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One Decade Gala Fundraising Dinner 2011

At the launch of Macular Degeneration Awareness Week 2011, the Foundation celebrated one decade of service to the Macular Degeneration community with a gala fundraising dinner at the Sydney Hilton Hotel on Friday 20 May.

It was a wonderful evening acknowledging so many supporters and expressing our heartfelt thanks for the enormous contribution of Dr Paul Beaumont, our founding director.

Ambassador for the MD Foundation, actor and comedian, Jean Kittson, was superb as our MC, making for an enjoyable and memorable evening. Our wonderful patron, Ita Buttrose, launched our awareness week and presented the winners of the mEYE World Photographic Competition with their prizes.

NSW Minister for Health and Research the Hon. Jillian Skinner MP kindly launched the Macular Degeneration Foundation Research Grants Program fundraising appeal to raise $10 million over the next 10 years to help find a cure for MD.

This Grants Program is a major initiative and reflects the Foundation’s long term commitment to research on MD. We are kick starting the research to help find reasons and answers for this disease by providing an initial allocation over the next three years of $1.5 million from our reserves.

The Macular Degeneration Foundation received wonderful support for this event from a large range of businesses and organisations who generously donated their goods and services to ensure a successful night – our sincere thanks to all.