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Trish MS Black and White Ball


The Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation’s theme was black and white, but the Hilton Sydney Grand Ballroom was bathed in the colour of love as hundreds of guests joined together to celebrate the work of leading Australian researchers, raising over $190,000 for MS research – a record amount - so they can continue on their quest to find a cure.  



Michael Kirkby, Singapore Airlines presenting the Singapore Airlines ticket to the generous highest bidder, Grahame Aston

Joint Patrons, Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial and Barry O’Farrell, Former Premier of NSW, Federal Member for Bennelong, Hon John Alexander, tennis legend Ken Rosewall, Sponsors, entertainers and eminent MS researchers, joined hundreds of guests and supporters at the black and white-themed event to raise vital funds for MS research projects, whilst shining a light on the researchers who work tirelessly to find ways to help those with MS manage the disease more effectively, and to unlock the secrets to ultimately eradicate its existence.  

Led by Celebrity MC, the ABC’s 7.30 host Leigh Sales, the Trish MS Black and White Ball was a fun, inspiring evening.  Ms Sales said, “In my line of work, every night I present stories about the terrible things that happen to people and the cruel and random twists of fate that life can deliver. What made such on impact on me from Trish’s story was how Roy and Carol personify what determination and hard work can do.”

Ms Sales also highlighted the importance of one the many pivotal research projects the Trish MS Research Foundation has played a part in through the provision of funding.  

Guests were heralded into the Ballroom by ‘Fred Astaire’ alias Ball Committee member, Phil Newman, who introduced and thanked Leigh Sales and ensured the Ball began as scheduled.    

The evening began with an uplifting video presentation produced pro bono again this year by DMC Digital, which featured leading MS researchers Dr Steven Petratos, who travelled from Melbourne to attend the Ball, and Professor Helmut Butzkueven.   

Guests at the Trish MS Black & White Ball were also treated to an inspiring duet performance by acclaimed soprano Toni Powell and a star of The Voice, Mitch Gardner and the magnificent music of the talented Band, Slide McBride who also entertained guests during pre-dinner drinks.  

Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Immunology at the Westmead Institute of Medical Research, Professor David Booth, delivered the keynote speech for the evening and told guests there is much optimism amongst researchers in their quest to find a cure.  

“We have seen great progress in reducing relapses thanks to new drugs. But although good progress, we need better drugs and ways to use them. The new drugs represent the end of a pipeline which starts with scientific discoveries, and we have promising new approaches to get better drugs.  

“The fact is there are many more ideas than funds to test them and only the most competitive ideas get funded. The donations you provide tonight will fund more ideas and help speed progress to a cure and I thank the Trish MS Research Foundation and you who have contributed to it very much, for your support of MS research,” Professor Booth commented.  

The Foundation’s Joint Patron, Dr Brendan Nelson gave a memorable, moving speech leading into the Live Auction, speaking passionately about the Australian War Memorial and the Live Auction item he very generously donated.  

The entertaining Live Auction was professionally conducted by honorary Auctioneers Craig Marshall, Savills Cordeau Marshall and Andrew Mason, Sew & Sew Wines, the funds raised for each Live Auction item exceeding expectations.  

Guests generously made donations to fund an Incubator Grant, which has been awarded to Dr Ben Gu who is carrying out his research at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health, Victoria.  On average, recipients of Incubator Grants are able to leverage 27 times the initial funding with prestigious grants from other funding bodies, including the National Health and Medical Research Council.    

Trish Foundation Chairman, Carol Langsford, says the funds raised at the Trish MS Black and White Ball are essential to helping the charity continue its great work.  

“The Trish Foundation continues to make a significant contribution to MS research in Australia, as well as the worldwide effort. We are very proud to be contributing to research projects resulting in ground-breaking findings that are moving even closer to unlocking the mysteries of MS to find a cure. We consider it a privilege and an honour to raise funds for important research projects and we very much appreciate the exceptional support we are blessed to receive from so many generous and passionate people and organisations which enabled us to raise a record amount at our Ball.  Our heartfelt appreciation to each of our guests, our very generous major Corporate Sponsors and donors and to every person who contributed to the success of our Ball and the funds we raised for MS research.”  

Our profound gratitude to the Trish Foundation’s very valued Sponsors, Donors and Supporters for your great generosity and brilliant contribution towards the cure for this disease.  Please click here for more information.  

Our great appreciation also to our hard-working volunteers for giving your valuable time and skills to contribute to the funds raised for MS research.    


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