Our Official Friends have been chosen for their commitment to working with young people and for being identified as people whom the public holds in high regard.
Our Friends will work with Make-A-Wish, meeting wish children, speaking on behalf of the charity, appearing at our signature events and being involved in wish granting ceremonies.
Curtis StoneClassically trained in London under the legendary Marco Pierre White, Curtis Stone is the face of a new generation of Chefs. Curtis is an author and presenter of the globally successful cooking/lifestyle program, 'Surfing the Menu', and has one of America's most popular reality/cooking shows titled, 'Take Home Chef'. Curtis’ involvement and support of Make-A-Wish dates back to 2007 when he generously donated his time to present a magical cooking wish.
Jennifer AdamsJennifer Adams showed an interest in journalism from a young age. Upon graduating from her journalism course, Jennifer became involved in voluntary work before moving on to Channel Seven Melbourne where she still resides today as their weekend presenter. Jennifer’s commitment to helping people is reflected in both her role with channel seven and the various volunteer positions.
Chris AnsteyThe Melbourne Tigers saw the launch of Chris Anstey’s career at the age of 17. Standing at an impressive 213cm, Chris’s basketball career has taken him across the world, to play for several international basketball teams. In 2005, Chris returned to Australia to play for the Melbourne Tigers and subsequently captained them to the NBL championships.
Bessie BardotBessie is an award winning bestselling author of four books, national radio host, international TV host, professional speaker, and CEO of three companies. She is an Australia Day ambassador and has traveled to visit troops in war zones such as Baghdad, Iran & East Timor. She is a regular social commentator on TV, radio and in magazines.
Tracy BartramTracy began performing stand-up comedy in the mid-1980’s while working in Melbourne. The night she willed herself to walk on stage and perform ten minutes of stand-up comedy was electrifying and the start of something new. Tracy has been and continues to be a major player in the radio business; most recently you would have heard her as co-host of Mix 101's Breakfast radio show.
Clint BizzellWhilst Clint Bizzell began his football career playing for Geelong Football Club, he is most well known for his achievements after 2001, when he joined the Melbourne Football Club. Throughout his career with the Melbourne Football Club, Clint Bizzell has created a name for himself as a versatile football player with a genuine talent for the sport.
Gorgi CoghlanGorgi Coghlan is a Melbourne reporter and pesenter for The Circle on the TenNetwork. In addition to her reporting and presenting skills, Gorgi is a classically trained singer and professional performer. She is a former State level equestrian competitor in eventing and dressage.
Graham CornesGraham Cornes played 390 AFL games with Glenelg, South Adelaide, North Melbourne and South Australia before taking on the coaching position at Adelaide Football Club. After retiring from football he is now well known to SA footy fans as a sports commentator on FiveAA and Channel 7.
Nicole CornesNicole Cornes is a former Sunday Mail columnist. She completed her law degree last year and is pursuing a career in politics. Nicole is married to sporting media personality Graham Cornes.
Ken CunninghamKen Cummingham is a former State cricketer and SANFL football umpire. He co-hosts the sporting program with Graham Cornes on weekdays and Saturday mornings on FiveAA as well as being a highly regarded AFL football commentator.
Chris DittmarFormer World number one squash player in the early nineties, Chris has been an active supporter of Make-A-Wish since 1995. He was responsible for putting together the committee which organised Adelaide's first Gala Ball, now in its ninth year. He is a SAS7 sports and lifestyle presenter and a highly regarded AFL football commentator. We are delighted to have Chris as our Official Friend and SA Patron.
Paula DuncanIconic Australian and seven time Logie winner, actress Paula Duncan is a household name; most recently known for her role as the Mother in the catchy “Spray & Wipe” commercials. As a long time Friend of Make-A-Wish Australia Paula continues to provide overwhelming support on a local, state and national level.
Bianca DyeWitty, gorgeous and talented, Bianca Dye is best known as the morning presenter on NOVA 96.9FM and interviewer on Arena. She has been a supporter of Make-A-Wish Australia for many years. She is currently the Music and Entertainment Reporter on Mornings with Kerri-Anne Kennerley.
Alex FevolaRestaurant owner, talented photographer and mother of three Alex Fevola has for many years been a supporter of Make-A-Wish Australia. Her photography skills and eye for detail can be viewed on many of the Make-A-Wish publications.
John ForemanJohn Foreman has been a fixture on Australian television for over 15 years beginning his career aged 19 as musical director on Good Morning Australia. More recently you would recognise him from his work on Australian Idol, The Big Night In and Carols by Candlelight.
