Preparing for the Southern Cross LADS Debutante Ball at the Lismore Workers Club tonight are Kadina High Year 11 students Chelsea Fort (front left), Shelby Parker (rear left), Rachael Costello and 19-year-old Nick Baker.
Preparing for the Southern Cross LADS Debutante Ball at the Lismore Workers Club tonight are Kadina High Year 11 students Chelsea Fort (front left), Shelby Parker (rear left), Rachael Costello and 19-year-old Nick Baker. Jay Cronan

Debutantes revel in the glitz

AT TONIGHT’S Southern Cross LADS Debutante Ball it won’t only be the debutantes’ white gowns which will be the talk of the town.

The black, blue, yellow and pink ties and cummerbunds worn by the debutantes’ partners will represent the memory of the four boys who died following the tragic motor vehicle crash on Broken Head Road in October 2006.

All proceeds from the ball will go towards Southern Cross LADS (Learn About Driving Skills) to build a driving education facility on the Northern Rivers.

For 16-year-old Kadina High student Rachael Costello, the event at the Lismore Workers Club is not just a great fundraiser.

“It’s a great excuse to get dressed up with the girls and see the boys in their suits,” she said.

More than 100 tickets have been sold to witness the 12 debutantes and their partners ‘presented to society’ and dance their hearts out.

There is a formal dance, a parent’s dance and two fun dances planned.

“When the girls started practising their dances eight weeks ago, they were clomping all around the place,” LADS event organiser Ann New said.

“Now they don’t clomp – they glide.”

The LADS organisation recently bought land for a driver education facility in Gundurimba Road, just outside of Lismore, to educate young drivers and help prevent a repeat of the Broken Head Road tragedy.

“There is no one in the area offering this sort of facility. It will service young drivers from Grafton to the Tweed,” Ms New, whose son Corey died in the crash, said.

The debutantes will be presented at 6.30pm.



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