SpinalCure wins at Oscar lunch

SpinalCure was the winner at the 89th Academy Awards luncheon hosted by Channel 9 at Glass Brasserie, Sydney as a fundraiser for Project Edge. A glittering cast walked the red carpet alongside Emily!

SpinalCure wins at Oscar lunch

On Monday Emily and I were treated to a celebrity luncheon as we watched the 89th Academy Awards while sipping Moet & Chandon French Champagne. Channel 9 presenters Georgie Gardner and David Campbell introduced the event as a fundraiser for SpinalCure – Project Edge.

SpinalCure wins at Oscar lunch

Emily rolled the red carpet with:

SpinalCure wins at Oscar lunch

SpinalCure wins at Oscar lunch

Logie Award winner Miranda Tapsell from the T.V. series Love Child who also helped pull winning tickets in the raffle.

SpinalCure wins at Oscar lunch

Ben Mingay who starred in the 2016 Hacksaw Ridge (Grease Nolan) winner on Monday for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Hacksaw Ridge was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director.

Sam Neill the famous New Zealand actor was present!

SpinalCure wins at Oscar lunch   Shelley Craft, so elegant!SpinalCure wins at Oscar lunch

Television presenter Kerri-Anne Kennerley, whose husband John fell in 2016 at Coffs Harbour sustaining a spinal cord injury, pictured here with Duncan Wallace

SpinalCure wins at Oscar lunch

Duncan Wallace CEO, SpinalCure Australia with Professor Bryce Vissel, who heads Project Edge at the Centre for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at UTS, pictured here with Emily – who is hoping that Project Edge might one day help her recover from her spinal cord injury caused by a snowboarding accident.

SpinalCure wins at Oscar lunch

After an entrée of salmon ceviche we were served a perfect beef fillet followed by a delicious sheep’s milk cheesecake, strawberries and meringue. As Vittoria was a sponsor we enjoyed a cup of their coffee as we sat back and watched the Academy Awards revealed correctly and incorrectly!

No slips at the Glass Brasserie as the raffle was pulled by glamorous celebrities. Thank you to the key sponsors, all of whom made the event possible: 9Honey, Vic’s Premium Quality Meat, James Boag’s Premium Lager, Moet & Chandon Champagne, The Luke Mangan Group, Little Creatures Pale Ale, Joto – The fresh fish people, Hilton – Sydney, Vittoria Coffee, L.J. Parthenos & Son.

Gift bags were a delight for us to unpack at home courtesy of: Virgin, Nine Live, Warner Bros, Manrags, OPI, Star and PR Events, Xtend Barre, Paul Mitchell, Sweaty Betty PR, Secret Bottle, Maritime Museum, Hedgren luggage, Blackmores and San Pellegrino. Many thanks.

SpinalCure wins at Oscar lunch

Monday was an exciting start to the week, fun to watch the Oscar envelopes opened and winners announced from Hollywood, Los Angeles. Emily and I have seen many of the nominated movies and delighted in the ceremony but our day was made by the cast of personalities attending the luncheon around us. Their generosity of time towards a cause deeply personal to us was touching and gracious.  Thank you to everyone who attended, bought a raffle ticket and made the occasion a winner for SpinalCure – Project Edge.

Having a cuddle with Duncan and Seal

Sydney Morning Herald’s Andrew Hornery having a private moment with me!

SpinalCure wins at Oscar lunch

SpinalCure wins at Oscar lunch

Take a look as the most exciting collaboration between University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Prof Reggie Edgerton of UCLA, SpinalCure Australia and Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA). Using currents of electricity to ‘re-ignite’ injured spinal cords.  www.projectedge.org.au – You can donate now!

The neurostimulation project aims to develop technologies and treatments which can become an integral part of rehabilitation programs nationwide, resulting in improved clinical, financial and personal outcomes for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). These treatments will also help to address the severe economic toll of SCI in Australia – estimated to be $2 billion * annually in direct health and lost productivity costs.

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Pictured below is Duncan Wallace with Sam and Cameron Bloom. Cameron’s photographs in Penguin Bloom inspired Reese Witherspoon and Naomi Watts to produce a film adaptation of the book called Penguin the Magpie. I hope next year at the 90th Academy Awards we are here with Penguin the Magpie as a film nominee!

SpinalCure wins at Oscar lunch

Penguin Bloom tells the story of how a baby magpie helped a northern beaches family cope with a devastating accident. Supporting SpinalCure with 10% of book proceeds.

Read – Suddenly an Everyday Carer – “Rachel James’ heartfelt introduction to the world of spinal injury caring for her daughter, then aged just 22. Honest, forthright, Rachel’s journey is harrowing, and tragic yet she blends it with grace and humour. With many helpful tips, this book is a great resource for those wanting to understand more about the devastation caused by an injury of this type, (or other unexpected trauma) and the hypocrisy of how society still deals with aspects of disability.”

“Rachel and Emily have been inspirational in how they have reshaped their lives after trauma. I hope Rachel’s warm humour and insightful words help provide support for others who may be going through their own journey. Thank you for sharing this empowering story.”

“I could feel the pain, the process, the progress and the future in her words, truly inspirational!! A must read.”

Buy the book now – all proceeds to SpinalCure.

SpinalCure wins at Oscar lunch

Finally a big thank you to Joanna Knott, MBA BA (Hons) MPRIA OAM – Chair of SpinalCure Australia – Thank you for our invitation but also for your dedicated commitment to SpinalCure, I am so proud to call you a friend.

SpinalCure wins at Oscar lunch

 

*Access Economics, June 2009 – John Walsh (independent Actuary) has confirmed this figure.

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