Professional Golfer and International Patron of Challenge
“I have seen first-hand the organisation’s positive effect 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, joining 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 over $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 that the impact of Challenge on its 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 their amazing work. It is amazing to meet so many amazing families and children who are bravely fighting the journey of cancer, all while 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 Scotty James aboard as an Ambassador.
Scotty 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 the hospital and helping out wherever possible. 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 an excellent Ambassador for Challenge for years with her uplifting energy and willingness to 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 the 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 wherever possible. He jokes that he only loves Challenge for our video games and invitations to our various activity days. In reality, 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 the 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 their work for a long time. Even before my sister, Kylie, was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was aware of how an illness can impact 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 over two decades and is an outstanding contributor to our organisation. Through her empathy and understanding of what it is like to travel the cancer journey, she can connect with our families uniquely.
“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 endeavor 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 cancer journey, I know how significant the emotional support Challenge provides 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 to 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.”
Jarrod Lyle, a professional golfer and passionate Challenge Ambassador, lost his battle with cancer, though not his legacy.
Jarrod was diagnosed with cancer three times throughout his short life, the first time in 1999, when he first formed a strong bond with Challenge and CEO David Rogers. From that time, Jarrod’s golfing career went from strength to strength, and so did his commitment to Challenge.
Challenge continues Jarrod’s mission to raise awareness and support kids and their families through our annual #DoingItForJarrod campaign, which raises funds for Jarrod’s Gift.