RLOA participants rock the dance floor at their white Christmas party

SINGING tunes, dancing to music hits and receiving gifts from Santa were only some of the highlights at Rural Lifestyle Options Australia’s White Christmas at The Centre on Friday.

Guests enjoyed a buffet-style dinner, a performance from A-Choired Taste and entertainment, including a karaoke machine, a photo booth and face painting.

Participants, family members and staff all joined in for a dance as musician David Barry sang songs ranging from hits by AC/DC, Johnny Cash and Bruno Mars to Christmas classics.

RLOA participants Angela Darragh and Kylie Yates took the stage to perform the song ‘I can sing a rainbow’.

The arrival of Santa in a Birnam Rural Fire Brigade truck with a bag of presents was a joyous sight for children and participants.

RLOA national marketing manager and Christmas Function Planning Committee chairperson Nicholas Power said the

“For the second year running the Christmas Function Planning Committee has met monthly in the lead up to Christmas to ensure we put on an event for the organisation that incorporates the ideas of family, participants and staff,” he said.

“We had a turn out of about 140 people this year and thanks to the efforts of the committee and staff, the night was a resounding success.”

Mr Power said RLOA’s commitment to the phrase ‘nothing about us, without us’ shun through when the Christmas committee was formed again to capture the needs and wants of the community.

Service manager Shane Ferguson said watching the participants have fun was a great way to end the year.

“The highlight of the night for me was watching the participants on the dance floor, dancing with David Barry,” he said.

Participant Angela Darragh, who was also part of the committee, said she was glad to see the event was a success.

“Everyone enjoyed the party, dancing and having fun,” she said.