Annual Gala Dinner –
Support for the Trish Foundation’s Annual Gala Dinner held at Parliament House Sydney on 16th September 2005 was overwhelming. In early August, the evening had sold out and shortly afterwards there was a large waiting list.
Hosted by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the NSW Parliament, Barry O’Farrell the event was attended by Hon Brendan Nelson, Federal Minister for Science, Education and Training.
Dr. Nelson delivered an inspiring speech, committing $20,000 of Federal Government funds to the establishment of a ‘Trish Foundation’ PhD Scholarship. Mayne Health Laverty Pathology, the Foundation’s major corporate sponsor, contributed an additional $5,000 and through the generosity of many attendees at the dinner in making additional donations, it will be possible to establish two ‘Trish Foundation’ PhD Scholarships.
“These Scholarships are fantastic in building the capacity in Australia for increased research into MS,” said Executive Director of MS Research Australia, Jeremy Wright.
Generous support from many corporations and individuals contributed to $112,000 being raised for research to pursue a cure or preventative strategy for multiple sclerosis.
“We are very grateful to Barry O’Farrell and to Dr. Brendan Nelson for their magnificent ongoing support of the Trish Foundation and also the Foundation’s major sponsors for their significant contributions to the funds raised,” Foundation Director Roy Langsford said.
“The Foundation would like to thank professional MC Simon Marnie, brilliant comedian Rodney Marks, our Auctioneer extraordinaire Craig Marshall, DMC Digital for producing the video, talented musicians The Waves and everyone who attended the dinner and supported the Trish Foundation so generously, as well as all those people and organizations who made generous donations.”
“The Trish Foundation’s Gala Dinners have elevated the support for MS research in Sydney to a terrific new level. If you consider how terrible MS can be, this increased support is so welcome and well overdue,” Jeremy Wright added.
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