This year’s Darwin Star Ball was held on 18 May at the Darwin Convention Centre. What a special night it was to celebrate the dedicated efforts of volunteers who devote their time and energy in bringing a smile to the faces of young lives who are seriously ill.
The generosity of the local Darwin community was also plain to see with many donated gifts that were put up for a silent auction as well as major sponsors donating substantial products and services for the live auction.
Photographing the event was an absolute privilege as I got to learn about the efforts of the Starlight Foundation in Darwin as well as the how local businesses and organisations and individuals are making a difference to young lives.
My utmost respect goes to the volunteers who spend their free time along side young children to bring smiles to their faces, being their one constant friend or familiar face in tough changing situations. I was able to appreciate these heroes more upon learning about how some children have to leave community to seek treatment in hospitals and how volunteers assuming the role of Captain Starlight visit these kids to bring smiles and positive energy during their treatment.
The Darwin Star Ball was so well planned and carried out and I was happy to be able to volunteer my services as a photographer for such a worthy cause. Unfortunately, the early dry season chill disappeared a few days prior leaving men in suits waiting to escape the humid outdoor conditions by retreating into Darwin Convention Centre for the cool relief of air-conditioning.
I must say that it was fashion galore with women and men alike, turning up in their best dress lighting up the Waterfront area and drawing the attention of keen passersby who are very rarely treated to such an array of astounding apparel.
Photographing the Darwin Star Ball was a challenging affair with a concoction of lights dazzling the ballroom. My mettle was put to the test when the ever awesome Justice Crew appeared on stage pulling off their usual action-packed performances filled with acrobatic somersaults and well choreographed hip-hop steps that sent the bevy of well-dressed ladies into a frenzy.
To top things off, the Havana Nights theme was reinforced by the amazing performances of the Salsa Kingz who let rip familiar tunes such as La Bamba and Livin La Vida Loca.
Finally, a great job by Alice Burton and Karl Secondis for their roles as Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer respectively. I don’t think I have ever heard someone speak this fast Karl!
Hope you like the photos from the amazing evening.