How Trish foundation significantly increases live and silent auction fundraising

Trish Langsford had been a terrific sportswoman. Her achievements include, representing NSW in U/18, U/21 and open cricket teams, and representing Australia as Captain of the Australian U/23 team in 1994. She withdrew from cricket in 1994 after becoming ill. At age 23, Trish Langsford was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Her parents, Carol and Roy Langsford, were faced with the reality of supporting their daughter as she was dealing with this debilitating disease. Trish spent 4 ½ years in a nursing home before passing away in 2002, age 30.

MS is most commonly diagnosed in young people aged in their 20s or 30s. Australia averages more than 10 new diagnoses every week.

Carol Langsford OAM, Chairman of the Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation and Roy Langsford OAM launched the Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation in December 2000 with the goal of finding a cure or preventative strategy to eliminate this disease. To date, the foundation has raised over $5 million towards eradicating this disease. Every dollar raised goes directly to MS research.

Carol says, “We knew it was too late to help Trish as she was in the final stages of the disease. So we made a commitment to each other and to Trish that we would do all we can to support research with the goal of eradicating this awful disease. No-one should have to go through that.”

Major scientific breakthroughs

The Trish foundation has contributed to research projects which have led to greater understanding of the disease, led to development of drugs that can make patients more comfortable and two major scientific breakthroughs.

  1. A world first discovery of a blood biomarker which will simplify and speed up diagnosis enabling the most appropriate treatments. The Trish foundation supported Dr Edwin Lim, Macquarie University, in this joint research with Professor Gilles Guillemin also from Macquarie University.
  2. Identification of 57 genes associated with multiple sclerosis. This knowledge helps scientists understand environmental triggers leading to development of MS in susceptible people. The international study involved 250 researchers including Professor Graeme Stewart, Westmead Millennium Institute, and his team. Professor Stewart and his team received $200 000 funding from the Trish Foundation.

Every dollar matters

Fundamental to the charity is the commitment of every dollar raised being directly used for research. Administration costs are covered by the directors and the organisation is run entirely by volunteers. It is essential that costs are kept to a minimum and that any technology introduced is easily managed.

Annual Trish Ball putting fun into fundraising

One of the major events on the foundations fundraising calendar is the annual Trish Ball in Sydney. The aim of the Ball is to raise funds while providing a great night out full of entertainment and fun. The ball attracts 400-550 people annually and many attendees make the Trish Ball a must do event on their schedule year after year. Fundraising activities on the evening include a live auction and a silent auction.

The Trish Ball attracts generous support from corporations and individuals in donation of auction items.

Set up for a successful auction

A successful auction depends as much on the bidder experience as it does on quality donations. Bidders are looking for a fun experience, the excitement of finding something of value to them, winning the bid and knowing they have also contributed to a great cause.

Prior to 2016 items at the Trish Ball were displayed as photos or flyers in plastic frames. Then one of the younger volunteers suggested using iPads for display to create more appeal.

As the iPads would only be required for one day a year, purchasing them was not a reasonable option. Carol searched for iPad hire and found iPadforms. She got in touch with Shrey, from iPadforms.

Based in Sydney, iPadforms are one of the largest suppliers of iPad hire with one of the largest portfolio of devices in Australia. Pricing is transparent. There are no hidden costs. Rental policies are flexible, and they are proactive in customer support. iPadforms recognise the importance of reliability. It is essential for the equipment to be right on the night (or day).

“I was impressed with Shrey’s professionalism right from the start.” Carol says, “He has been very generous towards the foundation and nothing is too much trouble. He is reliable, always answers emails, iPads are always ready for pick up as ordered.”

iPadforms motivate bidders for competitive offers

The iPads are placed on stands that allow ample space for prominent display of the item donors logo directly underneath the iPad as it showcases their donated item.

The display area fills with excitement as bidders look at the beautiful pictures and discuss them over drinks and nibbles. They are entertained and engaged in the auction process. The overall tone of the event is a modern professional and luxurious experience.

“I have a power point template to use and all I have to do is put pictures of the auction items in, sometimes video as well, and another committee member loads them up.” Says Carol, “They roll over a number of pictures of the auction item and look absolutely stunning”.

“Wow, when I saw the effect and how beautiful the display looked – we have had a luxury yacht experience in Sydney harbour, and we have had a skydiving adventure as auction items. It looks so beautiful to have pictures and video. I have no doubt whatsoever that the iPad displays have led to more bids and a significant increase in funds raised this way. People get a very clear picture of the items they are bidding on.”

“There is no doubt the items promoted on iPads have raised more funds for research than would have otherwise been possible,” says Carol.



Customer: Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation

Event: Annual Trish Ball, 400-550 attendees

Activity: Live auction and silent auction fundraising

Technology: 12 iPads hired from iPadforms

Frequency: annually since 2016

Use: iPads showcase main auction items with PowerPoint presentations continuously rolling. The iPads are placed on stands prominently featuring donor details. These are set up on tables in a viewing area.

