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Ex-street kid is off to see stars

MERRYLYN BRIDGE has come a long way from being a street kid in Brisbane.

Ms Bridge, 24, now a productive member of the Lismore community, won the Kids in Community Award's Against All Odds category in August.

Tomorrow she will travel to Sydney for the red carpet premiere of Baz Luhrmann's epic film Australia.

As part of her prize she will be accompanied to the premiere by award patrons, Rachel Ward and Brian Brown.

“It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Ms Bridge said.

“I am really looking forward to it.”

She will be wearing a full-length formal gown donated by Michael Gates, of Lismore Bridal.

Ms Bridge said she was hoping to meet the film's stars, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

She said she was proud to be representing Lismore and hoped that other young people might take some inspiration from her story.

“Something brilliant can happen to you,” she said.



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