Basketball Legend, TV & 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 essential funds for Challenge, organised 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.
Comedian & 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. Whether Andy is visiting the hospital, hosting book readings, joining us at slumber party or being the MC at our gala events, Andy is always a joy to have around. We consider ourselves very lucky to have his support.
Ninja Warrior & Professional Golfer
“In any capacity I can, I will help support Challenge and the incredible support they provide daily, all while helping to continue Jarrod’s legacy.”
Though known primarily as a ninja beast, having been crowned the Australian Ninja Warrior champion in 2019, Charlie is also an avid golfer and was always inspired by the story of our dear ambassador, Jarrod Lyle.
Throughout his time on the hit Australian program, Charlie wore our Leuk the Duck Pin all the way through in honour of our late ambassador.
Charlie also works with Challenge hands-on, working directly with our families to deliver fun-filled, ninja-inspired activities at various Challenge events.
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.
“Working with Challenge is important to me as I want to make a difference for children and families with cancer. As a young adult, I couldn’t imagine the hardship young people and their families face when battling this disease. I will be happy if I can help raise awareness and funds for this great cause.”
Two-time NSW Amateur and current Aussie Amateur Champion, 21-year-old Grace Kim, carries Leuk the Duck to every golf tournament worldwide, representing our brand and spreading the word about Challenge.
AFL Star- Essendon Football Team
“It’s incredibly humbling to work closely with Challenge and meet the brave kids doing it so tough yet still have big smiles.”
In 2017, Challenge welcomed Jake Stringer onboard as an Ambassador. When Jake isn’t dominating on the field, he spends his free time visiting kids in the hospital, signing jumpers or helping with fundraising initiatives.
Actress, Comedian, Writer & Radio Presenter
“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 ‘Trip of a Lifetime,’ where we take a group of teenagers to the United States of America.
Elite Amateur Golfer
“After watching Jarrod Lyle battle cancer right to the end, I started the hashtag #DoingItForJarrod. The whole “doing it” meant I was out there doing it for Jarrod, trying to win, play well, and spread the word about Challenge.”
Five years since starting the world-famous #DoingItForJarrod hashtag, Keeley continues spreading the word about Challenge as she spreads her wings and climbs from strength to strength in the golfing world.
“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. 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.
“It is an honour to continue Jarrod Lyle’s legacy and support Challenge.”
After the passing of his dear friend and inspiration, Jarrod Lyle, Lucas became involved with Challenge to continue the legacy Jarrod built in the golfing community.
Throughout his friendship with Jarrod, Lucas became increasingly aware of how a cancer diagnosis changes a family and knew how highly Jarrod spoke of the support Challenge provides on a daily basis to children and families living with cancer.
As an Australian professional golfer who plays on the European Tour and the PGA Tour, Lucas helps raise awareness of Challenge by wearing our mascot, Leuk the Duck, and spreading the word of our cause at an opportunity he is given a chance – whether on TV, social media, or other golfers on the greens.
AFL Legend, TV & 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 aka “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.
AFL Legend & Television Presenter
“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. From visiting the hospital or using his connections to assist Challenge in various ways, including facilitating ticketing opportunities and fundraising platforms.
“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 our International Patron joined the organisation in 1992. From visiting 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.
Professional Snowboarder & Media Personality
“I strive to inspire others to contribute to Challenge and positively impact the lives of these incredible children, bravely fighting cancer.”
In 2018, Challenge welcomed Scotty James onboard as an Ambassador. When Scotty isn’t hitting the slopes, he visits Challenge families in the hospital and helps wherever possible.
Scotty, his wife Chloe, and the incredible team at Aston Martin, made dreams come true for a handful of children at the Australian Grand Prix. Scotty arranged for meet-and-greets with F1 superstars and an incredible opportunity to spend the day as VIP Challengers, memories the children will cherish forever. We are very grateful for Scotty and Chloe’s ongoing support.
Professional Golfer & 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 past Challenge member lost his battle with cancer, though not his legacy. Challenge continues Jarrod’s legacy to raise awareness and support kids and their families through our annual #DoingItForJarrod campaign.