Oh buoy: young pro­fes­sion­als set to have a ball

The Leader (Nelson) - - YOUR HEALTH - HAN­NAH BARTLETT

A group for young work­ing Nel­so­ni­ans is push­ing the boat out with its monthly events, so­cial gath­er­ings and flag­ship an­nual ball.

Nel­son Young Pro­fes­sional’s com­mit­tee mem­ber Brid­get McCormick said they had ex­pe­ri­enced ‘‘rapid growth’’ over the past 18 months.

‘‘Our monthly Fri­day drinks bring over 70 peo­ple into our lo­cally-owned pubs,’’ McCormick said.

The big event though is an­nual ball which this year will be held on Nel­son’s wa­ter­front, at The Boathouse.

‘‘We’re putting a lot of work and ef­fort into mak­ing it a big night for every­one. It’s a big op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to re­ally dress up. You don’t have many op­tions to go to a ball in Nel­son so it makes it pretty ex­cit­ing.’’

She said NYP ‘‘bridged a gap’’ for those who had left high school, but weren’t yet start­ing fam­i­lies - es­pe­cially those who were new to Nel­son.

‘‘Peo­ple who have come back to Nel­son af­ter be­ing away and all their friends are gone and they come back to a strange town... a lot of us who are on the com­mit­tee... we’re re­ally pas­sion­ate with the way NYP helped us to find friends and make con­nec­tions with peo­ple.’’

McCormick said they’d or­gan­ised a net­ball team, touch teams, as well as sem­i­nars and in­for­ma­tion evenings, and were al­ways aim­ing to pro­vide va­ri­ety for mem­bers.

She said this year’s ball would fol­low in the tra­di­tion of pre­vi­ous years, but with a few changes.

‘‘We’re not hav­ing a sit down meal, we’re hav­ing graz­ing ta­bles... we’ve got cool spot prizes, and we’ve got a re­ally cool venue, The Boathouse, that’s go­ing to be amaz­ing.’’

The band ‘‘Don’t Frett’’ will per­form at the event.

NYP also has a num­ber of other events com­ing up in­clud­ing an in­vest­ment sem­i­nar, vol­un­teer evening, sail­ing ad­ven­ture and Christ­mas func­tion. It holds monthly drinks, with this month’s planned for Septem­ber 22 at Sprig and Fern Hardy St.

The ‘‘All Aball’d’’ ball is spon­sored by My Tax and will be held at The Boathouse on Oc­to­ber 14. Tick­ets are on sale now - $90 for mem­bers and $110 for non mem­bers.

Mem­ber­ship to NYP costs $30 and peo­ple can sign up at www.nyp.co.nz.

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