Resilience; the courage to fall and rise

Dear Dyslexic Annual Gala, Friday 18 October 2019

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Every day, people who have dyslexia struggle with the daily challenges of life which can lead to disengagement and disconnection from their education, employment and relationships.

And everyday resilience holds them steady as they find the courage to fall and rise again and again.

By sharing stories of struggle, resilience and success, the Dear Dyslexic Foundation want to give young people and adults with dyslexia hope that they too can succeed and reach their full potential.

To raise awareness, vital funds and unveil these hidden stories of dyslexia our 2nd annual fundraising gala will be held on Friday, October 18, 2019.

Attend our gala and make a real impact

By attending our annual gala on Friday, October 18, your support will make a direct impact and contribution to the continued amazing work of the Dear Dyslexic Foundation.  

The funds raised by our 2018 Inaugural Gala directly enabled us to develop more support than ever, including:

  • the production of an additional 12 podcasts, with over 5,500 downloads internationally
  • Facilitated three higher education training workshops for teachers, disability workers, tutors and parents
  • Expert speaker at events in Melbourne, Gippsland and Brisbane
  • Reached and connected with over 10,000 people internationally through our website
  • Contributed to the redevelopment of our website

Our Guest Line Up

Meet our guest speaker

This year we are excited to have Jackie French AM as our guest speaker.  Jackie is an Australian author, historian, ecologist; 2014–15 Australian Children’ Laureate; and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year.

Many of Jackie’s books have sold millions of copies and won over 60 awards in Australia and internationally.

Jackie is also dyslexic and patron of literacy programmes across Australia with a wide and deep — if accidental — experience in learning differences and methods and their outcomes for students, as well as a passionate advocate for equal-opportunity education. Instead of hobbies she has: written over 200 books; built a house and power system; planted thousands of trees; eaten lunches with friends; read to her grandkids; tried to and her glasses and eaten dark chocolates and whatever fruit is in season.

Get social

Come and meet fellow dyslexics as well as industry people striving to create inclusive workplaces for those with dyslexia and listen to our wonderful guest speaker the acclaimed author and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year, Jackie French shares her lived experience of dyslexia.  

Celebrate and have fun

In addition to great food, fantastic music, guest speakers and awards presentation, there will be fabulous Silent Auction items as well as other great ways to get involved in fundraising.

So join us for a night of celebration, entertainment, fun and most importantly an opportunity to help us raise awareness and fundraise vital funds so that young adults with dyslexia can live happier, healthy and more connected lives.  

The important details

Friday 18 October 2019, 7:30pm – 11:30pm

  • Fenix Events, 80 Victoria St Richmond Vic
  • Cost: $155 per person includes Beer, wine, sparkling and soft drinks, incredibly delicious food including canapés, main meal and dessert
  • Dress: Cocktail
  • Parking available on-site (small fee)
  • If you want to book a table of 10 or for other enquiries please contact  [email protected]

A memorable evening to raise awareness and vital funds so people with dyslexia can gain access to support so they can live happier connected lives.


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