SIREN pays homage to our iconic Australian diva, Chrissy Amphlett (25 October 1959 – 21 April 2013) and Divinyls, while “crusading for a cure” and raising awareness for Multiple Sclerosis.
Chrissy lost her battle with Multiple Sclerosis and Breast Cancer in April of 2013.
Chrissy’s dying wish was to use the Divinyls biggest hit,
I Touch Myself to help to save lives. “Chrissy expressed hope that her worldwide hit “I Touch Myself” would remind women to perform breast examinations,” her cousin Little Pattie told 7News. Full News Article
Shortly after Chrissy’s passing, Donna Greene, lead singer of Perth band Siren (billed as The Ultimate Divinyls Tribute) paid tribute to Chrissy with a special show on June 2, 2013. The concert included a declaration of Chrissy’s last wish prior to the band’s fitting performance of I Touch Myself. Donna performed the show whilst suffering fatigue, pain and impaired vision, and shortly after the show, a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) was confirmed.
Having been a supporter of several charities over the years, it didn’t take long for Donna to decide that her path would now be to help to raise awareness about MS; to help to dispel some of the myths while also bringing into view the current state of play for Multiple Sclerosis – and to help to raise funds to find a cure.
Donna said: “It seems that Chrissy Amphlett’s story crossed paths with my own and ‘Siren’ seems to provide the perfect platform to continue to honour the music of Divinyls, Chrissy’s last wish – and my own wish today; To see a cure for MS in my life time.”
MS is a disease of the central nervous system which results in damage to myelin — a protective sheath surrounding the nerve fibres. When myelin is damaged this interferes with messages between the brain and other parts of the body. The symptoms of MS are different for each person. For some people, MS is characterised by periods of relapse and remission while for others it has a progressive pattern. For everyone it makes life unpredictable.
It is estimated that over 23,000 people in Australia have MS. An additional 1,000 Australians are diagnosed with MS every year, equating to approximately four people every working day. 2.5 million people are living with MS worldwide. While there are some treatments available to help to prevent the progression of MS, there is no known cure. Researchers are constantly working to find a cure.
For more information on MS in Western Australia, head to mswa.org.au
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SIREN would like you to join the crusade!
A message of support from Little Pattie
6 August 2013: “Shortly after Chrissy’s passing, Donna Greene, lead singer of Perth band Siren (billed as The Ultimate Divinyls Tribute) paid tribute to Chrissy with a special show in Perth. Donna performed the show whilst suffering fatigue, pain and impaired vision, and in an ironic twist has now been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) herself! Donna is now even more determined to raise money for the MS Society so please support her by liking her page & if you live in Perth, by going along to any future SIREN – Divinyls Show shows in Perth!”
You can support the show by Liking the Siren page on facebook (SirenDivinylsShow), spreading the word and following their facebook page while the band take the steps to put on a Siren spectacular to raise funds for research and awareness for MSWA.
Sponsor & venue enquiries welcome.
Funds raised from this event will be donated to the MS Society of WA
For any further MSWA enquiries, contact Jenny Saibu via the MSWA website or on 08 9365 4895.