Fundraising Events

Garden Fundraisers in Glenburn and Kinkora Road

Our thanks to everyone who made L4Life’s two fundraisers at Glenburn (November 11/12) and Kinkora Road (November 18/19) so successful! Lots of people helped and approximately 1,500 people attended. With everyone’s assistance, we raised $15,000 to help children with Autism access crucial early intervention therapy.

Special thanks to Kids in Philanthropy, Glenferrie Gourmet Meats, Mario’s Coffee Ivanhoe, MLC musicians and Therese/Ciara McCoppin for music, garden owners (Sampson/Hale and Cator families), a multitude of bakers and produce makers, Christen’s Gingerbread, raffle support (Dunn family, Working Dog), the volunteers for kitchen/gate/stall/sausage sizzle/raffle duties, Neangar and Purtill nurseries in Bendigo for plants and the Blue Dog Glass group/Boggy Creek Studio. We ended the campaign with Anna Dunn running an MLC twilight market stall, going that extra mile to sell the goods so many worked hard to donate for L4Life kids and families. This event really demonstrated the L4Life Village’s strength and talents.

2017 Kwiz for Kidz 

Nine years on and still going strong!

Kwiz for the Kidz 2017 was our 9th trivia night and one to remember!

We started off with the L4Life quartet (Ciara, Therese, Jean and Cath) playing us in. Mary Muirhead (Director) and Tom Gleisner (Patron) welcomed everyone and then the trivia was on! Round One was led by the quartet who played the clues.

Our Markers (pictured Jeff, Mandy, Jen and Billy) have been our loyal tally officials since the beginning! Our thanks to the Working Dog team: Tom, Jane Kennedy, Rob Sitch and Santo Cilauro for being Co-Kwiz masters. Jane led a fun segment called ‘Sing the Last Line of the Song’ that  all 20 tables got right into. Our auctions were sensational. Rob and Tom did the live auction which raised $10,700. The raffle and silent auction also took off. Our final tally is a Kwiz record of $30,600!

Our wonderful L4Life Mum, Carly, quieted the room with a detailed account of her experience with her little boy who is doing early intensive behavioural intervention with L4Life. She shared a very honest reality of facing a diagnosis of Autism then getting on with learning everything you can and choosing a therapy pathway to suit your family and child. Carly really helped connect our families to our supporters and we thank her for her bravery.

Our last Kwiz round was conducted by our very faithful minstrel, Lindsay Field, who played clues for an all-Aussie musical round and then sang us out whilst the markers tallied the scores. Our jubilant winners were treated with a bottle of ShadowFax wine and a very special print of a painting by Charlie, one of our L4Life graduates.

Thanks to the Richmond Football Club for helping make everything run so smoothly (Go Tigers!) and a huge thanks to Cones, Hawthorn for supplying the ice cream, which they have done since our very first Kwiz for Kidz back in 2008. Also, a huge thank you to Sue O’Shea who helped put all the auctions together, and to our L4Life Volunteers Annie, Rashmee, Natalia and Ciara.

Check out the great time we had!

Record Support for L4Life’s 2017 Run Melbourne Team! 

6km team with Hamish Blake

On Sunday 30th July we had 35 participants in Team L4Life 2017 for Run Melbourne, a record number! We had a brilliant day bringing our community together to spread awareness about L4Life’s work and to fundraise. We would like to say a hearty thank you to all who took part, both participants and donors!

We are so thrilled to announce that we surpassed our team target of $20,000!

We had the pleasure of Tom Gleisner (Quiz Master Extraordinaire of Have You Been Paying Attention and L4Life Patron) and Hamish Blake (from Hamish and Andy) joining us. Tom ran the 10km event with 5 other fit and enthusiastic runners. Hamish joined the 6km team and entertained all around him. We thank Tom and Hamish so much for their support and giving up their Sunday for families at L4Life.

Thanks to all our wonderful participants and donors. It was a very successful Run this year and you should all be very proud of the results. Go Team L4Life 2017!

April 2017 – Autism AbiliTEA

Nice AbiliTEA shot

We did it! April is now over, and with it, our inaugural Autism AbiliTEA campaign to mark Autism Awareness month.

We are so grateful to all who supported this new initiative. We wanted to focus on skills that children learn in our intensive early intervention (ABA) programs at L4Life that lead to other abilities later in life. Learning how to follow instructions, imitate, communicate, be more independent, interact and play with others and with imagination give kids necessary tools for school, playdates, sports/hobbies, and so much more, throughout their whole lives. Skills for life and learning for life help the kids in our programs reach their potential. Our AbiliTEA fundraising campaign enabled  more children to access these programs for families who would otherwise not be able to afford them.

