TWELVE couples are nervously counting down the sleeps to next week’s Glass Slipper Ball.
The couples have spent the past three months learning to dance all in the name of charity.
When they take to the dance floor at the All Seasons on October 5, it will be after countless hours spent working the dance floor with instructors Don and Clare Wood at Trocadero Ballroom.
Lisa and Martin Ruffell, Michelle and Craig Foxwell, Eddie and Maree Barkla, Derek and Carol de Vrieze, Anne and Paul Henshall, Cheryl and Ian Hardie, Peter and Kate Hyett, Keith and Karen Sutherland, Ken and Sharon Marchingo, John and Annie Mulder, David and Angela Lloyd and Jim Parkes and Nicole Ferrie will be judged Dancing with the Stars style.
They have taken up the challenge in the hope of helping to raise $100,000 for the Glass Slipper Fund.
Set up through The Community Foundation for Bendigo and Central Victoria, the fund will contribute to programs for young people in our community who are affected by mental health issues or homelessness or who have limited access to education.
City of Greater Bendigo mayor Lisa Ruffell chose to combine the 2013 mayoral ball with the event, and Ruffell’s Jewellers has donated a stunning diamond necklace to raffle on the night.
The foundation’s executive director Cheryl Hardie said she was overwhelmed with the support of the community and acknowledged the wisdom and support of Cr Ruffell in merging her mayoral ball with the glass slipper fundraiser to make it a great event.
“The commitment of the dancers has been extraordinary – they are excited, though a little nervous.
“I think there are some shenanigans being planned, bribes being orchestrated.
“We had some very serious facial expressions in the beginning and trip ups and false starts, but now everyone has a beaming smile and collectively we are doing great.’’
Mrs Hardie acknowledged the efforts of Don and Clare, who had given the “best and biggest’’ commitment of all.
“We sincerely thank them,’’ she said.
“We are also enjoying the Glass Slipper Ball buzz about town. Everyone I talk to seems to know about the ball.’’
Donations can be made at www.glassslipperball.com.au