The Union Street-based Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) hosted a Global Dinner Party at the Jerwood Space last week to raise funds towards finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
Supporters of MS charities held similar events worldwide during the month of February. Instead of gifts people are asked to make a donation towards MS research and development.
The MSIF leads the international MS movement, linking together 41 member MS societies from around the globe to support the 2.5 million worldwide who have MS. The Federation's vision is to have a world without MS
"We believe that the Global Dinner Party is a great opportunity to raise awareness of a devastating disease that knows no borders", said Christine Purdy, Chief Executive of MSIF. "The donations made at the Global Dinner Party are for research that will hopefully one day lead to a cure."
MSIF's Global Dinner Party was held at the Jerwood Space – a short walk along Union Street from the charity's HQ – with 65 friends and partners related to the MS world attending. Guest of Honour Professor Jürg Kesselring, director of a major MS rehabilitation centre in
Switzerland, spoke about the relationship between music and the brain using classical music and his own professional perceptions on the effects of music and the brain.
Local and international companies offered their support by donating raffle prizes for the event, including a backstage tour from the Old Vic Theatre, ticket vouchers for a production at the Southwark Playhouse and an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with the design team of the Palestra building on Union Street.