“Hello, my name is Nathan. I am 24 years of age. My biggest dream is to host a night, a night where my friends and myself show you that a disability is not a deficit. I would like to show the community just how much ability we have.”
That’s what Nathan told us last year when he emailed for the first time. His story was inspirational. We put him on our cover. He sold out his incredible Night of Abilities and now he’s back for another year.
Night of Abilities is just that. It’s a celebration of people of all abilities having a crack on the big stage. At least year’s events there were dancers, singers, musicians, bands and a tonne of laughs (and tears… of joy).
“The best thing is hosting this night and seeing all the people having great fun,” Nathan told Blank GC when we asked about last year’s event but he’s excited for two week’s time.
“This year it’s going to be EPIC,” he said. “We have new performers and a bigger venue. So gig now.”
Each year the Night of Abilities will raise funds for a charity and this year Nathan has chosen a Tweed group who have been supporting children with disabilities and chronic illness since 1982.
“I’m wanting to achieve and raise money for Kids in Need Inc and for people to be really excited,” Nathan said.
Nathan will again be joined by Greg Ritchie for MC duties and will also join the lineup of entertainment which this year includes artistic dancers, keyboardist, interpreter, singer, guitarists and other musicians.
“What I’m doing is going to be so fun and entertaining,” he said. “I will be opening with a Vanessa Amarosi song Absolutely Everybody. Then closing with a favourite of mine Footloose.”
“Oh and in between I will be rockin’ it out with US the band.”
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Night of Abilities takes place Saturday 15 October at 6.00pm at South Tweed Sports Club. Tickets essential via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0456 097 943.
Full lineup: Jyi Phillips (Welcome to Country) + Nathan Johnston (singer) Vicki White (interpreter) + Renee McAlpin (singer / songwriter) + Mikky Whalan (singer / guitarist) + Shenae Howe (solo artistic dancer) + Patrick Scott (solo drummer / keyboard player) + US the Band featuring Emma, Robert, James, Jess, Jai, Patrick and Nathan supported and mentored by Lifebridge Support Workers Jannah and Dave.