the slip 'n' slide, the day will also feature a DJ and many food vendors.
A ticket for the slide includes two hours of unlimited rides and all day access to the event's numerous vendors and live entertainment.
However, a limit of only 3000 participants will be selected for the event.
Log onto www.streetslider.com.au to register your interest.