Services combine for 000 ball

May 12, 2017

Shepparton fire station senior station officer Leigh Allan, Shepparton Search and Rescue secretary Nacole Standfield, Shepparton Police first constable Renee McClure, Search and Rescue's Alan Male, Connect GV CEO Carolynne Young, leading fire fighter Chris Bethell, paramedics Georgia Wong, Georgia Canning and Michaela Ryan.

The tables have turned with the region’s emergency services appealing to the community for its assistance.

The second annual 000 ball, which doubles as a fundraiser, is approaching and its organisers are appealing to the community for auction items.

‘‘It’s pretty much like the old police and fireman’s ball, except it’s not open to the public,’’ paramedic and organising committee member Georgia Wong said.

‘‘We’re running it in conjunction with each other to raise money for Connect GV.’’

The event was ran last year and managed to raise $4500 for Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation.

‘‘We raised the money through donations from businesses, which donated their goods, services and vouchers, then we ran a silent auction on the night,’’ Ms Wong said.

This year’s ball on July 1 will feature a presentation by the fundraiser’s organisation of choice, Connect GV.

‘‘Connect GV is utilised by so many people in our community and that’s why we decided to support them this year,’’ Ms Wong said,

‘‘It gives people with disabilities more options for employment and experiences in the community.’’

Ms Wong said anything anyone could donate for the silent auction would be more than appreciated.

‘‘We’ve got a few vouchers already and little items, so we’re looking for a big-ticket item to auction off on the night,’’ she said.

‘‘We’d love to get over $5000 for Connect GV, but the more we can get for them the better.’’

Ms Wong said the ball was an opportunity for the region’s police, search and rescue, paramedics and firemen to connect outside of work.

‘‘We always meet at accidents or something awful, so it’s nice to catch up in a good environment and raise a bit of money for a good cause at the same time,’’ she said.

Those who wish to donate items or services to the 000 ball’s silent auction can do so by visiting one of Shepparton’s emergency services headquarters or by emailing Ms Wong at georgia.wong@ambulance.

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