The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) 2018 World Congress will kick off on May 20th with an Opening Ceremony that’s sure to inspire participants. For one fun-filled evening, hundreds of members of the world bleeding disorders community will come together to celebrate the start of one of the most important events of the year.
The event will begin with a song by the World Choir. The choir is made up of a very unique group of people—volunteers brought together by The Haemophilia Society (U.K.). Anyone is welcome to be part of the group. Rehearsals will be done in a truly modern way—streamed on YouTube! And there’s no need to be an expert singer, as there will be no auditions. All you need is your enthusiasm and a willingness to practice. If you’d like to find out more about the choir, please visit The Haemophilia Society website.
The next highlight at the Opening Ceremony is a very special speaker: Jack Bridge, a paralympic swimmer. Bridge suffers from severe hemophilia A, but this challenge hasn’t stopped him from competing at a high level thanks to his determination, and the help of his swimming coach and physiotherapists. Bridge is a six-time British record holder, and competed in the 2012 Paralympics and the 2013 IPC World Swimming Championships in Canada.
The Opening Ceremony will also feature talks by Alain Weill, President of the WFH, Barry Flynn, Chair of the Haemophilia Society and others.
Several awards will be presented at the event, including the WFH International Frank Schnabel Award and the WFH International Lifetime Achievement Award.
Naturally, the event wouldn’t be complete without a bagpipe song to close out the Opening Ceremony and usher in the start of the Congress.
The WFH 2018 World Congress begins on May 20, 2018. We hope to see you there.
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To register now, please visit our WFH 2018 World Congress registration page.
To find out more about the Haemophilia Society UK choir, fill out the form here, or contact [email protected].