We are very fortunate to have a passionate group of individuals who use their public profile and diverse backgrounds to help in the work that we do. Their generous efforts raise awareness of the Foundation and the programs we fund.
Andrew is Australia’s most accomplished high altitude mountaineer. His travels have seen him lead successful expeditions to Heard Island, Central Asia, South America, Mount Everest and remote areas across the globe. Andrew has used his achievements to inspire others to pursue their personal best and reach the summit! Each year at our Abseil for Youth event, he reminds abseilers that their fear is momentary in comparison to that of the young people in our programs, who must be brave each day as they rebuild their lives.
Lieutenant Mark Klopper RAN has been a member of the Royal Australian Navy for over 35 years and has served onboard a number of ships including HMAS Tobruk, Swan, Success, Torrens, Manoora and represented the Australian Defence Force in Australian Rules. Mark is married with three girls and is a dedicated supporter of the Foundation and a representative of the Navy, assisting us to continue Sir David's naval legacy. Mark has been particularly active in Abseil for Youth and fundraising through Charity Golf Days raising tens of thousands of dollars for the Foundation every year since 2007.
Ben Savva is a personal trainer and an Australian boxer, who turned professional in 2015. Ben is training to compete for an Australian Title. His dedication to the sport of boxing has resulted in an enviable record of 19 consecutive wins from 22 amateur contests. He develops fitness-training programs for professional athletes and individuals to stay active and work towards reaching their goals. Ben is a great supporter of fitness in youth and believes in the great power that exercise has in supporting young people. He will be a regular visitor to the Triple Care Farm.
Nichole is a psychologist working in the mental health and drug and alcohol fields, with great experience in public mental health, NGO Youth Drug and Alcohol Services, and in the corporate sector as an international consultant to high risk industries. A leading voice in the area of youth mental health and drug and alcohol, Nichole has spoken at international conferences on the topics of drug and alcohol and mental health treatment models, engagement of young people, setting up communities of practice for clinicians and the use of creative mediums in treatment.
Changing the way our community sees mental health and drug and alcohol issues, is Nichole’s driving purpose, and her career highlight to date, was being called to give expert testimony to the State Senate Select Committee inquiry into drug and alcohol treatment.
Caroline, former Miss Australia, lives for two things, travel and the camera. Caroline features in programs such as Places We Go and Getaway. She is also the face of tourism in East Timor, as well as having a role behind the scenes in the development of their tourism industry. Caroline is a passionate advocate for positive body image and a long-time supporter of youth empowerment. She is a familiar face at our Abseil for Youth event.
Sydney-born artist Robyn Ross is known for her portraits and has painted celebrities including Russell Crowe, Peter Brock, Gordon Ramsay, Bette Midler and Suzy Quatro. She has been exhibited locally in the Archibald Prize as well as throughout Europe and the United States. Robyn is an avid supporter of youth creativity and lends her support and encouragement to Creative Youth Initiative students.
Chefs and health gurus Luke & Scott rose to fame on popular cooking show My Kitchen Rules. During 2013's season, 'The Bondi Boys' won the hearts of Australia - and clearly the judges - as they received the show's first perfect score of four 10s. These best mates are all about clean living, paleo foods and fitness. Luke & Scott's keen focus on health makes them fantastic role models for the young people SDMF helps. For Luke, supporting the Foundation is particularly close to his heart as he has a brother who has struggled with drug addiction most of his life.