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World MS Day (WMSD) 2013 took place on the 29th of May. The campaign theme was ‘Young people’. As part of the theme, six young people from Argentina, India, Portugal, Tunisia, Russia and the US were featured in the campaign.

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MSIF developed a common online action and invited, amongst others, MS organisations, people with MS and members of the public to upload mottos that give them strength to the campaign website (mymotto.worldmsday.org).

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More than 4,400 mottos were submitted to the World MS Day website, double the number of postcard submissions in 2012.

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Social networking helped to create an engaging campaign this year. WMSD reached more than 305,102 people on Facebook in May 2013, a 686% increase from the May 2012 figure of 38,810. On Twitter, the campaign reached more than 3.5 million people through 11.1 million impressions. Interestingly, 38% of people viewed the campaign website through a mobile phone this year.

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This is just part of the picture – much of WMSD consists of actions at national level by MS organisations, people with MS and other key players. In 2013, reported activities took place in 68 countries.

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Here are some of the highlights from World MS Day 2013…

Texas, USA: ‘Shine in your own light!’Texas, USA: ‘Shine in your own light!’

World MS Day in Marie Claire ItalyWorld MS Day in Marie Claire Italy

Solidarity in BrazilSolidarity in Brazil

Niagara Falls lit up for World MS DayNiagara Falls lit up for World MS Day

World MS Day mugs and T-shirts in ChinaWorld MS Day mugs and T-shirts in China

Motto balloons in CroatiaMotto balloons in Croatia

Getting ready to cycle in IndiaGetting ready to cycle in India

At the Pope’s Angelus prayer in ItalyAt the Pope’s Angelus prayer in Italy

Running for MS in LebanonRunning for MS in Lebanon

Mexican actors celebrate World MS DayMexican actors celebrate World MS Day

World MS Day cars in MoroccoWorld MS Day cars in Morocco

Balloons in KoreaBalloons in Korea

Mottos from SwitzerlandMottos from Switzerland

More mottos from Salford, UKMore mottos from Salford, UK

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Together, let’s make World MS Day 2014 an even bigger success!