The Trish Ball
'Kiss Goodbye to MS'
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.
$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
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.
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