Murray Schoorman is a Victorian based celebrity photographer.
“I choose to work with Child Wise as they are small but do BIG things around the globe. I value Child Wise work in prevention and admire their foresight to work in high-risk regions overseas. I feel that while I grow my business, I can contribute more and more to Child Wise’s growth too. I am proud to be able to offer my services to photograph & video all of the Child Wise events throughout the year and I look forward to sharing their success moving forward.”
John Clark & Daniel Seehusen - Ride2Rescue
Danny and John recently completed a 24,000km journey on bicycles from London to Melbourne as part of Ride2Rescue to increase awareness of child trafficking. The pair co-founded Ride2Rescue, a not-for-profit organisation with the sole purpose to complete events to increase awareness and funds to help combat child trafficking.This epic ride saw the pair cross through three continents, ten time zones, twenty seven countries, hundreds of towns, a variety of cultures and they have now joined forces with Child Wise to further diminish child abuse and trafficking.
"We are extremely excited to be ambassadors of Child Wise and look forward to creating more events and taking on more cycling challenges to increase further awareness and funds to combat child abuse’"
Dom Tyson is an Australian rules footballer currently listed with the Greater Western Sydney Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was drafted to the Giants with the third selection in the 2011 AFL Draft, having previously played for Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup. A resident of Camberwell, Victoria, Tyson captained the Chargers in 2011 and graduated from Trinity Grammar School. We are very proud to have Dom as an ambassador to Child Wise.
"It is very exciting to be involved with such a great organisation in Child Wise. The issue of physical abuse and sexual abuse of children is extremely prevalent in Australia and recognised as an urgent issue in society globally. To assist in raising awareness of Child Wise is critical for not only minimising the abuse of children but also providing direct support through a professional helpline. It is exciting to be on board and looking forward to contributing" - Dom Tyson
Justin O'Neill is an Australian professional rugby league player and one of the quickest players for the NRL's Melbourne Storm. Justin was part of the Melbourne Storm's under 20s premiership winning team in 2009. He originated from Hughenden in North Queensland and attended The Cathedral School in Townsville. Justin has recently been selected in the 2012 Queensland Emerging Origin squad. Justin is of Vanuatuan heritage and has declared himself eligible for the Vanuatu national rugby league team. He has completed a Diploma of Sports Management and is looking forward to further study in sports science and sports psychology.
"I am thrilled to join the Child Wise team as an Australian ambassador. I look forward to promoting awareness of child protection, exploitation and sexual abuse, along with raising well-needed funds. I am super excited about future collaboration between the NRL and Child Wise." - Justin O'Neill
Sarah "Missy" Howett
Professional boxer, actor and stunt woman, Sarah is knocking on the door of the world stage, ranked in the top ten boxers in the world… and counting! A former undefeated kickboxer, muay thai fighter and South Pacific & Victorian champion, “Missy” made the decision to focus solely on professional boxing after a trip to the annual WBC convention in Chengdu, China, 2008. With a professional fighting record of eleven fights for ten wins and four by way of knockout, Sarah’s aim is to fight the best females in the world.
Sarah was a former Gladiator on channel 7’s revival of the hit show in 2008 as the role of ‘Viper’. Sarah has her own production company called ‘No Dramas’, which she runs when she has down time from fighting and films. Combining acting and fighting together, Sarah is working towards becoming Australia’s first real action film heroine!
"Children have such a beautiful outlook on life. Everything is new, exciting & has to be explored. Their innocence and open hearted trust is magnificent. Many adults could learn a lot from this way of thinking. Being an Aunty to two amazingly creative nieces & two cheekily scrumptious nephews, I would protect them with my life. ChildWise is so incredibly important because they are the Warrior’s of protecting the treasure of the World; the children. "
Mike Munro has had an extensive career working in the Australian news sector. Mike began his working life as a copy boy in newspapers at seventeen, and spent ten years in newspapers, including two years in New York as a foreign correspondent covering America for newspapers in Australia and Britain. Mike has also been a 60 Minutes reporter, the host of "This is Your Life" and "A Current Affair", a newsreader and former host of "Sunday Night" on the Seven Network, the station where he is currently employed as a news reporter.
"In society everything is based around the child. Our relationships, health, schooling and, above all, our future. If we can't care for and protect our children then, as a society, we are doomed. and it matters not whether they're on the street, on drugs or safe and sound in the family home. Our children are everything."
Alex DeAraugo is from Bendigo Victoria. Alex is better known in Bendigo as AD, a breakfast radio announcer on the AL and AD for Breakfast program on Star FM which he co-hosts with Al Sheild every weekday morning.
