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Gala Tickets on Sale!

Gala Tickets on Sale!

Shae Wissell, Founder and CEO of Dear Dyslexic, launches the first ever fundraising gala for adults with Dyslexia, never been done before in Australia. Get on board and be the first to support this wonderful event and foundation. Don’t leave it to the last minute and miss out, tickets are limited.

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Eventbrite - A Night of Hope Inaugural Gala 2018

Join us and help support people with dyslexia achieve their full potential.

Where:  Fenix, Richmond

When:  Friday 19 October, 7.30pm

Dress:  Cocktail

Tickets: $135 per person

The inaugural gala aims to unveil the hidden unspoken stories of dyslexia and raise much needed awareness and hope for those with dyslexia.

In addition, raise vital funds to support Dear Dyslexic in their efforts to provide professional and evidence-based support that can help people with dyslexia enjoy better mental health and happier connected lives. 


Host George M cEncroe, Shebah

George is a mother of a teenage son with dyslexia, a writer, teacher and comedian who developed the female only Rideshare App called Shebah and she says “the Dear Dyslexic Foundation is amazing because it sets them up to thrive,” and “it normalizes dyslexia so that my son and others can relate to experiences like their own and feel represented.”

“I truly believe in their ethical model of service and their excitement about destigmatizing dyslexia, and this is why I chose to support them,” advocates McEncroe.


Guest speaker Caitlin Iles, Capital xx

Caitlin is described by Sir Richard Branson as “a game-changer and force to be reckoned with.” She is experienced in venture capital, an angel investor, advisor to organisations, a serial entrepreneur and a passionate activist for women in business. She is also dyslexic.

Caitlin believes she “is living proof that the road to success doesn’t have to take a traditional path and that anything is possible if you are prepared to face your fears, work hard and refuse to give up.”

Caitlin is undoubtedly a powerhouse and we look forward to her sharing with us her road to success.

Guest Performer Ben Clark 

A 2018 finalist on Channel 9’s The Voice, opera and musical theatre star and member of the world-renowned vocal group The Ten Tenors.

Ben Clark, a VCA Music Theatre alum, was most recently seen on The Voice (2018). After turning all four of the judges’ chairs in his blind audition, Ben chose Delta Goodrem as his mentor and finished 5th overall.

Ben’s professional credits are extensive and range from a six year stint touring the world with the international touring group The Ten Tenors, to a soloist performance during the 2017 Ashes Series, performing You’re The Voice on Boxing Day at the MCG. Ben has also secured roles with Opera Australia and the Victorian Opera and has had the great privilege of performing with Marina Prior at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.

We are very excited to bring Ben to our gala stage for a memorable feature performance.

Award Recipient – Dr Nola Firth

Award Recipient – Dr Nola Firth, Honorary Research Fellow: The University of Melbourne and Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

We are delighted to announce that A Night of Hope Inaugural Gala will mark the outstanding contribution to the national dyslexia cause by presenting Dr Nola Firth with our industry award named in her honour the Dr Nola Firth Outstanding Contribution to Dyslexia in Australia Award.

Originally a secondary teacher, Dr. Firth became a special education consultant and a president of
Learning Difficulties Australia. She has over 30 years experience working with students who have
learning disabilities, their parents, teachers, and other professionals. Nola’s research concerns
development and trial of school-based resilience promoting programs and environments for those
who have dyslexia. Her journal articles and other publications have been published nationally and
internationally. She is also co-author of a handbook for teachers entitled ‘Success and Dyslexia’ (published by ACER). Throughout her career Nola has passionately advocated for increased recognition of dyslexia in Australia and informed support for the considerable number of Australians who are born with it. She is a Churchill Fellow, was a member of the National Dyslexia Working Party and a presenter at the national Dyslexia Roundtable in 2014.

Dr Firth said she “truly feels honoured to be given the award,” and that she is “especially pleased about its establishment because it will in the future acknowledge others working in the often overlooked field of dyslexia.” She added that “there has been some encouraging progress but much research and advocacy work still needs to be done.”

Our Supporters:

  • Shebah
  • Capital xx
  • Evolution in Leadership
  • Spectronics
  • TextHelp
  • Elite Roads
  • Blick Creative Industries
  •  Australian Children’s Author Jackie French
  • Author and Comedian Catherine Deveny
  • Children’s Author and Illustrator LJ Kidd
  • Fenix Events