Golf Day and Dinner
|Trish Foundation Board member Niall King has again led a very successful Golf Day and Dinner, supported by the Rotary Club of Strathfield.
Dynamic MC/Auctioneer John Leftwich in full flight, with Board member Jenny Comanos ready to sign up the highest bidder
Photograph acknowledgement Bradley Ayres
Niall’s special fundraiser, the thirteenth he has conducted for the Trish Foundation, was a day and evening of fun and camaraderie, with Niall putting his heart and soul into the event and bringing together generous supporters who came from far and wide.
The Foundation’s heartfelt gratitude is extended to Niall, his fellow organisers Ray Wilson and Geoff Thoroughgood and also to President Charles Pitt, Rod McDougall and Joe Saad, Rotary Club of Strathfield, as well as the generous Sponsors, donors and supporters who contributed to the success of the event and the funds raised for MS Research Projects.
Master of Ceremonies John Leftwich led the evening’s Dinner with skill and humour, also doubling as expert Auctioneer, making a significant contribution to the wonderful atmosphere and success of the night.
Speaking of humour! A highlight of the evening was the awesome performance of comedian Paul Martell who had guests almost rolling off their chairs in laughter. Fresh from a stint on one Cruise Ship and ready to board another, Paul squeezed his valued support of the Trish Foundation into the very short time he spent in Sydney. Paul was voted comedian of the year by his peers on an unprecedented 24 occasions at the coveted “MO”, “ACE’ & “Variety Club Heart Awards”.
Another special highlight of the evening was the speech by Dr Matthew Miles, CEO of MS Research Australia. Dr Miles spoke of the hope research gives to people living with MS and also shared with guests details of the International Progressive MS Alliance, of which he is Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee.
The event was supported by eminent MS scientists Professor Gilles Guillemin and Dr Edwin Lim, who achieved a world-first ground-breaking discovery. An MS Research Australia incubator grant of just $15,000 was the catalyst for a major International study, led by Professor Guillemin and Dr Lim, who
discovered the first-ever blood biomarker. The Trish Foundation is honoured to have made a contribution to Dr Lim’s research and it was memorable for guests to share the evening with them.
The Trish Foundation was also honoured by the presence at the Golf Dinner of the Consul General of Sri Lanka, Mr Lal Wickrematunge.
Niall and the Foundation were blessed to receive very generous support and the Foundation’s great appreciation goes to the very valued Sponsors, donors and supporters, each of whom generously contributed to the over $33,000 raised for MS Research Projects.
Trish Foundation Board member Jenny Comanos, who sold Raffle tickets during lunch, prior to the golfers teeing off, said, “It was very moving to see the warmth and camaraderie which was very evident and set the scene for a day of fun and fellowship.”
THANK YOU to Niall King, Ray Wilson, Geoff Thoroughgood, the Rotary Club of Strathfield, particularly President Charles Pitt, Rod McDougall and Joe Saad, to Dr Matthew Miles, John Leftwich and Paul Martell, Strathfield Golf Club, the caterers Forte Catering and to the extremely generous Sponsors, donors and supporters who supported the event. You have all contributed to bringing the cure for MS one step closer, for which the Trish Foundation’s volunteers will be eternally grateful.
Photograph acknowledgements Bradley Ayres