Mayra Laurie and Shaun Laurie at the Aboriginal Debutante Ball held at the South Ex-Servicemen’s Club on Friday night. ABOVE LEFT: Lydia Roberts and Van Carnley.PHOTOS: JOJO NEWBY
Mayra Laurie and Shaun Laurie at the Aboriginal Debutante Ball held at the South Ex-Servicemen’s Club on Friday night. ABOVE LEFT: Lydia Roberts and Van Carnley.PHOTOS: JOJO NEWBY

Young Aboriginals make their debut in stunning style

SIX weeks of training culminated in a night to remember on Friday when young Aboriginals from the local community donned their finest and took part in the first Aboriginal debutante ball.

About 50 young participants along with their families and friends converged on the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club for a night of dancing (formal and informal), great food and excellent company.

The sea of young couples looked resplendent in their gowns and suits as they were formally introduced before hitting the dance floor later in the night for a few traditional ballroom numbers in front of a crowd of proud family and friends

While the night was a blast for those involved, it also had very positive purpose.

Last week one of the organisers, Lana Mundine from the Bulgarr Ngaru Aboriginal Medical Centre, said the idea behind the ball - held as part of Youth Week - was to help build the confidence and self-esteem of local young people.

Organisers are now looking at making the Aboriginal Deb Ball an annual event.



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