Ambassadors

  • Ricky and Rianna Ponting
    Ricky and Rianna Ponting Co-founders of the Ponting Foundation

    Co-founders of the Ponting Foundation, Ricky and Rianna have been long time supporters of the childhood cancer cause. In 2008 they launched the Ponting Foundation to provide focus to their work across the childhood cancer issue.

    “Children are our future and we have to do everything we can to win the battle against childhood cancer”, said Ricky.

    “The work of the Foundation has become more significant for us since our children were born. Having beautiful healthy children of our own has given us an even greater sense of determination and resolve to support the children and families who aren’t as fortunate as us.”

    “I’m really excited about the Biggest Game of Cricket – it combines two of my passions in one!”

  • Garth Tander
    Garth Tander V8 Supercars Champion

    Garth Tander is one of the absolute stars of the highly competitive V8Supercar Championship series. Driving for Australia’s iconic motor racing team, the Holden Racing Team, Garth is a consistent race winner at the highest level of motorsport in Australia.

    Away from the track Garth is a devoted family man, married to Leanne (also a race car driver) and farther of Scarlett and Sebastian.

    Garth is also a strong supporter of the Leukaemia Foundation, providing ongoing assistance and support as a patient transport driver.

    “I’ve always been a huge fan of what Ricky does both on and off the field and it’s a massive honour to represent the Ponting Foundation,” Tander said. “I’ve been working closely with the Leukaemia Foundation for several years and I really wanted to broaden my charity work to help children across all forms of cancer.”

  • Emma Freedman
    Emma Freedman TV and radio presenter

    One of Australia’s brightest media talents has joined the Ponting Foundation in an effort to help young Australians and their families beat cancer.

    Emma’s early involvement in sport and horse racing has quickly expanded into media, sport, fashion and entertainment. Emma has a particularly strong sense of community, committing significant time and energy into assisting several charitable organisations.

    Emma has shown her support for the Ponting Foundation by hosting a major fundraising event, ‘Cricket Rocks’ in Sydney in 2012. The event was a huge success, raising funds to assist the Ponting Foundation’s commitment to programs at the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

    “It’s great to be involved with such a worthwhile cause. Helping young Australians and their families in their time of need is something I’m really proud to be a part of.”

Beneficiaries

As one of the world’s leading paediatric hospitals, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne (RCH) has been providing outstanding care for Victoria’s children for over 140 years.

The RCH Foundation harnesses community and philanthropic support to bridge the gap between government funding and excellence in children’s healthcare.

With the mission to raise money for the RCH, the RCH Foundation enables the hospital to pioneer research and new treatments, provide world-class leadership and state of the art equipment, as well as support family and patient centred care.

Thanks to support from both the community and businesses, the RCH Foundation works to ensure the hospital can continue to provide the very best care for sick children and their families.

For more information please visit: www.rchfoundation.org.au

RedKite

Redkite is an Australian charity that supports children, young people and their families through their experiences with cancer by providing emotional guidance, financial assistance and educational services.

Its vision is to ensure that every child and young person diagnosed with cancer in Australia is empowered to cope with the emotional, social and practical consequences.

Redkite’s philosophy is ‘to give a child or young person the best possible chance of surviving cancer, the whole family needs to be supported’. By alleviating the financial and emotional anxieties, families can focus their attention where it is needed most – on their sick child. Redkite is there for families from the moment a child is diagnosed, throughout the treatment period and beyond and is known by families as providing the ‘must haves’ through the cancer journey.

Redkite receives no government funding but with the continuing support of the community aims to further expand service reach and capacity so all children and young people with cancer receive the support they need.

For more information please visit: www.redkite.org.au

Tasmania

A series of Tasmania-specific grants have been awarded across the broad spectrum of health care, but all share commonality in that they will support Tasmanians suffering from cancer. They include:

Spurr Wing

Funding for Spurr Wing in Launceston to help provide accommodation for patients and families of patients attending the Launceston General Hospital. Spurr Wing is a ‘home away from home’ for patients and families of patients attending the hospital. It caters for:

  • Country patients receiving daily treatments and requiring overnight accommodation
  • Parents of children that are inpatients; and
  • Those immediate country family members of inpatients

Appin Hall

Provision of financial assistance for up to 40 families to attend the Appin Hall Children’s Foundation facility located in Erriba, Tasmania. Appin Hall Children’s Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision for the protection and wellbeing of current and future generations of young Australians. It provides a respite and healing centre designed to assist children’s recovery from serious illness, and suffering homelessness and destitution.

Hospice Support Volunteers

Financial support for the Hospice Support Volunteers organisations in the South, North West and North of Tasmania who each provide emotional, social and practical support to people affected by terminal illness.