Charity ball promises a carnival of fun

Corry Brown, 9,left and Hayley Jeffrey right stand in front of the limo that will be used for the Greenstone Doors ...

Corry Brown, 9,left and Hayley Jeffrey right stand in front of the limo that will be used for the Greenstone Doors Charity Children's Ball. Inside the car are Maia McLaughlan, 8, left, and Maya McLay, 8.

Ballerinas, limos and pinball machines will all be dropping in at the Dowse Art Museum on July 21.

They'll be landing as part of the first ever fundraising ball for charity Greenstone Doors.

Organiser Hayley Jeffrey wanted to put on something spectacular to help the charity during leaner times.

"At the moment, it's looking a little month to month with Greenstone Doors."

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Greenstone Doors provides support for people in all matters related to pregnancy, whether that's providing baby clothes, supporting women with postnatal depression or lending a helping hand to teen mothers. The organisation is staffed mostly by volunteers.

Jeffrey  wanted to help and put her hand up to organise the first Charity Children's Ball, saying she had the "heart of an event planner".

There'll be a "funky" 1950s space travel theme and plenty of activities for younger ones, including face painting.

Since the start of this year, she's been planning the event and has had offers of help from all around the Hutt Valley.

"If you ask people, they're ready and willing to help," she said.

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Bean Auto Services is providing a limousine to add a touch of glamour to the evening, and ballerinas from Georgia Hofsteede Dance will provide  entertainment.

"A friend of mine who owns a pinball museum is coming along to DJ and he'll have a couple of machines there."

Another artist friend has been persuaded to join as a face painter and Jeffrey promised the evening would be a lot of fun.

She came to Greenstone Doors two years ago, when her son Jasper was born and found it a supportive, welcoming place.

"You get that support, especially if you are on your own."


Jeffrey has no set goal on how much she hopes to raise with the ball, just that it's a success.

"We're hoping it goes well because I have a hundred more ideas, bigger and better, for next year," she said.

* The ball takes place July 21 from 5pm to 6.30pm at the Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Rd. Tickets $20 for adults and children $2.50. For tickets  text 027 975 9991

 - Stuff

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