Home and Away stars shine at Ability Ball

Ability Ball Bundaberg 2019
Amber Clarkson couldn't wait to meet Home and Away star Emily Weir (Mackenzie Booth) at the Ability Ball in Bundaberg.

The sold-out Community Lifestyle Support Ability Ball Bundaberg had guests smiling ear-to-ear as they met their favourite Home and Away stars.

Home and Away actors Sophie Dillman (Ziggy Astoni), Emily Weir (Mackenzie Booth) and Patrick O’Connor (Dean Thompson) attended the Ability Ball and were thrilled to be in the Bundaberg Region.

Robyn Johnson and her daughter Megan were ecstatic to rub shoulders with Sophie and said it was the third time they had been to an Ability Ball.

“We always have fun and enjoy ourselves here,” Robyn said.

Ability Ball Bundaberg 2019
Robyn Johnson and her daughter Megan Johnson were excited to meet Home and Away actor Sophie Dillman (Ziggy Astoni) at Ability Ball Bundaberg 2019.

Sophie said it was also her third time she’d been to the Ability Ball and it was always nice to return to her home state of Queensland.

“It’s incredible to be part of such an amazing organisation and a charity event like this,” Sophie said.

“I always enjoy coming back and I hope to come back next year and forever.

“I love seeing everyone that I have already met and seeing new friends – it’s just incredible and always so much fun!”

Bundaberg’s Amber Clarkson had been waiting all year to have her photo taken with Emily and said she was a big Home and Away fan.

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Grant Ray, Ashley Murray and Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey at the Bundaberg Ability Ball 2019.

Record crowd at Ability Ball Bundaberg 2019

Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was fantastic to see the record crowd of 550 people at the Ability Ball Bundaberg and it was a terrific evening.

“It’s a magnificent feel for the Bundaberg community and the name says it all,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“It’s great to see so many families and friends out tonight – it’s decked to the hilt and we are all having such a fun time.

“It’s a big credit to the Home and Away stars, just by having their attendance has brought joy to the faces of everyone who has attended.

“It’s not just the support from them to the Ability Ball but also the support they give Community Lifestyle Support and the Bundaberg community.”

Mayor Dempsey said the evening was all about fun.

Ashley Murray and his support worker Grant Ray were stoked to return to the Ability Ball for another year.

Ashley, 31, said he attended the Ability Ball last year and it was always a good night.

Grant works for Endeavour and is Ashley’s carer; he said the Ability Ball was an event they both looked forward to each year.

Ability Ball Bundaberg 2019
Jade Schneider, Jack Brunsdon, Sue Scott, Nicole Fox, Alice Brunsdon and Sky Sellers at the Ability Ball Bundaberg 2019.

Always a highlight on the calendar

Open Minds support worker Sue Scott attended with a group, including one of her clients Sky Sellers, and said everyone was having fun at the Ability Ball and it was a great event.

“Everyone is so excited – Sky was so excited – she was that excited on the bus and was yelling out and lost her voice,” Sue said.

“We have been working up to this for a few months – we really value having an event like this in Bundaberg.”

Community Lifestyle Support CEO Damien Tracey said it was the seventh annual ability ball and it was a sell-out event.

“It’s going fantastically well, a sell-out event again. We really have to pinch ourselves each year as it just keeps growing and growing,” Damien said.

“It’s more and more vibrant and more and more exciting.”

Damien addressed the packed Multiplex and said the organisation never thought they would be able to fill a venue so big.

He said the night was a fantastic opportunity to promote inclusion, collaboration, and friendship.

  • Previous report: Record number of ticket sales for Ability Ball


  1. Brilliant night. Its a real credit to the C.L.S. Events team. Home & Away stars were great talking to everyone and a million photos. From the opening with ‘Matt Farthing’ to the The Australia’s Favourite Sons band was great.
    Bundaberg little superstar ‘Hayley Wheeler’ Rapper was Amazing.
    What a Fantastic Event bringing all Abilities Together.

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