Over 100 people turned out for LiveBetter’s Glitz and Glamour Ball last Wednesday night.
NDIS participants, their support workers, friends and family donned gowns and tuxedos and kicked their heels up at Broken Hill’s Civic Centre.
Ballgoers celebrated the night with some arriving in a limousine.
Mayor Kennedy dropped in to check out the event before heading off to a council meeting.
“It was a cracker of a night there was karaoke, line dancing, a rousing rendition of Nutbush and a huge amount of fun and joy had by all,” Laura Treagar from LiveBetter said.
Candice Plane, the Senior Disability Services Coordinator at LiveBetter and the event organiser, wanted to put on a night for her brother-in-law, Craig, and other NDIS participants to kick their heels up after the first COVID lockdown.
“I wanted the chance for Craig and the guys to do something special to have an experience they wouldn’t otherwise have,” Ms Plane said.
Heath Butcher, Tia Osman and Chevarli Lloyd also turned out to support the Far West Caring Souls organisation.
What started as an idea for a night out with music and dancing grew into a fully-fledged ball with support from the Broken Hill City Council who subsidised the use of the Civic Centre for the night, explained Ms Treagar.
“Glitz and Glamour balls are so important because they give our clients an opportunity to glam up, get their hair and make-up done and kick their heels up,” Ms Treagar said.
LiveBetter wanted as many people living with a disability as possible to enjoy the ball and invited NDIS participants from across the region.
People came from Nygan, Cobar and Warren to enjoy the night.
“Everyone looks stunning. Many of the attendees won’t have been to a ball before or even a school formal. A ball like this is a very special night for them,” Ms Treagar said.
The Broken Hill community rallied around and donated all the gowns and suits for the ball. Tania Bacich did all the alterations.
Laura Treagar said LiveBetter run services to 120 NDIS participants here in Broken Hill, and these include day programs, drop-in support, short term accommodation, school leavers employment support and a program called ‘Carer Gateway’, which gives people support if they are caring for someone with a disability, illness or who is elderly.
The Broken Hill community will be pleased to hear that LiveBetter hope to run another ball like this in the future.