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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Mai-Wel celebrates 60 years with the most inclusive Gala Ball in town

Mai-Wel has led the way in providing opportunities and support for people living with disabilities since 1960. This year marks 60 years in the industry for Mai-Wel and as a happy coincidence, this milestone coincides with another anniversary, their 10th annual Gala Ball.

Lynne Graham has been Mai-Wel’s CEO since late 2018 and is a passionate champion of Mai-Wel’s history of supporting people living with disabilities.

“Mai-Wel’s dedication to those living with disability is not limited to their employment and lifestyle activities and goals,” she said.

“The provision of supports to those living in their own homes, or in one of Mai-Wel’s many purpose-built homes ensures that people with disability are supported in whichever way they need, to live the life they choose.”

The establishment of Mai-Wel Enterprises (formerly known as Mai-Wel Industries) in 1972 was the birth of their Australian Disability Enterprise. The organisation now proudly employs 88 supported employees with disabilities.

“Mai-Wel Enterprises has provided employment opportunities for many people with disabilities over the years and we are now morphing this service in line with NDIS funding. Our vision is to be an employment site that offers work experience, pre-employment skills training, traineeships, employment, and transitional employment,” Lynne said.

“Mai-Wel is also one of the largest employers in the Maitland and local area.”

The Hill, Mai-Wel’s purpose-built centre in Telarah is another community lifeline.

“This facility was purpose-built specifically for people requiring high intensive support and is now equipped with a brand new dedicated sensory garden and two sensory rooms for participants to experience all the senses.”

Mai-Wel’s Creative Arts program has received active community engagement, offering people living with a disability a platform to shine.

“Showcasing their creative talents in art, music and production through live music events and exhibitions,’

“Participants have also been able to be included in some truly memorable installations across the community.”

To celebrate the milestone of 60 years supporting the community, Mai-Wel is making this year’s Gala Ball the most inclusive yet.

“Any and all members of our community are welcome to attend,” Lynne said.

“We have ensured inclusivity by offering a reduced ticket price for people with disability and their support to attend.

“Included in your ticket are all of your drinks, a three-course meal, fantastic entertainment and some great prizes to be won. I feel that of all the years we have held our annual Gala Ball, this one is not to be missed.”

The Gala Ball will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. The event will kick off with a pre-party with canapes and acoustic music. This will be followed by the more formal part of the Ball where Liv Phyland will be the MC.

There will be a great showcase of local live acts and a bunch of fundraising activities, with some pretty great prizes as incentive to splash your cash.

The long and the short of it is that it’s going to be a fabulous party!

Also, any funds raised on the night will be allocated towards the upgrade and development of recreational spaces within Mai-Wel’s homes and facilities. To make sure you are a part of this fabulous event and to contribute to the fundraising, check out the info below and grab yourself a ticket.


General Admission tickets: $185.00 (inc GST).
A portion of this ticket price will be allocated to subsidise ticket costs for people with disability and their support worker/person.

Subsidised tickets: $50.00 (inc GST).
Available only to people with disability and their support worker/person. If you are an NDIS participant and would like to purchase a ticket for yourself and your support person or Support Worker, please use the button on the right for more information.