On 27 February 2017, Spinal Cure Australia played host to a number of celebrities including singer, Seal and actor, Ben Mingay of twice-nominated Hacksaw Ridge fame amongst many others for their Annual Oscars lunch event held at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel.
The event also brought together some of Spinal Cure’s most ardent and long-standing supporters and cherished community members to not only enjoy the glitter and glam and celebrate the awards, but to also celebrate the significant progress in recent years and exciting times ahead with the introduction of new research collaboration Project Edge.
The focus on Spinal Cure research was further brought to the attention of people in Australia and worldwide in 2017 when Professor Alan Mackay-Sim was awarded Australian of the Year for his enormous contribution to treatment of spinal cord injuries. Professor Alan led the world’s first clinical trial using cells in spinal cord injury. In 2014, Alan’s research helped play a central role in proving the safety of science that was a precursor to the first successful restoration of mobility in a quadriplegic man; a truly remarkable man making significant inroads in an under-recognised industry.
Manrags donated socks to all 200 attendees at the Awards lunch and Seal hasn’t worn any other socks other than his Manrags since*.
*This claim is completely unsupported but here’s to hoping!