The Gift of Fun

By Emma Devlin

How the money raised will make a difference?

Help Challenge Deliver More Smiles!

Quality of life is so important and nothing brings this to the forefront of one’s mind like being smacked in the face with a cancer diagnosis.

At a time of high stress, information overload and coming to terms with the “new normal” of daily life as a parent of a sick child, we need to make the most of the time we have with our children because who knows how many weeks/months/years we have left? This realisation comes at a time when you are struggling with the weariness associated with managing medication, sleepless bedside vigils, procedures, and appointments, all whilst trying to carry out coherent conversations with medical professionals and keeping our child safe by advocating every step of the way. And then you remember your other children and guilt threatens to overwhelm you. This is a time when you feel lost at sea, struggling to keep your heads above water.  

This is when Challenge steps in - a charity that supports children and their families living with cancer.

In the most genuine and un-intrusive way, they bring the FUN!  

“Hey Noah, I’ve got some AFL players coming into the hospital, do you feel like saying ‘hello’?”

Challenge brings AFL stars, NBA legends, PlayStation games, coffee runs for parents, meet-and-greet afternoon teas and Mother’s Day luncheons. The list is endless!

And when treatment ends, Challenge is still there. You are welcomed into the Challenge 'family' for as long as you need them. A lot of families have been with Challenge for many years.

Challenge looks after the whole family unit. They organise mums’ retreats, dads’ weekends away, couples date nights, family AFL and concert tickets, kids’ camps and slumber parties, and more! Audrey and her friend recently attended a slumber party which she still raves about - “Mum, they had this giant claw machine filled with all the best toys, not the crappy ones, and guess what? It’s free, and you actually WIN the prizes!”

It’s hard to describe the magic of the people who work at Challenge, but I’ll try;

They are quiet, efficient, and genuinely the good people of this world who make great things happen.  Without any fuss or fanfare, they bring the FUN!  They look after the well-being of families facing cancer.  Parents are really stressed, exhausted and guilt-ridden, as they watch their strong and resilient children, wishing they could do more for them.  Challenge recognises this dynamic and works tirelessly to help every family member with their needs.  They embrace a child’s ability to live-in-the-moment and recognise a parent’s need to rest and recharge.  They know what is needed and go about arranging it.

I’ve accumulated 40 years of stuff in my life, most of which I don’t need. Gifts are unnecessary. This party is to say "thank you" to all of you.  You are amazing, generous, inspiring people who have already given so much. However, if you feel so inclined, donating to Challenge would mean the world to me.

Thank you and lots of love. 









Thank you to my Sponsors


Christina & Michael Feeney

Happy Birthday Emma!!


Emma Devlin


Garry Robinson

All the very best to an amazing family x


Hayley Maccallum

Happy 40th Birthday Emma. Lots of love from The MacCallum’s xxxx


Jay Pantours

Wishing Noah all the best through his journey and recovery. May he get through this with ease with the love of all who’s around him .


Loralie Miller-hansford

Happy birthday Emma, with love Loralie


Maree And Paul Dimitriadis

Happy 40th Emma 💕


Mel Magee

Happy Birthday Em.. thanks for being awesome and a tower of strength 🥰


Natasha Pearson

Beautiful Em, So disappointed we could not be there to help you celebrate your 40th birthday, but you looked amazing and I’m so glad you loved the evening spent with friends and family! 🥰 I do hope the decade ahead brings you all love, laughter and good health. Warmest hugs, Tash, Brenton, Sassy and Gigi xoxoxo


Paige Hilder

Happy Birthday Emma 🎈🎈


Sally & Todd Martin


Steve & Loz Byrne


Vicky Dinas

Happy 40th Birthday Emma!! Hope this small donation helps bring fun and special and memorable experiences to those who Challenge assists :-) Lots of love, Vicky, Jim and Yani xoxo


Will And Nicole Harvey

Happy 40th Birthday Emma. Your strength and resilience has been admired. Tonight we celebrate your special milestone! With love, Will, Nicole, Cooper and Charlie (Chilli) Harvey xxxx


Your Girls

Happy 40th Birthday to our courageous, beautiful, thoughtful, strong, understanding, calm, considerate, generous & all round amazing friend, Emma! Thank you for our 13 plus years of friendship. We all look forward to sharing many more years growing together. Love always, Georgie, Sarah, Katie, Sari and our families xxxx