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 proud to recognise our 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

Travis Boak

Captain, Port Adelaide Football Club

Port Adelaide's captain and marquee player, Travis Boak is a former John Cahill Medallist and one of its highest-rated talents. A dual All-Australian and triple Fos Williams Medallist, Boak enters his sixth season as captain of Port Adelaide and will become the club's most capped skipper in the process. He is a passionate supporter of the Childhood Cancer Association.

Travis Boak and his support of the Childhood Cancer Association

Travis' testimonial

Ambassador since October 2010

Kate Collins

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. 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. Kate has been a proud Ambassador and supports the association by attending family and fundraising events throughout the year.

Ambassador since 2010

Michelle den Dekker OAM

Michelle den Dekker OAM

Australian Netball World Champion & Commonwealth Games Gold medallist

Michelle made her Australian debut in 1985; Michelle went on to play 84 Test matches in the green and gold, captaining Australia from 1988-1995 - currently the longest reigning Captain. Michelle is now a National High Perfomance Accredited Coach and continues 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.

Ambassador since August 2013

Dr Michael Rice AM

Dr Michael Rice AM

Paediatric Oncologist (retired)

Dr Michael Rice was responsible for establishing the Childhood Cancer Association in 1982. He 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

Tara Knight

Tara Knight

Junior Ambassador

In 2002, at age six, Tara was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Conquering cancer was a real struggle for Tara, however she feels it is one of her greatest achievements. During and after chemotherapy Tara and her family were fortunate enough to have the support of the Childhood Cancer Association. 

Ambassador since November 2017

Ed Sach

Ed Sach

Junior Ambassador

In 2011, at age 17, Ed was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer). Treatment was extremely aggressive and he has no doubt the support provided by the Childhood Cancer Association is still a fundamental part of his well-being. The support provided to his mum during this time was also a massive relief to him while he underwent treatment.

Ambassador since November 2017

Sam Power

Sam Power

Racing Driver

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

Ambassador since November 2013

Eugene Galekovic

Eugene Galekovic

Former Captain, Adelaide United FC

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

Ambassador since November 2013

Darren Berry

Darren Berry

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.

Ambassador since August 2014

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The Childhood Cancer Association is a fully self-funded organisation and therefore relies on the generous support of the community.

Childhood cancer presents many challenges for the child and their family. It affects not only the child but their brothers and sisters, parents, grandparents, friends and the whole community.

The Childhood Cancer Association provides support to the entire family.

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