Professional Golfer and International Patron of Challenge
“I have seen first-hand the positive effect the organisation has on its members. It takes the support of many to ensure Challenge delivers its continual support to children and families, and it is humbling to play a role in the workings of this wonderful organisation.”
Robert is one of Challenge’s longest-standing Ambassadors having joined the organisation in 1992.
From visiting children in the hospital to hosting his own Golf Day and Gala Dinner in honour of Challenge, Robert has always been a loyal and passionate member of our community. Through his connections with the golfing fraternity, Robert’s ambassadorship has helped raise in excess of $20 million for Challenge.
Robert is an extraordinary friend of Challenge and we are grateful for his unwavering support.
AFL Legend and Coach of the Collingwood Football Club and National Patron of Challenge
“Having a family of my own, I cannot imagine the devastation and worry that families with a sick child endure on a day-to-day basis. I am humbled and find it incredibly rewarding to do whatever I can to support Challenge, and I strongly encourage you and the wider community to get on board.”
Nathan Buckley accepted the role as National Patron of Challenge in 2008 with the fundamental goal of bringing happiness to the lives of children and families living with cancer.
Throughout his career as an elite AFL footballer, Nathan regularly joined Challenge in the hospital to visit sick children on the ward. In all his visits, he brought enthusiasm and passion, which brought smiles to the faces of many children and parents.
Nathan continues to use his connections and status to assist Challenge in various ways, helping to facilitate ticketing opportunities and fundraising platforms.
Australian Basketball Legend, TV and Radio Personality
“As a man who cherishes his family, I can see the impact Challenge has on families is significant and I have no hesitation in endorsing the services and programs they provide. I am proud to be associated with such an amazing organisation.”
Andrew Gaze has been an ambassador for Challenge for more than 15 years. Throughout his time with Challenge, Andrew has helped raise importing funds for Challenge, organise tickets to various sporting events (including the Olympics!), and has happily given his time to pass on secret basketball tips and tricks to our valued members.
His loveable personality and quick sense of humour have played an important role in building Challenge into the organisation it is today.
Professional Snowboarder and Media Personality
“It is awesome to be on board with Challenge and support the amazing work that they do. It really is amazing to meet so many amazing families and children, who are bravely fighting the journey of cancer all whilst still having a smile on their faces. I cannot wait to work with Challenge in the future and continue hanging out with all these legends – they are truly inspirational.”
In 2018, Challenge welcomed aboard Scotty James as its newest Ambassador.
Scotty first created history and marked his name as an elite athlete when he became the first Australian male to win a snowboard Olympic medal at PyeongChang 2018. The 2017 World Champion also had the honour of being the flag bearer for Australia at the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.
When Scotty isn’t hitting the slopes, he spends his time visiting Challenge families in hospital and helping out wherever he can. Warm and funny, Scotty is a pleasure to have as an ambassador.
Australian Actress, Comedian, Writer, Radio and Television Producer
“I am constantly in awe of the work Challenge does to facilitate a degree of normality and happiness in the lives of families living with cancer. I fully support Challenge and it is a delight to spend time with the families they support, who are travelling such difficult periods of their lives.”
Jane has been a wonderful Ambassador for Challenge over the years with her uplifting energy and willingness to have a laugh.
Challenge was fortunate enough to have Jane join us one year on our biennial ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ where we take a group of teenagers overseas to the United States of America. It was amazing to share this experience with Jane and all the teens could not get enough of Jane and the positivity she exudes.
Comedian and Media Personality
“I am delighted to be involved with Challenge and to see the outstanding work they continue to do with kids and their families. It is a humbling experience to have the opportunity to be a part of the organisation and in particular to visit the kids in hospital and see what a difference Challenge makes to the families through the many services and programs they provide.”
Andy Lee is a familiar face around the Challenge community, always willing to lend a helping hand where he can. He jokes that he only loves Challenge for our video games and invites to our various activity days, but really it is because he genuinely wants to make a difference. Behind his enchanting charm and witty humour is a heart of gold.
Whether Andy is visiting kids in hospital or joining us at various fundraising events, Andy is always a joy to have around. We consider ourselves very lucky to have his support.
