Charleville dances night away for RFDS

Chinchilla News - - BEST OF THE WEST - Molly Han­cock Molly.Han­cock@west­ern­starnews.com

WHAT once was a han­gar for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice plane was trans­formed into a mag­i­cal ball room for the an­nual RFDS ball.

More than 350 peo­ple from all over the south­west de­scended on Charleville to help raise money for the emer­gency ser­vice and dance the night away.

Part of the evening was an auc­tion where nu­mer­ous items helped raise roughly $35,000 for the RFDS, $15,000 more than any other year.

Ball or­gan­iser and RFDS flight nurse Court­ney Bylett said the ball was an­other grand suc­cess.

“Ev­ery­one looked smash­ing, the band was pump­ing and when I looked around at 1am it looked like ev­ery­one was hav­ing so much fun I couldn’t let the night end,” Ms Bylett said.

This year the State of Ori­gin jersey, do­nated by Sun­corp, re­ceived the high­est bid of the auc­tion, sell­ing for an im­pres­sive $3300 to Brad Steer.

While the RFDS ball will be tak­ing a break next year, do not fear be­cause the 000 Ball will be slid­ing into ev­ery­one’s cal­en­dar.

“The emer­gency ser­vices will be join­ing to­gether next year to host a 000 Ball in May,” Ms Bylett said.

PHOTO: MOLLY HAN­COCK

HAV­ING A BALL: Kis­stee Clark, April Smith and Lau­ren Bren­nan at this year’s RFDS Charleville Ball.

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