MEMBERS of the Turkish Delights Belly Dancing Troupe entertain the crowd at the Pink and Black Masked Ball and Auction.
MEMBERS of the Turkish Delights Belly Dancing Troupe entertain the crowd at the Pink and Black Masked Ball and Auction.

Belly laugh best

By JULIA ILES

PINK champagne was the drink of choice at Saturday night's Pink and Black Masked Ball and auction.

It was held at the Maclean and District Bowling Club and attracted people from throughout the Valley.

"Around 300 people attended and it was just wonderful," said Bronwyn Sutton, an organiser of the event.

A highlight was a performance by members of the Turkish Delights Belly Dancing Troupe. Three of the five dancers are survivors of breast cancer, including Ms Sutton.

"Local blokes got up to belly dance as well. They were really funny and called themselves the Beer Belly Boys. They were Peter Hamilton, Greg Ward, Roger Maclean, Ken Ford and Alan 'Fatty' Ford," Ms Sutton said.

At the auction a feature was an art piece made up of black and pink masks which sold for $350 to the Clarence Valley Council and will hang in the civic library. $9000 was raised from the night which went to the Clarence Valley Dragons Abreast Club and the Yamba Breast Awareness program.

The Dragons Abreast Club is aiming to raise enough money to buy a dragon boat.

Eighteen women who are survivors of breast cancer have joined together and are hoping to form a dragon boat team.

Dragon boat racing assists with preventing lyphoedema, a condition that is irreversible and often occurs after breast cancer.



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