International TV Personality
“Challenge is a wonderful organisation and I’m very fortunate to have played some small role in the work they do for such a long time. Even before my sister, Kylie, was diagnosed with breast cancer, I have been aware of the impact an illness can have on the family unit. It brings me great joy to see these children smile through adversity and I am delighted to be able to give back and be a part of the Challenge family.”
Danni has been involved with Challenge for more than two decades and is a wonderful contributor to our organisation. Through her empathy and understanding of what it is like to travel the cancer journey, she is able to connect with our families in a unique way.
“My relationship with Challenge has spanned more than two decades and what I find most touching is not just their hard work, but also their genuine endeavour to raise awareness and support for kids and families living with cancer.
I love meeting the beautiful families Challenge supports – listening to them and supporting them in whatever capacity I can. Having also experienced my own cancer journey, I know how significant the emotional support Challenge provides is to a family, which is why I hold this organisation so close to my heart.”
Kylie first became involved with Challenge many moons ago in the early 1990s. From intimate meet-and-greets to visits in the hospital, Kylie has never shied from helping Challenge and our families whenever and wherever she can.
AFL Legend, TV and Radio Personality
“Throughout my career, I have been more than happy to assist Challenge in whatever way I can. It’s a pleasure to be able to bring some joy to the faces of children fighting battles no child should ever fight.
I am proud to be involved with such an enthusiastic and driven organisation, and to be a part of the work that Challenge does in making a real difference to the lives of children and families living with cancer.”
Matthew – better known as “Richo” – has been a wonderful Ambassador for Challenge for many years.
Whether it is being involved with football clinics, organising footy jumpers signed by AFL players or spending quality time with the kids in hospital, Richo is a committed and giving friend of the Challenge community.
Professional Golfer and Challenge member
(21/08/81 – 08/08/18)
“My time was short, but if I’ve helped people think and act on behalf of those families who suffer through cancer, hopefully it wasn’t wasted.”
Challenge and Jarrod Lyle first met in 1999 when he was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia and was hospitalised at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Through this time, Challenge – particularly our CEO David Rogers – developed a very special bond with Jarrod and shared memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.
Though tall and solid, Jarrod was a gentle soul with a heart bigger than life itself. Driven by grit, determination and perseverance, Jarrod was destined to be a fighter.
Beneath his warm persona hid a fierce and ambitious competitor. As a lover of all sports, Jarrod found his greatest passion in the sport of golf. Fascinated by all its intricacies and the method of its craft, Challenge sought to nurture this passion of Jarrod’s and did so through Robert Allenby.
Jarrod, from a young age, looked up to Robert and aspired to one day, achieve his level of success. It was his biggest dream to meet Robert and in 1999, that dream was realised. Since that first encounter, a lifelong friendship was born and so was a dream: Jarrod’s vision and goal of being a professional golfer.
Once in remission, Jarrod worked hard at his game and had many achievements. Throughout this time, he remained an active member of Challenge, but this time as a supporter. In the early days of his career, Jarrod hosted an annual event known as the Jarrod Lyle Charity Golf Day at the Shepparton Golf Club, which raised funds for Challenge to support its many families.
As he progressed through his golfing journey and his career amped up, so did his support of Challenge as he became an Ambassador. Not only championing his skill for the game, Jarrod also championed Challenge throughout his career.
It certainly can be said that Jarrod gave back to Challenge and more; Jarrod’s input and commitment has enabled Challenge to evolve continuously. Jarrod gave meaning to his Ambassadorship through our mascot, Leuk the Duck. Promoting and wearing Leuk merchandise over his many years as a professional golfer, Jarrod endlessly sought to raise awareness and support for kids and families living with cancer. Indeed, this was Jarrod’s mission and truly epitomises the type of man he was – selfless, compassionate and an all-round great bloke.
As has been well documented, Jarrod’s story of highs also featured many lows with the return of his cancer twice. It was the third diagnosis of cancer that sadly claimed his life, though certainly not his legacy.
We continue to honour Jarrod’s incredible legacy through Jarrod’s Gift.