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The Trish Ball



The Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation’s annual Ball lived up to its theme of kissing MS away at the Hilton Sydney Grand Ballroom on Saturday 21 September 2013, raising a staggering $175,000 in just one evening for vital MS research.  

This means the Trish MS Research Foundation has raised almost $3 million for the cause since its inception.  

Joint Patrons of the Foundation, NSW Premier Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP and Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr. Brendan Nelson, took time out from their busy schedules to attend the Ball, acknowledging the hard work and dedication of the talented researchers the Trish Foundation supports.  

Hosted by Kieran Gilbert, Chief Political Reporter for Sky News, the keynote speech was delivered by Jeannette Lechner-Scott, Conjoint Associate Professor at the University Newcastle and Associate Professor, Senior Staff Specialist in the Department of Neurology at John Hunter Hospital.  

Associate Professor Lechner-Scott spoke of the large volume of research being undertaken in the field, particularly in the last 20 years, and its impact on being able to help people with MS.  

“Twenty years ago there was no hope. When I started working in multiple sclerosis, there would have been nothing that I could have offered a patient. But our goalpost for clinical trials and for clinical treatment has moved. We now talk about disease freedom - no clinical symptoms, no relapses, no action on the MRI. We might not have the cure yet but we’re getting very close.”  

The Ball featured a special performance by one of Australia’s most in demand pop acts, Tall Pop Syndrome. Other performers included Kambala’s Chamber Orchestra, Saxophonist Tom Cartwright and Australian Opera singer Toni Powell, who selected the aptly titled song “Time to Say Goodbye” to sing with one of her students, Annie Handmer.  

In a moving section of the evening’s entertainment, guitarist Art Phillips, whose niece Natalie Dartnell has been in end-stage MS for 20 years, played two songs after Natalie’s dad bravely shared his daughter’s story.

The Foundation’s honorary Auctioneer Craig Marshall, Century 21 Cordeau Marshall Group again gave his time and professional skills to conduct the Live Auction.  

“The Trish Foundation’s team of volunteers was thrilled to raise $175,000 for MS research,” said Foundation Chairman, Carol Langsford.  “This would not have been possible without the very generous and sensational support of so many.  We are incredibly grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of our Ball and the funds raised for research.”

Thank you to the Foundation’s valued Sponsors, Donors and Supporters for your great generosity and significant support of the Foundation and MS research.  Please click here.

Heartfelt appreciation also to our hard-working volunteers for giving your valuable time to contribute to the funds raised for multiple sclerosis research.  

 

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