A unique social event for a good cause is coming to Central Oval, with the first-ever Kiss Goodbye to MS Mid Summer Night Ball to be held on Saturday night, February 23.
The event, organised by South Augusta Football Club's Social Committee, will raise funds for research into multiple sclerosis (MS).
SAFC Social Committee member Jenny Grantham said Kiss Goodbye to MS was a worthwhile charity to support.
“There are some great charities out there, but this was the one that we decided to link this event to,” she said.
“We have some members of the club and family members that have been affected by MS.”
MS is when the immune system mistakenly attacks and damages the myelin which protects and insulates the nerves, disrupting the communication between the brain and the body.
The disease is the most common acquired chronic neurological disease affecting young adults, most commonly diagnosed between 20 and 40 years of age, with three out of four people diagnosed in Australia being women.
Providing the entertainment at the ball will be Adelaide-based band Vulnerable Interpreters, whose frontman John Kinnear is originally from Port Augusta.
John said he can’t wait to get back home to perform for a cause that is particularly important to the band.
“We’re quite lucky to have another vocalist called Louise Pearson and this particular show is very close to our hearts because Louise has MS," John explained.
“We’ll put on a big show, with a good light show, so it’ll be a good spectacle and a lot of fun.”
Vulnerable Interpreters puts their own spin on classic rock tunes from acts such as Tom Petty, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Police, Little River Band and Skyhooks.
Joining the band on stage as a support act is another ex-Port Augusta resident, Andrea Dawson.
The 18-and-over event will feature a marquee on the grass plaza area at the Central Oval Complex, while Kieran’s Kitchen will also be on site.
A King and Queen will be judged on the night and a silent auction will be held.
Jenny encouraged the community to get behind the unique and exciting event.
“There’s live bands from the city with a Port Augusta link, all while supporting a worthy cause,” she said.
“People cry out a bit for entertainment options in Port Augusta and this is something a bit different.”
Tickets are available for $50 at the SAFC Bar or online at www.moshtix.com.au