UNDER COVER: Lower Clarence Relay for Life treasurer Neil Drummond and chairperson Lorraine Breust show of their collection of masks in readiness for the Masked Ball at the Yamba Bowling Club. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
UNDER COVER: Lower Clarence Relay for Life treasurer Neil Drummond and chairperson Lorraine Breust show of their collection of masks in readiness for the Masked Ball at the Yamba Bowling Club. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

Join the masked crusaders at Relay for Life ball

YOU can be bright and bold or dark and dangerous. You can even be feathery and sparkly.

As long as your mask fits, the Lower Clarence Relay for Life team wants you to be part of its charity ball.

The Masked Ball will be held at the Yamba Bowling Club on Saturday, June 14, and Lower Clarence Relay for Life chairwoman Lorraine Breust said the event was the perfect way for people to get behind the cause.

"The ball is the first major fundraising effort for the Relay for Life, which will be held at Yamba Public School in 2015 on March 14 and 15."

The masked ball, which was first held last year after the cancellation of the 2013 relay, raised $11,000 for the Cancer Council and the response was so positive they decided to turn it into an annual event.

"People just loved the event last year. Everyone commented how great the event was," Ms Breust said.

"Everyone loves getting dressed up in their finery for one of the few community balls."

The night will have entertainment provided by the Ford Brothers and a charity auction with mystery dinners and trips to bid on, but Ms Breust said the highlight would be seeing the wide array of masks people wore.

"We had all sorts of masks last year. Some people had quite colourful handmade ones, or others were quite ornate ones they had found," she said.

"The standout though was a Venetian-style mask with a long pointy noise that was just amazing."

The proceeds from the charity ball go directly to the Cancer Council to help the fight against cancer, and Ms Breust said it was something very close to many people in the area.

"With one-in-two men and one-in-three women diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, it is something that touches every family and every person," Ms Breust said.

"I think that's why the community is so giving when it comes to the Relay for Life - it is something they are very passionate about."

Tickets are available for the big night from the Yamba Bowling Club and there are even options for childcare available.



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