Angels get the ball rolling for new year

UNCERTAINTY on what to do for New Year's Eve in the past sparked a new project for Jane Diffey and her friends.

Working under special needs charity Clare's Angels, the group will throw a ball for the people of Dubbo to bring in the new year.

Proceeds from the New Year's Eve Angel Ball will go to Orana Early Childhood Intervention, a place very close to Mrs Diffey's heart.

Her daughter, the Clare of their charity's name, has the rare neurological regressive disorder Rett syndrome, and is assisted by the centre.

"They're instrumental in providing care for Dubbo and the western community and provide an inclusive therapy environment," she said.

"They empower you with the knowledge you need for your child, we're very lucky in Dubbo."

The group were busy in preparation for the ball at the weekend, selling raffle tickets going towards donated prizes.

"Even with the five of us (organising the event), it's turned out bigger - more than we could have anticipated," Mrs Diffey said.

"Companies like Gilpin Travel and Scolari Comerford have been so generous.

"The Dubbo and Narromine communities have been very helpful."

Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to families with children with special needs selected from the community by the committee of Clare's Angels.

The ball has been in the works since February; it will be held at Dubbo City Turf Club with plenty of entertainment from Green River.

Tickets are $150 and cover food, drinks and entertainment, with live and silent auctions to be interspersed with other activities.

A turnout of 400 would exceed the group's expectations, not least because of the chosen night.

"We did New Year's Eve deliberately because we're all there to one another, 'What are you doing for it?', and thought others would be the same," Mrs Diffey said.

katina.vangopoulos@ruralpress.com

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