The Eastern Reporter first reported the Facebook post, shared by student services co-ordinator Abi Paterson and colleague Sophie Mathers, who started a ‘dress bank’ to help lessen the costs associated with the night.
Mrs Mathers said she and her colleague were hoping the call would bring up to 50 dresses for female students but were overwhelmed with the 600 now stored in the dress bank.
‘The response from the original call for ball dresses through the Eastern Reporter and Facebook was nothing short of phenomenal,’ Mrs Mathers said.
‘This has meant that the dresses, together with more than 300 suits, can now be offered to other schools where students may be unable to attend formal functions.’
Mrs Mathers said donations, including dresses, shoes, handbags and jewellery, were received from as far as Cairns, Sydney, Bendigo and Broome.
‘I want to thank everyone in the community, on behalf of the school, who donated everything from dresses to hair and makeup services on the day,’ she said.
‘Everyone’s generosity means that Balga SHS now has a fantastic resource that will benefit students for many years to come.’
In past years, the school’s Chaplain has paid for tickets for a couple of students and staff have loaned dresses.