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Teneriffe Festival 2017!

Well Brissie, we’ve got to hand it to you, you sure know how to host a festival! Saturday 1st July saw the streets shutdown and the stalls set up, ready to celebrate everything that makes the suburb of Teneriffe great – and believe us, there’s a LOT that makes this place buzz! Kiss Goodbye to MS was proud to be the official 2017 charity partner of the event. Basked in the glorious Queensland sunshine, the streets and laneways were filled with hundreds of pop up market stalls showcasing the depth and breadth of Teneriffe’s culture and history. With street food from all over the world, festival goers were able to mix up the menu – where else could you grab Vietnamese rolls, followed by Greek yiros and then round it off with American style deep fried ice cream (yes, we did. And we don’t regret anything!)

One of the standout features of the event were the beautiful, Vivid-style art projections which adorned the London Woolstores. Created by Matt Sheridan, the piece was a mind-blowing example of art in motion.  As part of this artwork the Kiss Goodbye to MS Wall of Kisses was displayed across the entire Woolstore, showing the real face of MS. Thousands of Kiss Goodbye to MS supporters sent their selfies to be projected across the building creating a spectacular mosaic. As well as being visually stunning, the piece got people talking about MS and raised awareness about the Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign.

We couldn’t talk about the festival without bragging about the incredible Kiss Goodbye to MS volunteers who selflessly gave up their Saturday to help coordinate the event. Our team of vollies were stationed at each entrance to the festival, taking entry fees and providing event information, all with big smiles on their faces. With a donation of the ticket sales going to Kiss Goodbye to MS, we are so grateful to have had our team there to represent our campaign.  A huge thank you to everyone who donated their time!

Finally, we need to send a special shout-out to the Chairwoman of the Teneriffe Board, and Kiss Goodbye to MS ambassador, Jillian Kingsford-Smith. Jillian has dedicated countless hours, many sleepless nights and limitless amounts of passion to this project to ensure the festival was the success it was. Jillian, who has MS, is known around our office as ‘a superwoman’, because she never lets anything stand in her way.

The event was a spectacular celebration of what makes Teneriffe tick and we hope everyone who was involved enjoyed it as much as we did!