Event goers frock up for a worthy cause

August 10, 2022

The evening gowns have been sent to the dry cleaners, the hangovers nursed, and the the red carpet rolled away as the dust settles on yet another hugely successful Unleash the Gwydir Black Dog Ball. Approximately 140 guests donned their best outfits and raised their bidding paddles high for the 12 competitive items on offer, raising $10,500 in the auction alone.

Event organisers Sarah Crump, Nikki Adams and Aimie Turnbull.

Organisers of the event, Sarah Crump, Nikki Rose and Aimie Turnbull created an unforgettable night, with a jam packed evening offering guests the opportunity to see Australia’s number one ventriloquist, Darren Carr.

While the event itself is over, the positive impact of the money raised will continue to do good in the community well into the future, with proceeds being earmarked for Bingara and Warialda Community Comfort Groups. In addition, funds will be allocated to programs that boost mental health and general health services in the Gwydir Shire.

Sarah Crump, Nikki Adams and Aimie Turnbull are the dynamic women behind the event, who despite very busy lives jugglling children, medical degrees, family farms and business, manage to deliver this spectaular bi-annual event. However, the humble trio say the evening would never have been made possible without the wonderful work and support of the community.

“We would like to acknowledge the tireless work of Chef and Molly Jones, Bingara CWA, Friends of Touriandi, Bingara Central School P&C, Bingara Lions Club and many individuals such as a Robbie Burge, Hugh Coulton, Brian Davis, Damien Crump, Lilly Hollow, Suzanne Hughes and Amy Evans who prepared meals, waitressed, washed, set the tables, ran the bar and many other tasks that come with organising a ball”, said organiser Nikki Rose.

“From our little committee a huge thanks must go to all of those volunteers for making the night magical and successful. It takes a community effort to pull a big event together, and we have a great one”, said organiser Sarah Crump.

“Being relatively new to the Shire, the night absolutely blew me away,” said organiser Aimie Turnbull. “It was seamless, successful and seriously good fun”.

The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit facility for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.