Ball will be a masked marvel

LOCALS are being urged to don masks and have a ball to help patients struggling with motor neurone disease.

The MND Cornflower Masquerade Ball will be held at the Griffith Ex-Serviceman's Club on Friday, November 15 from 7pm.

But if tickets don't start selling fast, the fundraiser could be canned.

Griffith and District Motor Neurone Support Group president Wendy Simpkin said the aim of the ball was to raise much-needed funds and awareness.

"We've got 14 people in the Griffith region suffering from MND, which is considered a cluster," Mrs Simpkin said.

"We are not sure why there are so many. They range from the ages of 34 to 85 and the diagnosis period ranges from three to 15 years.

"We need people urgently to help us help our patients. That's why we are holding this ball.

"We try and help out with travel expenses, accommodation, pillow chairs, and portable commode chairs."

The cause holds a special place in Mrs Simpkin's heart, with close friend Tania Magoci currently battling the effects of MND.

"It's just a horrible, debilitating disease that has no cure," Mrs Simpkin said.

"This is our major fundraiser. I've got 250 tickets that I need to sell so I desperately need people to get behind it.

"Come and let your hair down and raise some much-needed awareness and funds for locals living with motor neurone disease.

The night will include entertainment by well-known performers Roy Calabria and Family Affair, Born2Dance studio, with special guest appearances by Pete Smith and Laura Panarello.

Betty Boo has come on board to support the event and will donate 20 per cent from the sale of all masks to the group.

Tickets can be purchased from the club.

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