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What we do?

We host a variety of fundraising experiences, including enriching gala dinners and luncheons focused around Mental and Physical Health, featuring engaging entertainment and inspiring speakers. Our events are highlighted by amazing auctions and opportunities to mingle with VIPS and hear inspiring stories. All funds raised go towards supporting our flagship event, the Festival of FUN, A special stadium event dedicated to providing enjoyable experiences and opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their family.

We Are A Not For Profit (NFP) Organisation 

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What is the Festival of FUN?
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ARHG Women's Luncheon fundraiser
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Festival of FUN 2022 Showreel
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Festival of FUN 2022 Showreel

This video is proudly brought to you by Mable! The Festival of FUN was created to unite everyone to celebrate people with a disability, with INCLUSION, ACCESSIBILITY, EQUALITY, LOVE and FUN. Inside the stadium, we created a family-friendly picnic blanket SINGALONG event for people with a disability, their friends, families and carers, which was extraordinary. Where we sang some of the best, most FUN songs to sing ever written. On the stage, we were entertained by multiple incredibly talented Queensland artists, with and without a disability. Four and a half hours of nonstop entertainment. The line-up included the Queen of Soul, Lisa Hunt, crooner extraordinaire Charlie Mitchell, the multi-talented Tim McCallum, Rock god Matt Stokes, powerhouse Mic on Wheels, Girl group SASS, soulful Alanah Stone, and some very special tributes to music icons Oliva Newton-John performed by the talented “Sharon Lee”, a fantastic tribute to Elvis Presley by “Brendon Chase” and our own version of the “Rat Pack” led by “Tim McCallum, Tony Dee and Charlie Mitchell” on the day… You just had to be there… all brought together by musical director Dean Harawira, and his 11-piece LIVE band made up of some of the finest musicians in Queensland. Rock legend “Mikey Webb” provided a stellar four-and-a-half hours of Auslan interpreting to deliver an MVP performance loved by all … It was complimented outside the stadium with a fully inclusive, accessible and interactive “Business Expo”, a “Try Me Sports Arena”, an “Art Hub”, and an “Animal and Reptile petting area”, to name some of the highlights. With multiple events inside and outside supporting The inaugural event, which was held at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast Australia (by the way, the staff at Cbus were so supportive and amazing all the way through, THANK YOU, team Cbus), the first Festival of FUN exceeded all expectations for all who attended or streamed the event online live. See you at the Festival of FUN 2023!

I applaud anyone that can help get behind this truly remarkable organisation and what they are aiming to do. If you are able then please do what you can to chip in and join something very special and help change the lives of people living with disability all over the country.

- Tristan Knowles

4 x Paralympian and OAM recipient 

David McFarland (Founder)

David is a dynamic leader and adept communicator, passionately advocating for accessibility. He is the driving force behind the ARHG Foundation and the Festival of FUN, recognized for his unwavering dedication to the disability community. His outstanding contributions have earned federal recognition, underscoring his commitment to raising funds for the Festival of FUN—a fully accessible, family-friendly event designed to unite people of all abilities. Through this mechanism, David is paving the way towards a future where accessibility ensures that no one is left in the shadows. Access to fun shouldn't be contingent on circumstances; happiness is a fundamental human need that transcends challenges.

Founder & CEO

DIRECTOR

Wayne Morris

A seasoned leader with an extensive background as CEO in banking, professional sports, and charitable sectors, now channels his expertise into serving on the boards of twelve community, charity, and church organizations, including five as chairman. Embracing the Foundation's mission, he is committed to fostering inclusive communities and enabling individuals to pursue and achieve their aspirations. 

Wayne Morris (Director)
Tige Simmons

Ex Wollongong Roller Hawk Tige is a proud and driven individual who has achieved success in his professional career as a digital marketing expert and on the basketball court as an elite wheelchair Paralympian.

 

In addition to winning Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals, Tige was honoured with the Order of Australia Medal for his significant contribution to sport and for inspiring and motivating others with disabilities to achieve their goals.

 

He is both inspiring and a great human being and honoured to join the ARHG family.

Director

Wayne Morris (Director)

THANKS TO OUR JUNE 2024 GALA DINNER EVENT PARTNERS

Partners of the June Gala Dinner

Our Location

We are based in Wollongong, NSW

and Gold Coast, QLD. 

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