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Ball promises riot of a time

Thursday, 29th January, 2015

By Emily Roberts

The Emergency Services Ball is on again and organisers have received some big items for auction.

Since its inception, hundreds of people have kicked their heels up at the ball and contributed about $50,000 to Palliative Care and Silverlea Early Childhood Services.

One of the organisers, Police Sergeant Dave Gallagher, said about 15 tables have been booked for the ball which will be on February 14 - Valentine’s Day.

“We have sold 150 tickets already,” he said. “We have a number of items that will be auctioned off.

“One sought-after item is a decommissioned riot shield which has been painted by John Dynon.

“It has also been signed by Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann.”

Sgt Gallagher said Mr Dynon had donated a lot to the Emergency Services Balls over the years.

“John has been fantastic, as are all local artists when it comes to helping the Broken Hill community.”

Sgt Gallagher said other items for auction included helmets donated by the Fire Brigade.

The last ball was held in 2010 and this year police, ambulance, fire and the State Emergency Service are again on board, along with the BH Health Service.

As in previous years, organisers will get everything they need from local businesses and suppliers only, from the food to the live entertainment.

Sgt Gallagher said there was still plenty of room available.

“It’s a great event to take a loved one,” he said.

Tickets cost $65 per head and tables of 10 are available.

They can be booked by contacting Sgt Gallagher on 0429 466 431, Lesley on 0409 461 171 or Steve on 0419 606 182.

All proceeds go to local charities but only to those that spend their money in Broken Hill.

“We’ve had lots of charities calling us so we might choose a couple to donate to,” Sgt Gallagher said. 

“The Ball will be a good night out and a chance for the emergency services to see each other and members of the community.”

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