Healthy cel­e­bra­tion of com­mu­nity groups

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Jes­sica Nico Picture: Jean-Paul Horre

THE glitz and glam­our of the Fre­man­tle Ball will re­turn next month to cel­e­brate the con­tri­bu­tion of six or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing to im­prove Abo­rig­i­nal health and well­be­ing south of the river.

Now in its fifth year, the Fre­man­tle Foun­da­tion event is the night where con­trib­u­tors to this year’s Im­pact100 fundraiser are thanked and one of the six or­gan­i­sa­tions is named the win­ner of the re­sult­ing $100,000 grant.

Af­ter get­ting the crowd on their feet at last year’s event mo­town duo The Merindas will re­turn, while the Mo­orditj Mob will open the night with some cap­ti­vat­ing danc­ing.

Fre­man­tle Foun­da­tion op­er­a­tions man­ager Han­nah Fitch-Rab­bitt said this year’s is­sue had been an im­por­tant one for them to fo­cus on.

“The Im­pact100 Fre­man­tle theme, Abo­rig­i­nal health and well­be­ing, was cho­sen to hon­our the 50th an­niver­sary of the 1967 ref­er­en­dum, the 25th an­niver­sary of the Mabo de­ci­sion and recog­nise that there is still a need to close the gap and achieve health equal­ity for Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Is­lan­der peo­ple,” she said.

“We cur­rently have a short­list of six in­cred­i­bly strong and var­ied or­gan­i­sa­tions, each with worth­while projects.

“The Fre­man­tle Ball is a uniquely Fre­man­tle cel­e­bra­tion of com­mu­nity spirit and there is some­thing in the evening for ev­ery­one – danc­ing, com­pet­i­tive bid­ding in the silent auc­tion, delicious food and drinks, and of course phi­lan­thropy.”

The Fre­man­tle Ball is on Au­gust 11 from 6pm at the Es­planade Ho­tel. Tick­ets are avail­able from www.fre­mantle­foun­da­­oball.

The Merindas will re­turn to this year’s Fre­man­tle Ball.

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