Kim's the belle of the ball

AFTER a day of dress shopping, a visit to the beautician and more than an hour of getting her hair and make-up done, Kim Barlow was ready for the Scope See Me September Ball.

The Bendigo resident travelled with fellow Scope Bendigo Icon service user Tamati Poingdrestre and day care co-ordinator Deidre Chapman to the Crown Palladium Ball Room in Melbourne last night for the event.

Hair and make-up stylist Steph Truscott said Ms Barlow looked like a movie star as she was escorted to her modern-day carriage, a taxi.

The self-proclaimed “party animal” doesn’t let cerebral palsy get in the way of her having a good time.

“I’m very excited,” Ms Barlow said. 

“I love to go to parties.”

Andrew Daddo and Lauren Phillips hosted the annual event, which last year raised more than $150,000 to help people with disabilities achieve their dreams.

Rachael Leahcar from The Voice was the star performer of the night.

The ball also acted as the launch of Scope See Me September, a campaign to encourage people to “look beyond the disability and see the real person”.

The month-long campaign includes a young ambassadors conference and a charity walk. Mrs Chapman went last year and said it was a magical night.

“It’s amazing to see the people we support get so excited,” she said. 

“Seeing their faces when the celebrities come out, that’s the highlight.”

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