Results: Bidding is hotly contested and fundraising significantly enhanced. Item donors are incredibly pleased with the professional presentation of their donated items and prominent placement of their logos.


Author: Alison Eaton



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Guided Access: How to Disable the Home Button in iOS 10

Apple product, especially Ipads, has been a helpful instrument for creating a unique opportunity for personal learning especially young age, this makes research so cool and fast to handle, if you don’t have one kindly strive all the possible best to buy so that you won’t be missing the interesting things ought to enjoy.
Guided Access has been the best way out to restrict the way your iPad is being handled by friends. We have packaged very simple steps to follow in activating Guided Access mode:
⦁ You will click on the General option
⦁ Then you select the Accessibility
⦁ From the Accessibility, you will click on the Guided Access and turn it on
⦁ Lastly, Tap the passcode to enable easy turned off.
With this, your iPhone is fully yours.
The majority of iPad users don’t know most of the unique features the phone as with this they underutilize it. Here are some well-summarized steps to follow including pictures illustration, to deactivate the home button in iOs 10.
Step 1: open the Settings app

Step 2: Under the Settings select General

Step 3: Under General find and open Accessibility

Step 4: Below the Accessibility, you click on Guided Access

Step 5: Turn on Guided Access by swiping OFF, to the right

Step 6: After the Guided Access is ON, select Set Passcode

Step 7: In this features make sure you use 4-digit password, you can remember, then re-enter your Passcode a second time.
Step 8: Return to the home screen and open your app.
Step 9: To turn ON Guided Access within the app quickly tap the Home button three times.

Note: Under the screen, there is an option to turn Touch or Motion either ON/OFF, but by the default touch is turned ON, this enable the option to restrict the touch input on the screen area, this is been done by taking your finger and focus around the target area. Turning Touch OFF limits all Touch input on the screen.
Step 10: Once done, select start (on the top right) to return to your app.
Step 11: Lastly, to disable and stop Guided Access: Click on the Home button 3 times just as you did the other time and input your 4-digit Passcode and then select end (on the top left).

10 Ways You Can Use iPad for your business!

Your iPad isn’t just something to play games and listen music on, it was designed in a way that it integrates with the essential features of your business and helps you in managing the day to day operations. According to Apple’s official website you can now “uncover entirely new ways to create content, collaborate, stay organized and analyse data.”

In this article we are going to take a look at how you can use the new iPad Pro with iOS 10 complete tasks related to your business.

1. Use Microsoft Office on-the-go!

You can use Microsoft Office on your iPad now and carry all your documents with you. The large display of the iPad will help you scroll through all the Excel files easily. Whether it is an important contract or your Presentation that needs some last minute editing, you can use your iPad to complete your work on the go!

2. Short on time? Multitask!

You can now respond to all your emails while working on a Microsoft Word document, as the iPad has become more powerful with the iOS 10. Use Microsoft Powerpoint or Microsoft Excel and give commands simultaneously to your iPad.

3. Let your creativity flow easily!

When the iOS 10 pairs with with the Apple Pencil, your creativity gets to flow without any barriers. Use the Apple Pencil on your iPad Pro like a whiteboard, draw everything the way you have pictured it in your head! Whether working on a creative Ad or a new product, the iPad will facilitate your business work at every step of the journey!

4. Productivity combines with Flexibility with the Apple Pencil!

You no longer have to print your email attachments to review them or highlight the important parts. With the Apple Pencil, you have the flexibility of working on documents while adding your viewpoints or simply encircling the important parts!

5. Work Smart Not Hard!

Gone are the times when you put in hours and hours of work on a project, emailed it to your client, waited for the feedback and then continued to integrate the feedback in it. You can now interact with your clients in a more effective manner with your iPad, no matter where they reside. Get feedback instantly from clients while talking to them.

6. Video-Conferencing made easier

If you are stuck in traffic and are unable to reach your business meeting on time, simply use video-conferencing through several apps on your iPad. This also enables you to meet with your employees located in different parts of the world!

7. Share your files without worrying about privacy

Share any kinds of files or images with your employees with apps such as DropBox. Your files would only be shared with the people you want, that means you don’t have to worry about any privacy issues.

8. Access files saved on your PC!

iPad always makes accessing and editing files easier, if you forgot an important file on your PC you can access it using iDisk.

9. Stay on top of your day!

The ever changing world of business requires you to plan each and every minute of your day. Your iPad helps you do that. You can manage your schedule with the Apps you prefer and stay on top of your day.

