Cindy's had the time of her life

Adorned in a white sequinned dress, lace shoes, flowers in her hair and a satin clutch to complete the look, Cindy Pritchard looked every bit the princess when she recently made her debut at the ‘Love Is in the Air’ Ball.

The ball celebrates the lives and achievements of dancers with special needs.

Hosted by the Waltz-sing Matildas, a dance group run by parents and carers for people with intellectual disabilities, the event was originally suggested by families who wouldn’t have the chance to see their children marry.

To prepare for the special occasion, Cindy attended dance practice every Monday evening for eight weeks with some of her friends from CatholicCare’s Disability Support Accommodation.

Cindy has long loved dancing, and took great pride in attending the classes, particularly when given the opportunity to practise her curtsey!

Much to Cindy’s surprise, not only were her friends there to watch her make her debut, but two aunts flew from Queensland to take part in the festivities.

When it came time to appear centre stage at Wests City, Cindy was abuzz with excitement, even if a little nervous.

As she took her dance partner and long-time friend Cam’s hand for their first dance, Cindy’s face beamed with the most beautiful smile.

Cindy had a wonderful time dancing with her friends, and her dress swung perfectly in time with the music. 

The official proceedings were followed by a two-course meal, which Cindy had been looking forward to for some time.

I asked Cindy if she plans to continue dancing, to which she simply replied, ‘Yes.’ She said that it’s a great way to keep fit and is loads of fun.

Cindy continued, “My favourite part of the night was when I got to dance the waltz with my partner, Cam.

“I felt very beautiful in my dress and I loved having my hair and makeup done. The ball was so much fun.”

The team at CatholicCare is very proud of Cindy for achieving her goal of taking part in dance classes and making her debut, something she has always wanted to do. We can’t wait to see what is next in store for our resident princess!

Thank you to Kayla and Jake from Urban Empire Newcastle for completing Cindy’s princess look with their complimentary hair and makeup services.

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Lizzie Watkin

Lizzie is Team Leader Content for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

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