Chance for the boys to have a ball

OH boy, are these photographs going to bring back belly laughs and mascara memories for some blokes around town.

It has been a few years between ill-fitting frocks, wigs and wags, but the Mock Deb Ball is back!

Emerald Men’s Health committee member Henry Cave believes a good dose of fun is just the tonic to help banish the blues, even if it’s just for one night.

“With all the floods and devastation that we’ve had here in the Central Highlands, we’re looking to put a bit of cheer back into people’s lives,” he said.

“People who have been here a number of years remember the previous Mock Deb Balls that raised money for the Make A Wish Foundation, and they’d remember what a hilarious night it was.

“It’s funny to see how men react when they get a dress on, and it’s surprising how when they are dressed up, people don’t recognise who they are.”

The idea is for men to nominate as dashing debs and fundraise $500 for men’s health, and to find a female partner to slip into a suit and dress up as the male escort.

“I think there is a lot of depression in the town with the devastation that’s happened and everyone needs a night out to look at the brighter side of life,” Mr Cave said.

“Everything is so serious at the moment in Queensland, everything is devastation. We really need some good news and maybe this is some sort of relief to have a night that is something different.”

The event will be held at the Emerald Town Hall on Saturday, April 9.

A picnic style light supper and entertainment are included in the $50 entry fee.

Tickets and nomination details are available by phoning Paula Gordon on 4982 4233 (extension 8) or by emailing

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