Dance and be merry, in the name of Dolly’s Dream

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A GALA ball aimed at spread­ing kind­ness and re­duc­ing the stigma of men­tal ill­ness will also raise money for Dolly’s Dream to help cre­ate pos­i­tive change in the lives of young peo­ple.

Dolly’s Dream is a char­ity es­tab­lished by fam­ily and friends of Dolly Everett, a 14-year-old North­ern Ter­ri­tory girl who took her own life af­ter be­ing bul­lied on­line.

“The ball is about spread­ing kind­ness,” com­mit­tee mem­ber Katie Gar­butt said. “There’s so much bul­ly­ing and peo­ple tear­ing oth­ers down in to­day’s world, so we want a night to build up the com­mu­nity and bring back some pos­i­tiv­ity.”

A Roma lo­cal and fam­ily friend of the Everett fam­ily, Tracey O’Brien, was in­spired to run the Danc­ing Un­der the Stars Black Tie Ball to pro­vide sup­port, fundrais­ing and pro­mo­tion to the anti-bul­ly­ing cam­paign.

Last year’s in­au­gu­ral ball raised more than $17,000 for Dolly’s Dream.

“The sup­port from lo­cal busi­nesses has been fan­tas­tic this year and we’re so grate­ful to Enzed for be­ing our gold spon­sor, as well as Roma Tyre Barn, San­tos, Ray­ham En­gi­neer­ing, Hay­mans Elec­tri­cal, Banks Bolts & Fas­ten­ers and Ra­di­ance Beauty,” Mrs Gar­bett said.

This year, guests will en­joy live en­ter­tain­ment by tal­ented singer Chev Wil­son and spe­cial guest speak­ers Dan and Ed from Trade-Mutt.

“They’ll be speaking about their per­sonal jour­neys with men­tal ill­ness and break­ing down the stigma of men­tal health, specif­i­cally around men,” Mrs Gar­bett said.

“They’ll be wear­ing Hawai­ian shirts to bring some colour to the night and en­cour­age all the men at­tend­ing to wear one un­der their tuxe­dos in sup­port too.”

Tick­ets are $80 from Angli­care or on­line at www.try­book­ing.com.

Where: Roma Cul­tural Cen­tre.

When: Satur­day, July 13, from 6pm.

PHOTO: MAR­GUERITE CUD­DIHY

FROCK UP: Natalie Repetto, Sarah Clear, Mar­garet Lyons and Kim­ber­ley Col­lett at last year’s Danc­ing Un­der the Stars ball.

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