"Golf provides a wonderful opportunity for children of all backgrounds to step away from their past and into a healthy new life. I encourage all golfers to give these children that opportunity".
Geoff Ogilvy is one of Australia’s most prominent golfing champions. He is only the second Australian to have won the U.S. Open (2006) and the only Australian to have won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship twice. He has seven PGA Tour Majors to his credit, having joined the US PGA Tour in 2001 and finished in the top 100 in each of his first five seasons. His first professional tournament win came in 2005 at the PGA Tour's Chrysler Classic of Tucson and in February the following year he won his first WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He won his second in 2009, and has been ranked as high as 3rd in the world and is likely to represent Australia in the Rest of the World Team in the 2011 President’s Cup in Melbourne.
Australia golfer Stacey Keating won the 2012 Open de France Dames and the 2012 Open De Espana Femenino. Known for her commitment, passion, work ethic, she turned professional in 2010 and currently is on the ALPG Tour Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour. She has nine professional wins to her name,, including seven on the ALPG Tour.
"Please help these children achieve the same dreams that you have for your own children."
Victorian Simon McKeon, Australian of the Year 2011.
The 55-year-old philanthropist and father-of-four is the current Chairman of the CSIRO, Executive Chairman of Macquarie Group's Melbourne office and is well known for his support of charities and not-for-profit organisations both in Australia and internationally. Despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 10 years ago, McKeon has not relented in his community involvement and devotes much of his time and money across multiple causes which has earned him great admiration and respect in the community.
"Sport can open many doors and these children need a door opened for them. I hope you will do this for them with your generosity".
Glenn Boss is Australia’s most accomplished and successful big-race jockey with a record three back-to-back Melbourne Cup triumphs. His feats of piloting the great mare Makybe Diva to victories in the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Melbourne Cups not only guaranteed Boss a celebrated place in Australian turf history, but also rewarded his determination to return to the saddle after a serious race fall threatened his career. His trio of successive wins ensured him a place in racing immortality no other jockey has achieved this momentous feat in the 144-year history of Australia’s most famous race. Boss has ridden more Group One winners in 2004, 2005 and 2006, than any other jockey.
"Everyone deserves the chance to play an active part in society. These children need your support to take this step".
Sharelle McMahon is regarded as the most athletic player of natural talent in Australian netball, representing the nation more than 100 times in the national side. She is a former captain of the Australian national netball team and has been a regular in the Australian team since representing the nation in the Under 21 team in 1996. She was also the youngest member of the Australian team which won the netball gold medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. She captained the Australian team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and was selected as the Australian flag-bearer for the opening ceremony.
"Every child deserves the opportunity to live life and have fun in a positive environment. Let’s help their dreams come true".
Although cycling was in his blood, Shane initially played cricket, football and then basketball at a very high level aged 7 to 14. It wasn’t until the age of 14 that he jumped on his bike and enjoyed instant success winning the Victorian Sprint Championship.
Within three months of taking up cycling, he had qualified to compete at the U15 Australian National Championship in Sydney, where he won two gold medals and broke two Australian records in the process. Shane has since taken out multiple Sprint and Keirin Australian Championship titles along with numerous UCI Track World Cup Sprints and Keirin victories. Following his Silver medal in the Sprint at the UCI Track World Championships in 2010, he went one better in 2011 when he took home gold in the Keirin at the World Championships.
He also represented Australia in the London 2012 Olympic Games winning a bronze medal and was a gold medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.
Matthew has played on tour for six years mostly in Australia and Asia. He completed a Commerce degree and represented Australia before turning professional at the age of 25. Over the last four years he has had five wins including the 2014 Victorian Open and Korean PGA. He also won the 2013 One Asia Order of Merit. In 2015 Matt will compete mainly on the Japanese Tour and also back home in Australia.
Andrew 'Andy' Maher
Australian sports journalist and television sports presenter for Network Ten and co-host and presenter on Melbourne Radio Station SEN Afternoons and Inside the Ropes. He is best known for covering Australian rules football and the Big Bash League for Network Ten television, as well as hosting The Fifth Quarter and AFL review program Before the Game. He also hosted a Network 7 pre-game show ahead of the inaugural AFL Women's match in Feb 2017.