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Valmar Valentine’s Ball

Michelle Bell, Rachael Jenkins, and Sharon Niikkula. For more photos see the Friday, February 24 edition of the Tumut and Adelong Times.

The Golf Club was transformed into a romantic wonderland last Friday for Valmar’s Valentines Ball.

As well as Valmar’s own clients in attendance, people travelled from disability services as far reaching as Canberra, Temora, Wagga, and Narrandera to dance the night away.

DJ assistant Tony Webb, who said he has over 4000 CDs, explained the ball’s appeal.

“You can see how great this disco is – people come all this way just for one night!

“To see them out there, dancing and enjoying themselves, it’s incredible. It brings a tear to your eye.

“I wouldn’t swap it for anything. If someone asked me to do it again tomorrow, I’d say, ‘let me tell the bar staff,’ and I’d do it.”

Mr Webb has attended many of the balls throughout Southern NSW, including those hosted in Canberra, where the venues were a bit more slick than he’s used to.

“I can see where our tax-payer dollars are going!” he said.

He has been working in recycling at Valmar for over 30 years, and said it is truly a special place.

“I would never leave this organisation – I’ve got so many friends here. There’s no way,” he said.

The program has been running for nearly 20 years, with several balls each year hosted by support services in different towns.

Attendees boogied down to classics and the latest hits, with Valmar CEO Hugh Packard behind the decks.