PRESS RELEASE_VioletDiamonBall_ March 2015
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - PRESS RELEASE_VioletDiamonBall_ March 2015
Violet Diamond Gala Ball: A Rare Diamond for a Rare
We are thrilled to announce the first ever gala to raise money for the
Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation, the Violet Diamond Gala Ball. This black-
tie event is being held in Melbourne on the evening of Saturday the 2 May
and will be hosted by MC, TV news journalist, Sonia Marinelli (Channel 9).
Sonia ran a special report on the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation and
upcoming Gala Ball, which recently aired on Channel 9 news. See:
It is said if one is fortunate enough to lay eyes on a Violet Diamond in
their life time; one is truly blessed, as they are so rare. First discovered in
the 1980s, violet diamonds are indeed a natural wonder.
The symbolism of the violet diamond resonates with the Sanfilippo
community, as this precious stone is as rare and beautiful as each child
battling Sanfilippo Syndrome. There are an estimated 50 cases of the
condition in Australia. But each year, around the world, 2,000 babies are
born with this devastating disease.
Mucopolysaccharidosis III (MPS III), also known as Sanfilippo Syndrome
is a rare genetic condition that causes fatal brain damage. It is a serious
degenerative condition affecting children, and for which there is currently
no effective treatment or cure. Life expectancy for children with the
condition is just 12-20 years.
As the condition affects only 1:70,000, there is little commercial interest
from big pharmaceuticals and no government funding. But there is Hope.
Hope in the form of a pioneering clinical gene therapy trial due to start at
Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio later this year.
The Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation aims to bring the trial to Australian
shores to enable Australian children equality of access to this emerging
treatment as their European and American counterparts. It is also on
Australian shores that the Violet Diamond originates.
It too comes from a place of great beauty, the world’s biggest pink and
purple diamond mine (Argyle) in the East Kimberly region in the remote
north of Western Australia.
Held in the San Remo Ballroom in North Carlton, Melbourne, guests at the
Violet Diamond Gala Ball will be treated to touch of old-world glamour
with a live band, red carpet photographer, live and silent auctions, and a
Sponsorship packages are available, which include brand presence on the
website, social media, plus a huge thank you on the evening and an
opportunity to display pull-up signage in the foyer. If you know any
business that would like to assist with seeking sponsorship or donate a
prize for our prize pool, please contact gala organiser Renee Steel at
Renee.Steel@live.com.au or phone 0407 307 446.
Tickets are $160 pep or tables of 10 are available for $1,400 and
on sale at: www.sanfilippo.org.au/violet
To learn more about the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation, or to
make a donation visit: www.sanfilippo.org.au. You can also follow
the foundation on Facebook
www.facebook.com.au/sanfilippochildrensfoundation and Twitter
For all media enquiries please contact Ingrid Maack
firstname.lastname@example.org. au 0422 656 465 or Megan Donnell