THE chance to attend a ball offers the opportunity to dress up, meet people and have fun.
But the upcoming Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) Refugee Ball will also be a chance to raise funds for a worthwhile local program.
All proceeds from the ball will go towards the STARTTS' School Liaison Program to help young refugees and the schools who work with them.
The ball also raises awareness of the work that STARTTS does to assist refugees who have survived torture and trauma.
Public affairs co-ordinator Richard Walker said there were more than 6000 children and young people from refugee backgrounds in NSW schools.
"So funds at this ball are critical to the ongoing implementation and expansion of our much-needed school programs," he said.
Head of the School Liaison Program, Max Schneider, said the program supported young people from refugee backgrounds resettling in NSW through specialist consultancy and support to the education system, school communities and student welfare staff working with refugee students.
"We provide resources and support to schools so they continue to be places where refugee students feel safe and are able to heal from their traumatic experiences," he said.
Mr Schneider said another element of the program involved working with the Department of Education to deliver training on refugee trauma to all public school counsellors in south-western Sydney.
Staff also produce a quarterly electronic magazine called Hints for Healing.
The annual STARTTS Refugee Ball, which costs $150 a person, will be on Wednesday, October 9 from 7pm to midnight at Dockside, Balcony Level, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney and includes a three-course meal.
Guests at the ball will include politicians, community leaders, academics, advocates, corporates, refugees and other STARTTS supporters.
There will be inspirational guest speakers, performances from refugee groups and a Latino band.
RSVP by October 2.
Details: Visit www.startts.org.au or email@example.com.