Dancing duo’s promise fulfilled after 20 years
Millions of dollars in lost super
WHEN Dan and Nadine Roach step out at this month’s Dancing with the Mastars, it will be an event almost 20 years in the making.
Back in 1998, Nadine had just seen photos of her sister’s debutante ball, and realised a similar experience may have passed her by.
“I grew up in Darwin, where making your deb was not the done thing,” Nadine said.
“My family moved down to Victoria, but I stayed in Darwin, and Mum came up on holiday when I was 19 and showed me photos of my sister’s deb.
“I made Dan promise that if I ever got to do my deb, he would be my partner.”
At the time, the couple was out celebrating the fact Nadine had passed her driver’s licence test, and Nadine made sure Dan put his promise in writing – on a coaster from the pub.
His pledge reads: ‘I, Daniel Roach, agree and promise I will be Nadine’s partner when she makes her debut, signed D Roach, 25.6.98’.
“We’d been together a couple of years, but at that stage he probably never thought I’d keep it,” Nadine said.
When Nadine was asked to take part in Dancing with the Mastars, an adult debutante ball which raises funds and awareness for charity YMCA Open Doors, she called on the coaster as a bargaining chip.
“Dan knew I still had it, though he probably never really thought I’d use it, but when we had the chance to take part this year, I thought, ‘I’ve got this up my sleeve’,” Nadine said.
“I felt this was my opportunity to give back to charity, and when I remembered the coaster, I thought, ‘We’re going to do this’.
“I asked a group of friends to do it too, and they all said, ‘We’ll do it if Roachy does it’, so he knew the time had come.”
Nadine said she had been impressed by her husband’s performance on the dance floor during rehearsals for the November 25 event, which follows the format of a traditional debutante ball, with dancing and presentations.
“Dancing is really hard work – you have to remember the steps, and remember to look elegant, to smile, and to stand up straight,” Nadine said.
“We have never really danced together before, apart from our bridal waltz, when we didn’t do anything fancy, and Daniel is so much better than me – I’m really bad. “It’s ridiculous how good he is.” But Nadine said all the hard work was worth it, to support YMCA Open Doors, which assists local people in need to access programs and facilities at the Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre.
“It’s all about helping people,” she said.
“I had a friend benefit from Open Doors a few years ago, and it’s always been in the back of my mind and heart that I’d like to help.
“This charity is helping local people, people we work with, live next to, walk past in the street, people whose children go to school with our children.”
The couples involved in the event are practising together each Sunday, and Nadine said she and Dan had added a couple of extra ‘make-up’ classes with teacher Deb Ravida.
“Everyone is excited; I’m looking forward to having a good night with my mates,” she said.
Tickets for Dancing with the Mastars ($30 adults, $20 under 16s) are still available, and can be secured by contacting the Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre on 5722 1723. firstname.lastname@example.org @wangaratta_jewellers
THERE is almost $16 million in lost and unclaimed superannuation in the Rural City of Wangaratta.
As at June 30, 2017, super funds are holding $14.12 billion of lost super and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is holding a further $3.75 billion of unclaimed super.
The total includes $14,038,292 in 637 lost superannuation accounts and $1,998,301 in 2922 unclaimed accounts in the Rural City of Wangaratta.
This means there are 3559 accounts that have been lost or forgotten belonging to residents living in the rural city that can be claimed.
Areas with the highest value of lost and unclaimed super include Wangaratta ($9,212,201), Wangaratta South, Tarrawingee, Oxley and Milawa ($3,125,959), Boorhaman district ($1,411,409) and Greta and Glenrowan ($879,966).
The ATO has published details of unclaimed and lost super accounts for the first time to help people keep track of and find lost or unclaimed super.
Lost superannuation refers to super accounts held by super funds where they have lost contact with the fund member.
They become unclaimed super accounts after a period of time when they, by law, are transferred to the ATO to be protected from ongoing fees.
Super can be lost when people lose contact with their funds while changing jobs, relocating or forgetting to update their details.
ATO assistant commissioner, Debbie Rawlings, said the easiest way for people to monitor their superannuation is to use ATO online services via myGov.
People can also request direct claim or transfer paper forms by contacting their super fund or the ATO Super Helpline on 131 020.
For more information, visit www. ato.gov.au/checkyoursuper.
GOT IT IN WRITING: Dan Roach will live up to a long-time promise to wife Nadine, when the pair take part in this month’s Dancing with the Mastars, in support of YMCA Open Doors. PHOTO: Emma Hillier
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