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