10. Perform complex tasks without draining a lot of battery!

May it be working on spreadsheets, analyzing graphs and tons of data, the iPad won’t let you down because of its amazing battery life! Run all the apps that you want and make use of the latest technology to help your business flourish!

iPad Comparision Matrix

iPad 2 iPad Air iPad Pro 12.9
Model iPad 2 iPad Air iPad Pro(12.9 Inch)
Model Number A885 (WiFi) A1474 (WiFi) A1584 (Wi-Fi)
SoC Apple A5 Apple A7 Apple A9X
Motion coprocessor Apple M7 Apple M9
CPU 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 1.5 GHz tri-core AppleTyphoon 2.26 GHz dual-core Apple Twister
GPU Dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2 Quad-core PowerVRG6430 12-core PowerVR Series 7XT
Memory 512 MB DDR2 RAM (1066 Mbit/s data rate) built into Apple A5 package 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM
Display 9.7 inches (250 mm) multi-touch display with LED backlighting and a fingerprint and scratch-resistant coating 9.7 inches (250 mm) multi-touch display with LED backlighting and a fingerprint and scratch-resistant coating 12.9 inches (330 mm) [diagonal] multi-touch display with LED backlighting and an oleophobic, fingerprint and scratch-resistant coating, Antireflective coating 2732-by-2048 pixel resolution 264 ppi (Retina Display)
1024×768 pixels at 132 ppi 2048×1536 pixels at 264 ppi (Retina Display)
Camera Back 720 p HD still and video camera
0.7 MP, 30fps and 5× digital zoom
1080p HD still and video camera
5 MP, 30fps and 5× digital zoom
8 MP, ƒ/2.4 aperture, HDR for photos, Autofocus, five-element lens, Hybrid IR filter,
Backside illumination, Face Detection, Exposure control, Panorama (up to 43 MP), Burst mode, Tap to focus, Photo geotagging, Timer mode, Video Recording, 1080p video recording (30 fps), Slo-mo video support for 720p at 120 fps, Time-lapse video, Video image stabilization, 3× digital zoom, Video geotagging
Front VGA-quality still and videocamera, 0.3 MP 1.2 MP still, 720p video 1.2 MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 720p HD video recording, Auto HDR for photos and videos,Backside illumination, Exposure control, Burst mode, Timer mode and Face Detection
Wireless Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual channel (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz); HT80 with MIMO
Bluetooth 4.2 technology
Geolocation Wi-Fi, Apple location databases Wi-Fi, Apple location databases Wi-Fi, Apple location databases, iBeacon microlocation
Environmental sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, magnetometer, gyroscope Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, magnetometer, gyroscope Accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor,magnetometer, barometer
Battery 3.8 V 25 W·h (6,944 mA·h) 3.73 V 32.9 W·h (8,820 mA·h) 3.77 V 38.8 W·h (10,307mA·h) rechargeable lithium‐polymer battery
Dimensions 9.5 in × 7.31 in × 0.346 in (241.3 mm × 185.7 mm × 8.8 mm) 9.4 in × 6.6 in × 0.24 in (238.8 mm × 167.6 mm × 6.1 mm) 305.7 mm (12.04 in) (h) x 220.6 mm (8.69 in) (w) x 6.9 mm (0.27 in) (d)
Weight Wi-Fi model: 1.325 lb (601 g) Wi-Fi model: 0.96 lb (437 g) Wi-Fi model: 1.57 lb (710 g)
Mechanical keys Home, sleep, volume rocker, variable function switch (originally screen rotation lock, mute) Home, sleep, volume rocker, variable function switch (originally screen rotation lock, mute) Home, sleep, volume rocker
Connector 30-pin dock connector Lightning Connector Lightning Connector, Apple Smart Connector
Greenhouse gas emissions 180 kg CO2e 190 kg CO2e 240 kg CO2e
iPad 2 iPad Air iPad Pro 12.9

How To Get More People to Come to your Trade Show Event

When you go to a trade show, you may find that people are deterred when they see crowds of people at a booth and they also feel intimidated when a tradesmen is trying to sell products to everyone who walks past. This can create an unstable and unwelcoming environment, so it is something that you really do want to avoid. How do you do this, you ask?

The main thing you need to do is think about iPad hire and iPad stands. The iPad is a very lightweight technology and it can give you the chance to showcase brochures, videos, apps, games and more. If you have visitors that are coming to your trade show, you’ll find that this can greatly enhance their overall experience and anyone can come and pick one up from the booth. It gives you a great way to gain new customers and it is also the best way for you to make sure that you don’t turn into a pushy salesman with no regard for your customers and their overall level of happiness.

Either way, it doesn’t matter why you are considering an iPad or why you want to avoid the uncomfortable feeling of a pushy trade show, because an iPad can give you the happy medium you need for your visitors and it is also a great way for you to get your point across as well.

Our team would love to assist you with your iPad renting and there has never been a better time for you to get started either. All you have to do is give us a quick call and we will be there to help, not to mention that we can also help you to choose the right iPad, Stand and Application for your needs.