Alex started in Radio in year ten as a work experience student from Catholic College Bendigo and has been with Southern Cross Aus Stereo ever since. He has had stints in Mt Buller for the snow season, Shepparton and on his return to Bendigo secured the position of Breakfast Show co-host. In 2011, Alex and his co-host Al were awarded the prestigious ACRA award for Best on Air Team in The Provincial Market Australia wide. Alex comes from a musical family background and enjoys singing on occasions, he also has a keen interest in helping young aspiring musicians get exposure on the radio wherever possible.
"I was blessed with a happy healthy childhood and believe all kids should have that right. Children are the future and we should protect our future at any cost."
Chantelle Raleigh's composition of talents include presenting, acting, modeling and dancing. Her adaptable and quick learning approach means she is fast becoming one of Australia’s most popular up-and-coming national personalities. With her natural passion to perform and her disciplined execution she is ready to give her passport a similar work out by presenting on a travel show program. Chantelle’s versatility and enthusiastic approach has led to some very exciting acting adventures, most recently in a support lead role as Fleur in Working Dog’s Any Questions For Ben? She has appeared on Arena’s Project Runway and will also feature in reality show on Arena. In 2010, Chantelle hosted the Child Wise Gala Event and she continues to represent Child Wise as an Ambassador.
Jamie has been working professionally as an actor, comedian, writer, improvisor and MC both in Australia and overseas, since graduating from B.A.P.A ((Ballarat Academy of performing Arts) in 1997. Some past film and TV credits include ‘Strange bedfellows’, ‘3 dollars’, ‘Blue Heelers, ‘Bogan Pride’ and Stingers. You may also know him as the Jester from the Carpet court ad’s and Jeff from the current Nissan Navara’s “Australian’s most powerful tradie” ad’s. Jamie has also been a valued ensemble member of Impro Melbourne for over 10 years. This has seen him perform weekly around Melbourne as well as every year at the Melbourne International comedy festival. He has also performed interstate, and internationally in Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. Read More....
For those of you that don't 'know' me, my name is Steve Lucas. I have 'fronted' many bands but X is probably the most well-known. For the last 34 years I have been a 'practicing' musician. Throughout these years I have been able to achieve some level of fame or notoriety and have done many charity gigs and events both in Australia and abroad. I have been involved with all sorts of causes, cancer research, MS etc - so what makes this one special? Why after all this time do I ask to become a spokesperson for Child Wise? Maybe it is because as a parent myself, the idea of child abuse on any level is simply abhorrent to me. Maybe it is because the victims are so defenceless that it kicks my paternal nature into overdrive! Read More....
Blue King Brown
Blue King Brown, Australia’s premier live urban roots band, joined Child Wise as Ambassadors for the ‘Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People’ campaign in partnership with The Body Shop Australia. The internationally acclaimed band is passionate about human rights issues that affect contemporary society. This is reflected in their music and ongoing social campaigning, spreading stories of national & international injustices. Blue King Brown supported the ‘Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People’ campaign by performing at the launch in Bourke Street Mall, as well as promoting the campaign whilst on tour and through their marketing materials and online networks.
From a reporter on local newspapers to the Chief of Staff in one of Melbourne's most successful newsrooms Darren Lunny has broken and covered some of the biggest stories in his twenty-year media career. After beginning his working life as a draftsman, horse riding instructor, painter and decorator and barman, Darren pursued his dream of becoming a journalist and was offered a cadetship at Leader Newspapers in 1994.Read More....
"I've never met a team of people more dedicated to eradicating the scourge of child exploitation and sexual abuse than the crew at Child Wise. There's no more important issue than protecting innocent kids from sexual predators and Child Wise is at the forefront of stamping out a worldwide problem. No less than 20 per cent of Australian children will be sexually abused, often by someone they know, and if becoming a Child Wise ambassador can help in some small way to reduce that number then why wouldn't I give it all the support I can muster." -Darren Lunny.
Tracy Alexander is a broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker. After completing a degree in cognitive psychology and theatre, Tracy worked as an actress before pursuing her passion in the factual content sphere. Embracing the multiple platforms available for storytelling, Tracy has worked as associate producer and researcher on several documentary projects including ‘Rewriting History’ (SBS 2012) while also contributing as a weekend news reporter for Sydney’s 2UE radio. She currently works in the newsroom at Southern Cross Austereo for Triple M and Fox FM. She is a published freelance journalist and budding children’s book author – her recent memoir piece was published in Good Reading Magazine. Tracy also produced and hosted a weekly arts and entertainment radio program for Bondi (88.0) FM before moving to Melbourne.
"The decisions we make in our adult lives are heavily influenced by the experiences we face throughout our formative years. It is so important that we nurture our children and ensure that their view of humanity and the world is not stained and corrupted. There is nothing more cruel than preying on those weaker than us, and I believe strongly in the work of Child Wise who have stepped in to defend our children against the horrors of sexual abuse, trafficking and exploitation." -Tracy Alexander