THE staff at Waminda Aboriginal Women’s Health Corporation are busy preparing for their inaugural Gala Ball Awards Night to be held in September.
For the first time, Waminda will hold a night dedicated to the unsung indigenous female heroes of the Shoalhaven.
According to one of the organisers, Waminda youth worker Angie Lonesborough, the night was developed to thank the community for its contributions.
“The ball is aimed at honouring, celebrating and inspiring all those who attend,” she said.
“We want to recognise the elderly and youths and acknowledge their efforts which often get missed.
“This could be contribution in any form – sport, community based or academic.
“We also have a list of nominated women and what they have done for the community, which we will pass on to the board of directors and they will select the two winners, a youth and an elder.”
Indigenous winner of Australian Idol Casey Donovan will be a guest speaker and performer on the night.
“Casey is a good example for young Koori girls in the Shoalhaven and I think her journey through the music industry from where she has come from will be really inspiring for all women,” Ms Lonesborough said.
“She will be giving a short speech as well as performing two 45-minute sets.”
Waminda has also sought support from a number of businesses, asking them to donate formal dresses for the evening.
“The dresses we have now come from Sydney and will be for our clients. Most of them aren’t in a financial position to go out and buy a new dress and that’s why we are asking dress shops to donate them,” she said.
“We have also received men’s shirts and gift packs and we are getting another box of dresses soon.”
The Waminda Gala Awards Night, to be held at Worrigee House on September 10, is a non-profit event open to the public.
Tickets are $40 and include a three-course meal. they can be purchased from Waminda at 77 Osborne Street, Nowra or phone 4421 7400.