Cheryl and Connor Maclean on stage during the Humpty Dumpty Foundation's ball.
Cheryl and Connor Maclean on stage during the Humpty Dumpty Foundation's ball. Ross Willis

Cause close to Connor's heart

CONNOR Maclean - local teenager, musician and ambassador for children's medical needs - has performed in Sydney at a fundraiser ball.

The Humpty Dumpty Foundation, which raises money to purchase vital medical equipment for more than 160 children's hospitals and health service centres across Australia and in East Timor, held its 21st annual ball recently.

A massive $1.2 million was raised to give sick and injured children a better chance at survival.

Connor and his mum, Cheryl, spoke about how medical equipment had kept him going and about the importance of the work of organisations like Humpty Dumpty.

You may recognise the charismatic teen from his national media appearances but for those who haven't, Connor introduces himself on his website:

"Firstly I have a chronic illness - VACTERL Syndrome - with some other extras thrown in like Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and related spina-bifida," it reads.

While he wasn't feeling well on the night, he was determined to take to the stage.

And alongside internationally acclaimed indigenous musicians William Barton and Adam James, he belted out a rendition of Robbie Williams' Angel.

"I really wanted to get up on stage and it was awesome," Connor said. "I love singing, talking and entertaining, and making people feel happy, and when I was very young I would go around the hospital and make everyone laugh."

Connor, who won the Pride of Australia medal for courage in 2007, was one of 400 guests at the Humpty Dumpty Foundation's benefit night.

The organisation's founder and CEO, Paul Francis, said the generosity of the guests was overwhelming and exceeded all expectations.



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