A Magic Night by Phil Hayes-Brown
I witnessed some magic at our recent fundraiser, Dinner Under the Stars, when one of Wallara’s clients, Zac, performed a duet with Amalia, who came 4th in XFactor in 2016 when she was just 14. Amalia is now completing Year 12 and has a dream to sing for a career. Zac has autism and attends Wallara to build his work ready and life skills and his dream is to find a role in the media sector. Their collaboration of Beauty and the Beast was delightful and Zac said it was the best night of his life!
You can see Zac’s dream coming true –
Amalia was brilliant with Zac and it left everyone with an incredible feeling that always comes when we see inclusion at work.
These magic moments are what we strive for at Wallara and people like Amalia enable us to deliver them.
We are always pushing ourselves to do more, in fact one of our key values is to push the boundaries of what is possible. We often wonder why we don’t hear more positive stories like these in the media because these are the moments that bring out the best in us all.
We are fortunate at Wallara to have many partnerships with organisations like The Saints AFL Club, Ventura and Monash Uni where our clients get amazing and inclusive opportunities that enrich their lives and at the same time enrich the community. When we come together like Zac and Amalia did that night, it is always powerful. It showcases the best in everyone and it inspires anyone present to be better.
A huge thanks to Amalia and Zac for reminding us all how we can be better together.
As a not for profit ‘Dinner Under The Stars’ is our major annual fundraiser and it was held at Sages Cottage farm on the Mornington Peninsula which Wallara purchased in 2016. The 38 acre farm property enables about 30 young people with low level disabilities to build their work and general life skills in horticulture, hospitality and farm management. The clients team up with Support Coaches and volunteers and are increasingly taking over all aspects of operating the farm.
The farm’s mission is to be Australia’s most inclusive farm in Australia and inspire others to think about inclusion differently.