It’s like a story out of a fairytale: the princess arriving at the ball, walking down a red carpet in a flowing gown, and dancing the night away.
It’s a dream the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) are making reality for around 800 local clients and their families this September with the 2017 launch of Project Princess.
Now in its second year, Cristina Alvarez from from the foundation said the project gave people with disabilities the opportunity to dress up and enjoy a glamorous ball at Panthers Marquee.
“We are trying to get the community involved in helping us dress our clients for the ball in September,” she said. “A lot of our clients don’t generally get these opportunities. A lot don’t go to mainstream schools so they don’t get the opportunity to go to a formal or get to dress up like a prince or princess for the night.”
Lindsay MP Emma Husar has stepped in to support the project, and her office is now a collection point for the community to drop off glamorous second hand dresses, costume jewellery, hair pieces, suits, ties, and shoes suitable for a formal ball.
All items will be given to Afford clients, who come in to choose a suitable suit or dress and then have it fitted to them so it is just right on the night.
Ms Husar attended the inaugural event last year, saying it was a very emotional experience.
“I spent nearly the entire time very emotional to watch the joy around me,” she said. “I had an absolute ball at the ball, it’s one of the highlights of my time in office so far.
“This is allowing people with disabilities to be included and feel amazing, and I hope the local community steps up and provides some garments, accessories and services … so people can be pampered and made up and feel gorgeous.”
To donate items to the cause, drop into Ms Husar’s office at 331 High Street, Penrith.