Sec­ond chance to be debu­tante

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Sion­nie Kelly

White dresses and pretty cor­sages are be­ing utilised by Shep­par­ton South Ro­tary Club to help raise money for research into post trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

Shep­par­ton South Ro­tary Club is do­ing its bit to help raise $33 000 across one year by hold­ing a debu­tante ball tar­geted at women aged be­tween 16 and 25 who may not have had the chance to be debu­tantes.

Shep­par­ton South Ro­tary Club mem­ber and event or­gan­iser Ma­ree Geisler said research be­ing done into PTSD aimed to help re­turned de­fence per­son­nel who were liv­ing with the con­di­tion.

‘‘My son is in the army — that’s why it’s close to my heart,’’ Ms Geisler said.

Other Ro­tary groups in the dis­trict are also or­gan­is­ing their own fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives that have been in­spired by their part­ner­ship with the Re­turned Ser­vices League.

Ms Geisler said the club was hop­ing to find 10 cou­ples in­ter­ested in mak­ing their de­but and the ball would be held in Septem­ber.

‘‘It gives girls a chance to dress up, feel spe­cial for a night and it also gets fam­ily and friends to come to­gether and en­joy a night out,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve had so many girls say to me re­cently — be­cause I’m in­volved with St Bren­dan’s’ deb ball — ‘Oh jeez, I wish I had a chance to do my deb at school and I re­ally re­gret not do­ing it’.’’

Ms Geisler said this deb ball would give these young women the chance to make their de­but and have a won­der­ful night.

Hav­ing a ball: Shep­par­ton South Ro­tary Club mem­ber Ma­ree Geisler is ex­cited for the deb ball fundraiser. Here she is pic­tured with her daugh­ter’s debu­tante dress.

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