Trivia Night

Over $17,000 raised for local MND research 

Congratulations and thank you to Kylie Kelly for organising the Trivia Night of the year, raising over $17,000 for local research. Thursday 7 November saw over 300 people gather at the Fraternity Club in Fairy Meadow to support Professor Justin Yerbury’s Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research at IHMRI.

The night kicked off with a warm welcome from Kylie Kelly and Dr Luke McAlary, a researcher on Professor Yerbury’s team. Dr McAlary introduced the research team and gave the audience a summary of the research being conducted into MND here at IHMRI.

When asked why she wanted to hold this event, Kylie Kelly said “Justin has made it his life’s work to find a cure for MND and I would like to support his research by holding events such as this trivia night. Whilst organising this event I have come across many individuals throughout the Illawarra whose family has been affected by MND, and it breaks my heart to hear their stories.” Kylie went on to say that she wants to “bring the inspirational work of Prof. Justin Yerbury even further into the public eye and put an end to Motor Neuron Disease once and for all.”

The trivia was provided by Daverntainment with ABC 97.3 radio announcer Nick Rheinberger running a trivia round of live music guitar riffs on his birthday! To celebrate, Kylie baked over 300 cupcakes of Nick’s face.

The evening also saw entertainment from Southern Brothers of Southern Lights Vocal Academy who treated guests to ‘Hello’ from The Book of Mormon and a beautiful version of ‘Mystery of your Gift’. Head to the website for details on the end of the year concert.  All entertainment was kindly donated so thanks to our performers and their families for making it possible.

Fundraising activities included a ban on the word ‘question’, the opportunity to buy double points and a huge silent auction valued at over $9,000 including Savvy Fitness, Surfpit Corrimal, Babyface Kitchen, 55 Parrots, The Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort and Harrigan Ford Yallah and The Fraternity Club who donated the space plus many, many more. Huge thank you to all donors and sponsors for making it possible to donate 100% of the funds raised to local MND research.

Professor Justin Yerbury and his family attended the night along with huge representation of IHMRI research teams. Professor Yerbury’s research focuses on Motor Neurone Disease (MND) / Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), with a particular emphasis on protein misfolding, protein aggregation and inclusion formation. Read more about Professor Yerbury’s research here

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