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'Kiss Goodbye to MS'

Kiss of success for The Trish Ball  

The theme for the 2012 Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation’s annual Ball promised to ‘Kiss Goodbye to MS’ – and thanks to hundreds of supporters in attendance, the event received the ultimate kiss of success.       


A staggering $167,000 was raised for vital MS research projects in just a few hours on the evening of Saturday 15th September at Hilton Sydney.  

NSW Premier and Joint Patron of the Foundation, Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP, was joined by Australia’s Got Talent winner 2011 Jack Vidgen, to recognise the importance of continuing to raise funds for research into MS, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure.  

The keynote speech was delivered by highly respected and talented clinician, Dr John Parratt, the Neil and Norma Hill Foundation MS Research Fellow at Sydney University and Head MS Clinic Royal North Shore Hospital.  

"We don’t need to look very far to see or know someone who has been affected by MS, so it’s obvious that we have to resolve this problem. The infrastructure that has been put into Australian MS research over the past decade is staggering, with research networks established for most facets of the study of MS.”  

Dr Parratt continued: “Of course, none of this fabulous local work can be achieved without funding, and this is where the Trish Foundation and MSRA have been absolutely instrumental. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and I can ensure you we spend the funds raised very carefully.”

Hosted by Sky News Chief Political Correspondent, Kieran Gilbert, guests were treated to a special performance by Jack Vidgen who sang a trio of classic songs - ‘Lean On Me’, ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ and John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’.  There were performances by Sydney band ‘So What’ led by Maxine Gourley, Acoustic Guitarist Nick Kingswell, plus dancers and the Kambala violinists.

Hayden Quinn, Cleo’s Bachelor of the Year gave such great support that a “Kiss” from Hayden was a Live Auction item.  The lucky highest bidder of Hayden’s “Kiss” was Fairy Sparkle, whose life’s work is visiting the sickest patients especially children in hospitals, and who joined Hayden on stage for their very public “Kiss”.

Trish Foundation Chairman Carol Langsford expressed her sincere gratitude to everyone who contributed to this year’s Ball: “We are so blessed to receive such amazing support from so many passionate and wonderful people, including our valued Joint Patron Barry O’Farrell, which has enabled us to raise such significant funds for MS research. Thank you to everyone who continues to support the Trish Foundation so generously, including our Corporate VIP supporters and donors.”    

Thank you to the Trish Foundation’s valued Sponsors and Supporters for their generosity and significant support of the Foundation and of multiple sclerosis research.  Please click here.

Sincere appreciation also to all our volunteers for giving their valuable time to contribute to the funds raised for multiple sclerosis research.  

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