Life Members, Patrons & Ambassadors

Life Members, Patrons & Ambassadors

Life Membership of the Childhood Cancer Association may be conferred on any member who has served the Association with distinction.

The Association is very proud to recognise the following Life Members:

  • Dr Michael Rice AM 
  • Barry Bache
  • Michael Bagshaw
  • Kristen Blichfeldt
  • Jan Bearne
  • Tom Bearne
  • Bob Bennett
  • Joan Bennett
  • Rolf Conroy
  • Stephen Datson
  • Maria Foti
  • Eve Mead
  • Tony Pilkington
  • Chris Powell
  • Maureen Richards
  • Ann Smith
  • Russell Standish
  • Neil Walker
  • Robyn Walker

Patrons

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia

We welcome and thank His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia, for accepting the role of Patron of the Childhood Cancer Association.

Patron since December 2014

Ambassadors

Travis Boak - Captain, Port Adelaide Football Club

Travis Boak - Captain, Port Adelaide Football Club

Travis Boak is the captain of the Port Adelaide Football Club, a dual All-Australian, triple Fos Williams Medallist and a former John Cahill Medallist. Travis enters his fourth season as captain of Port Adelaide, which will have him poised to become the Power's longest-serving leader in the coming years.  He is a passionate supporter of the Childhood Cancer Association.

AFL AWARDS

Major Peter Badcoe VC Medal - 2014, 2015

Showdown Medal - 2013 (Showdown XXXIV)

All-Australian - 2013, 2014

International Rules - 1 cap - 2014 test v Ireland, Perth

Brownlow Medal (end of 2015) - 83 votes

NAB Rising Star - 2007 - Rd 19 nominee

2014 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award - read here for details of Travis' nomination, for his work with Childhood Cancer Association

CLUB AWARDS

John Cahill Medal (Best and Fairest) - Winner: 2011, Runner-up: 2013, 2014

Fos Williams Medal (Best Team Man as voted by the players) - 2013, 2014, 2015 - equal record

Gavin Wanganeen Medal (Best player under 21 years) - 2009

Most Improved Player - 2008

Leading disposals - 2014, 2015

Ambassador since October 2010

Travis Boak and his support of the Childhood Cancer Association

Read Travis' testimonial here

Kate Collins - Reporter & Presenter, Nine News

Kate Collins - Reporter & Presenter, Nine News

A proud South Australian, Kate Collins has been part of Adelaide’s Nine News for more than 10 years.  
 
Alongside Brenton Ragless, Kate presents Adelaide’s only 6pm one-hour bulletin. 
 
Prior to joining Channel 9 Adelaide in 2006, Kate completed a Bachelor of Media at Adelaide University and a postgraduate Diploma in Journalism at the University of South Australia. 
 
While completing her studies, she worked as a weekend newsreader on radio before making the switch to TV, joining the Nine News team as a general reporter. 
 
Kate is a passionate ambassador for Cystic Fibrosis SA, Childhood Cancer Association, Ovarian Cancer Australia, Peter Couche Foundation, Playgroup SA and Barkuma Inc. 
 
Kate has been a proud Ambassador of Childhood Cancer Association since 2010 and she continues to support the association by attending family and fundraising events throughout the year.

Follow Kate Collins on Twitter: @katecollins9

Ambassador since 2010

Michelle den Dekker OAM - Australian Netball World Champion & Commonwealth Games Gold medallist

Michelle den Dekker OAM - Australian Netball World Champion & Commonwealth Games Gold medallist

Michelle den Dekker made her Australian debut in 1985; Michelle went on to play 84 Test matches in the green and gold, captaining Australia from 1988-1995. She is still the current longest reigning Captain.

Michelle held a 92 per cent winning rate as captain, winning 65 of 71 games. Michelle won two World Championships as captain (1991, 1995) and led Australia to a Commonwealth Gold medal in 1990.

Michelle was also awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1992 and awarded the SA Great Award, for services to sport in South Australia in 1993.

Her exceptional agility and leadership were inspirational both on and off the court.  She was regarded by many as one the greatest Netballers ever to grace the Netball Arena worldwide.

Her contributions to Netball and the profile of Women in Australian Sport are outstanding.

