EVEN the most drab dress from your local op shop can be salvaged for a worthy cause, says a local head teacher.
This Saturday, Belmont High will host an Op Shop Ball to raise money for iPads and interactive whiteboards for its four special education classrooms.
This year there are 40 students in the special unit, and some rely on technology to communicate.
Belmont High School special unit head teacher Alison Sellers, who is also Variety The Children's Charity's Hunter region chairwoman, said she had single-handedly organised the ball and hoped to see a big turnout.
"Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in op shop clothing, no matter how ugly," Mrs Sellers said.
"It's a fun way of having an inexpensive night out."
The ball is open to staff, children, parents and the general public.
Finger food will be provided and there will be raffles and auctions on the night.
A third of the proceeds will go to Variety.
■ The Op Shop Ball is this Saturday, March 1, 6.30pm at Central Leagues Club Charlestown. To buy tickets, phone the school on 4945 0600. Cost is $45 a person.