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Uniting residents dance the night away at Annual Ball

Every year Uniting residents, clients, family members and staff get together for an evening of entertainment and dancing to celebrate New South Wales Seniors Week.

Uniting residents, clients, family members and staff danced the night away at the organisation's Annual Ball (Source: Uniting)
Uniting residents, clients, family members and staff danced the night away at the organisation's Annual Ball (Source: Uniting)

Over the years the Uniting Annual Ball has grown from a small function to a grand event with 900 attendees. 

Celebrating 21 years, this years Annual Ball had the theme ‘A Lifetime of Musicals’.    

“The first ball was organised 21 years ago,” says Renee England, Head of Residential Operations Residential and Health Care Sydney South East at Uniting.

“Over these 21 years the ball has continued to grow from a small function held at one of our services in Leichardt hosting 80 people to now being a grand Uniting event always celebrating and acknowledging senior’s week each year at the Horden Pavilion with over 900 guests in attendance this year.”

People travelled from all over the region to attend, including from Uniting homes in Orange, Nowra, South Coast, Springwood and Hunter region.

“It truly is a Uniting ball,” Ms England adds. 

“It was amazing to see so many dressed up and happy to participate and party on the night.”

The event is an opportunity for family and staff described to interact and socialise in a relationship outside of the carers role. And leading up to the event residents, clients and family members are involved in activities in preparation of the night. 

“We had a group of residents join a performing arts group led by one of our staff Christine Kelly. They blew us away with their talent,” Ms England says.

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