The AbiliTEA campaign was launched with a lovely morning tea at Café Blac. Throughout April, a total of eight AbiliTEAs occurred, generously initiated by  Susanne West (Scott, Charlie, Nate and Foundation House – Sue did two!), Addie De Nittis (Spectrum Personal Fitness), Melanie Larkey, Mary Brest, Natasha Kapoor (Telstra) and David Favretto (from Global X Solutions). Annabelle Hale hosted an innovative virtual AbiliTEA online. Our thanks to them, their guests and the L4Life parents too who shared their stories and made the campaign come to life.

To further help us mark Autism Awareness month, the Verrios family held a market stall at the Camberwell market on Easter Sunday!

Through this campaign, we also introduced our brand new L4Life mugs and L4Life greeting cards. These cards are designed by our very own L4Life graduates, Charlie and Michael. The cards were a hit, and are now sold out (we will be ordering more soon).

Check out all the photos from the events on Facebook

Watch our lovely Autism AbiliTEA video below.

And thank you again for helping L4Life kids have a place at the table …

 Our Biennial Ball on Friday, 25 November, 2016


Thanks to all those who came and celebrated our wonderful L4Life community at our High Society Ball on Friday, 25 November 2016. It was a very special night and many noted a lot of love in the room. The stage was set for our Ball theme with an exquisite floral display and nostalgic scene in the foyer reminiscent of the 1950’s silver screen with the movie icons themselves, Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm there to greet the guests!

There were drinks and canapes and soothing jazz sounds to open the evening from the band, The Club. After browsing the auction items and activities for the night, guests were ushered down into the Ballroom.

A big thank you to Panache flowers in Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn for providing our floral table centrepieces. They looked amazing, the gorgeous garden roses matching the old fashioned theme.

Tom Gleisner MC (Patron) welcomed the guests who were then treated to a showcase of Ballroom dancing by Holly Moreton and Daniel Guthrie, a talented couple about to compete at the Australian Dancesport Championships. Leonda by the Yarra supportedour Ball and were the perfect venue, serving a sumptuous three-course meal. The service was great and every detail attended to. After the main course the band, The Club, moved from jazz to more upbeat dance numbers. Everyone loved them. They were great musicians: vibrant, energetic, classy and chic.

About L4Life Fundraising Events

Who says fundraising can’t be fun? At L4Life, we believe that laughter and warmth are essential to a terrific fundraising event. In addition to our balls, these events have included:

  • A Footy Night with an Alpha Romeo raffle (hosted by the Triple M Hot Breakfast Team)
  • Food for Life panels (including top Melbourne chefs and academics on nutrition, food intolerance and body image issues)
  • Kwiz for Kidz Trivia Nights (hosted by Rockwiz legend Brian Nankervis, and comedians Sam Pang and Tom Gleisner)

Within our fundraising efforts, we are grateful to many individuals who participate in activities like Run Melbourne, City to Sea and Tough Mudder, and undertake their own events like garage sales and sausage sizzles, on our behalf.

To see more about the many people who contribute to L4Life’s fundraising efforts, please watch our Celebration of Giving video.

Want to join us? You can stay informed about all upcoming events by subscribing to our newsletter in the footer of this website. Alternatively, you can check back to this page.

Everyone is welcome!

‘I never cease to be overwhelmed by the hardworking team at Learning for Life. The reason I am happy to be involved with this charity is that I witnessed firsthand a child going through an ABA program and being able to go to the local school and successfully completing a VCE with excellent results. Learning for Life has given this family and many others with autism love, empathy and hope for their child’s future. To be involved in a charity where I know exactly what extraordinary results can be obtained and where the money is being spent, is a truly rewarding experience that I am honoured to be a part of!’ 

— Anna Dunn, L4Life Volunteer since 2004

‘I was initially motivated to volunteer my time to helping out at L4Life when I attended my first ball about four or five years ago. My good friends have a son who benefitted enormously from L4Life and I could see what an amazing difference the organisation had on their life. It has now had a big impact on my life too working with Mary and the amazing team who are so passionate and dedicated to helping others.’

 — Georgia Phillips, Client Services Director at Luma Research, L4Life Volunteer 

L4Life Executive Officer Melanie Larkey, Grants & Marketing Communications Coordinator Christine Darcas, L4Life Co-Patron and Co-Founder Dr Amanda Sampson, and Ball Committee Volunteer Wendy Cooper at the Heroes and Legends Ball.

L4Life Treasurer/Board Member Melanie Larkey, Grants & Marketing Communications Coordinator Christine Darcas, L4Life Co-Patron and Co-Founder Dr Amanda Sampson, and Ball Committee Volunteer Wendy Cooper at the Heroes and Legends Ball in 2012.