Inaugural ball raises $20K for Royal Flying Doctor Service
MORVEN may be a town of less than 200 - but that didn't stop the community from raising $20,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service at its first Winter Ball.
Saturday night's event was the first ball in Morven for more than a decade, and has been hailed as a resounding success.
"It was so much better than we could have ever imagined it, with just under 200 people there,” ball organiser Mary Josey said.
"We are still finalising the numbers, but at the moment we have counted $20,000 raised for the RFDS.
"We weren't expecting to raise so much money or to have as much support as we did; we are so grateful and surprised, and just can't believe it.”
The RFDS is a vital link for the town, which is why they were chosen as the ball's beneficiary.
"Because we are in the middle of nowhere, the RFDS has been used by so many locals; just this year we have had it used three times,” Ms Josey said.
"So it is definitely something that is special for all of the residents of Morven.
"They are so well respected and always do such a great job, so we are so happy to have raised these funds for the RFDS
"It is a very important charity for our area, and to have some representatives from the RFDS there on Saturday was really great.”
While Ms Josey and her team are still winding down from the extravaganza, she has confirmed they are already planning the next Morven ball.