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Grab your dancing shoes for the UC Nursing Society’s upcoming charity ball

Danielle Meddemmen

28 May 2021: If you’re looking to get dressed up and have a good time all for a good cause, then it’s time to get your tickets to the University of Canberra Nursing Society’s (UCNS) annual charity ball.

In its second official year, the ball will raise funds for Beryl Women Inc, a Canberra charity supporting women and children escaping domestic violence.

UCNS President and First Nations Student Representative Chrystale Langford said the society was excited to host its second official charity ball, after having to forfeit the 2020 event.

“Beryl Women Inc. was originally chosen as our supported charity for last year’s ball, but it was cancelled due to COVID-19,” she said.

“We wanted to stay true to our promise to Beryl Women Inc. and support the organisation for this year’s event.”

The UCNS is a student run body, and held its first charity ball in 2019, raising over $6,500 for Clare Holland House.

Former committee member, Jess Kerrigan championed the original event and was awarded the UC Lions Club Person of the Year Award, for her efforts developing, organising and reaching out to the community for the 2019 event.

This year’s black-tie event will include a two-course meal, a live auction, raffles, lucky door prizes and of course a DJ and dance floor.

Ms Langford encouraged people from all walks of life to join the fun, and let their hair down for the event.

“Everybody has been cooped up over the last 18 months so it’s a good excuse to dress up and have a good time, knowing that we can now do so safely,” she said.

“These events embed the nursing society and the University into the Canberra community and as nurses and future nurses, we want to be giving back in every way we can.”

Member for Murrumbidgee Emma Davidson will also be in attendance, speaking to attendees about her involvement and work with the charity.

Beryl Women Inc. helps to find safe housing, offers legal support and supplies clothing and goods to women and children escaping domestic violence situations.

The charity ball will be held in the Ann Harding Conference Centre, at 6:30pm on Saturday 5 June and tickets can be purchased online.