The Trish MS Research Foundation MS Black and White Ball was held on the 3rd September at the Hilton Sydney, and gathered hundreds of guests together to celebrate the work of leading Australian MS researchers.
The theme for the night was black and white, but the Hilton Sydney Grand Ballroom was bathed in colour, 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 find a cure. Among the many guests were joint Patrons Dr Brendan Nelson AO, Director of the Australian War Memorial and Barry O’Farrell, former Premier of NSW as well as the Hon John Alexander, Federal Member for Bennelong, tennis legend Ken Rosewall AM MBE and eminent MS researchers.
The evening started with an uplifting video presentation featuring leading MS researchers Dr Steven Petratos and Professor Helmut Butzkueven. Throughout the evening the audience was treated to an inspiring duet by acclaimed soprano Toni Powell and Mitch Gardner from The Voice and the band Slide McBride.
Professor David Booth, Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Immunology, Westmead Institute of Medical Research, spoke about the optimism amongst MS researchers in their quest to find a cure and promising new approaches for better drugs. He said ‘We have seen great progress in reducing relapses thanks to new drugs. But although there has been 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 even better therapies.’
The Trish MS Black and White Ball was a stunning night to remember, with the celebrity MC Leigh Sales (host of the ABC 7.30 Report), entertainment, inspiring speeches and a record amount of $193,000 raised for important MS research. MS Research Australia is in awe of what the Foundation achieves with their annual signature event and it continues to be a joy to be able to collaborate so closely with the Trish MS Research Foundation, like we have for the last ten years with all funds going directly to MS research.
The Trish MS Research Foundation Chair, Carol Langsford OAM said ‘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.’