A Very Special Ladies Lunch

March 22, 2024

On Friday 15 March, we served up A Very Special Ladies Lunch, raising a record-breaking $124,000 for children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

Guests indulged in beautiful views of the Yarra River at our new venue, Leonda by the Yarra, and had an exciting chance to win a 1ct pink Sapphire, to be set to custom piece, courtesy of Melbourne jeweller Tallulah.

Our MC Heidy Murphy, entertainers Miss Dee and Justin Hall and auctioneer Phil de Fegely kept the energy high, while our many in-kind supporters including Cupcake Queens, CM Liquor and so many others ensured the table prizes and auction items were in high demand.

A special thank you goes to our presenting partner Lowe Living for helping make the day possible and very special mum Mel, who generously shared her connection to Very Special Kids.

Mel is a mum to four children including 12-year-old, Wil, who has a CBL gene mutation and presents similarly to Noonan syndrome. And Elle, who had hypoplastic left heart syndrome and sadly died at 13 days old. Mel shared:

Very Special Kids have helped take me from the dark wardrobe, wanting to be swallowed by the world, to owning my grief.


I was so pleased to be asked to come today…to be able to be here today and to thank all of you for supporting Very Special Kids and in turn, supporting my family, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for allowing and supporting such an incredible place to operate.

You can watch more of Mel’s family story and others in the documentary, Live The Life You Please, here.

In 2025, A Very Special Ladies Lunch is set to be even bigger and better. If you missed out and would like to be notified about next year’s event, please email