Michelle continues today to contribute to Sport through her involvement in promoting organisations as Ambassador for the South Australian Sports Hall of Fame, the Childhood Cancer Association and the Australasian Masters Games.

Michelle is a National High Performance accredited Coach.

www.michelledendekker.com.au

Ambassador since August 2013

Eugene Galekovic - Captain, Adelaide United FC

Eugene Galekovic - Captain, Adelaide United FC

Eugene Galekovic started his professional career with Morwell-based national Soccer League (NSL) side Gippsland Falcons as a 19 year old in December 2000 before signing with South Melbourne the following season.

He stayed with South Melbourne until the NSL’s closure in 2003/4 where at season’s end he secured a place on the list of Beira Mar in Portugal on the back of his impressive display for Australia during the 2004 Athens Olympics. These Olympic performances also earned him a place in the full Socceroo squad for the friendly international match against Turkey in the same year.

Galekovic joined Adelaide United in October 2007.  He is one of the hardest trainers at the club and respected and liked by team-mates and coaching staff alike.

Major Honours for Galekovic include:

Club

Melbourne Victory:

A-League Championship: 2006–07

A-League Premiership: 2006–07

Adelaide United:

FFA Cup: 2014

A-League Premiership: 2015–16

A-League Championship: 2015-16

National

Australia

AFC Asian Cup: 2015

Individual

A-League Goalkeeper of the Year: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2013–14, 2014–15

Adelaide United Club Champion: 2008–2009, 2009–10

Adelaide United Player's Player of the Year: 2008–2009, 2009–10, 2011–12

A-League PFA Team of the Season: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15

A-League All Stars: 2014

PFA A-League Team of the Decade: 2005–15

Individual Records

Most Goalkeeper of the Year Awards: 4

Ambassador since November 2013

Dr Michael Rice AM - Paediatric Oncologist (retired)

Dr Michael Rice AM - Paediatric Oncologist (retired)

Dr Michael Rice was responsible for establishing the Association, beginning the process in 1981.

Dr Rice initiated contact with other parents of children with cancer and called them to a meeting at the hospital to discuss the establishment of a support group. This meeting ultimately led to the formation of the Association.  Since its’ formation, Dr Rice has regularly attended meetings of the Association to provide guidance and advice, and to act as a mentor. 

His significant contribution to the Association was first acknowledged with the naming of the Michael Rice Units at Prospect in September 1985 - made available to country families whilst staying in Adelaide for treatment.

Dr Rice has received many prestigious awards over the years including:

* 1998 - The Howards Williams Medal at the Australian College of Paediatrics
* 2000 - The Medal of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
* 2003 - The Centenary Medal
* 2004 - The Gold Medal of the Australian Medical Association
* 2004 - The Medal of the Order of Australia

Ambassador since April 2010 & Life Member

Sam Power - Racing Driver

Sam Power - Racing Driver

Sam Power is an Adelaide born Racing Driver currently participating in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, with team MOMO Megatron.

2009 - First State Championship race win - Racing sports

2011 - Victorian State Champion - Formula Ford

2012 - Round podiums at Townsville & Bathurst - Formula Ford

2012 - Rookie of the year runner up - Formula Ford

2012 - 6th place overall National Formula Ford

2013 - First National Race win - Formula Ford

2013 - 3rd place overall National Formula Ford

2014 - 6th place overall Porsche Carrera Cup

 
Ambassador since November 2013
 
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Darren Berry, Professional Cricket Coach/Sports Broadcaster

Darren Berry, Professional Cricket Coach/Sports Broadcaster

Darren is a former Australian cricketer and former coach of the South Australian Redbacks and Strikers.  He is also a Sports Broadcaster and can be heard curretly on Geelong's K Rock Football.

Playing Highlights:

1997 Ashes Tour UK

2 Sheffield Shields (1990/91 & 2003/04)

2 One Day Titles (1994/95 & 1998/99)

2 Grade Premierships (1993/94 & 1996/97)
 

Coaching Highlights:

Carlton CC Club Championship 2007

Victoria T/20 Champions 2008

Rajasthan Royals IPL Champions 2008

South Australia T/20 Champions 2011

South Australia One-Day Champions 2012

 

Ambassador since August 2014

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