Andrew GazeAndrew Gaze has played in a record five Olympic Games, he is the highest point scorer in Olympic history, he has played in four world championships and won the NBL's Most Efficient Player Award eight times. On the court, Andrew Gaze is the most decorated basketball player in the country and is one of Australia’s most recognisable and popular sporting identities.
Matt HardyMatt Hardy has had his share of good laughs. The regular performer and funny man has performed at: the Last Laugh, Melbourne International Comedy Festival as well as on BBC TV's top-rating Saturday Night Stand-Up Show, The Big Schmooze and the Tonight Show.
Shane HealShane Heal is pure magic to watch on a basketball court. His career highlights include representing the Boomers at four different Olympics and World Championships, brief stints in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs, and winning two National Basketball League championships with the Sydney Kings. He has been a valued supporter of Make-A-Wish Australia for many years.
Joseph LawJoseph Law is the founder and CEO of Living Greatness, a social organization dedicated to making the world a happier and better place by empowering people's lives through education and charity. Joseph is the author of Living Greatness: A Practical Guide to Living an Enlightened Life. His work has attracted and won the support of international best-selling authors, leading CEOs, as well as billionaires and celebrities worldwide.
Brett LeeBrett Lee played his first recognised game of cricket in 1994 at the early age of nine, in which he displayed a genuine talent for the sport. Since that time, Brett has steadily climbed the cricket ranks, playing in his first test match on Boxing Day 1999. Brett has continued to carve a name for himself within the cricket industry not only as an exceptional cricket player, but as a fan favourite as well.
Jules LundJules Lund is best known for jet setting around the world for his work as a travel reporter on Getaway. Before his big break Jules hosted a radio show on Fox FM, hosted the International Extreme Games and also co-hosted the Channel Nine music show, So Fresh. Jules was a popular attendee at the Make-A-Wish ball '07 and we are thrilled to have him on board for '08.
Brett OgleBrett Ogle is one of the most recognisable faces in Australian Golf. His first professional tournament win was the Tahiti Open in 1986, which was followed by a further 12 victories worldwide. At the end of the 2001 season Brett decided to take an extended break and focus his attentions on his work in the media. Brett has been a supporter of Make-A-Wish for over ten years, assisting the Southern Sydney Branch with the Brett Ogle Charity Golf Day every year.
Mark PartonMark is Canberra's best known radio personality. He's making waves at the moment as the host of the breakfast program on 1206 2CC. From '99 to '08 he was heard waking up Canberrans on Mix 106.3. Mark is a father of five, a really bad golfer and a former junior AFL coach. He loves Canberra, a good drop of red and a savage vindaloo but not necessarily in that order. Mark has a long history of support to community groups and charities including Make-A-Wish. "I've always had a soft spot for Make-A-Wish", said Mark. "I see it as a wonderful privilege to fill the role as Canberra Patron of the Foundation. .
Matthew PrimusMatthew Primus played 20 games for Fitzroy in 1996 and then moved to Port Adelaide from 1997 until 2005 and was arguably the most influential player of the Power’s first decade. He was captain from 2001 until 2005, won the best-and-fairest in 2002 and won All Australian honours in 2001 and 2002. He is a born leader, a teacher, a master ruckman and an all round good bloke. He is now Ports Assistant Coach and our cherished Official Friend.
Russell RobertsonThe high-leaping forward is one of Melbourne Football Clubs most impressive players. A newly inducted Life Member of the Club, Robertson’s extraordinary skills will be on display for the red and blue faithful for a few years to come.
Pete SmithA Melbourne native, Pete Smith joined the Australian Broadcasting Committee upon completing high school. Whilst initially working for the ABC, Pete moved to Channel 9 in 1964 where he performed numerous functions both in front and behind the camera. Pete is now the longest serving on-air personality at GTV (General Television Corporation) and is most famously known as the booming voiceover on the world's richest television quiz "Sale of the Century".
Denis WalterDenis has been a long-time ambassador for Make-A-Wish and his regular support is highly valued.Over almost four decades Denis has been central in the Australian entertainment industry, as his well-renowned voice has been heard by millions. Denis is currently hosting the Weekend Break on 3AW. He also presents WIN News to viewers throughout regional Victoria and Southern New South Wales.
Frances WhitingAs senior feature writer for Queensland’s premier weekend magazine, Q Weekend in the Courier Mail and much loved columnist for the Sunday Mail, Frances Whiting is one of Australia’s best known and most popular writers. Her literary feats also extend to writing bestselling books whilst Frances is an accomplished, witty and warm public speaker.
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