Meet our Celebrity Ambassadors – UNICEF Australia

Our ambassadors

UNICEF works with Goodwill Ambassadors around the world who are committed to giving every child a fair chance. They generously give their time, energy and pro bono passion to help raise awareness of our work to protect the world’s children, no matter what.

Our Global Goodwill Ambassadors include Serena Williams, Katy Perry and Liam Neeson, all of whom have generously contributed to UNICEF’s global campaigns. You can see the full list of Global Goodwill Ambassadors here.

In Australia, we work with dedicated and passionate Australians with a profile to do amazing things. They provide a recognizable voice for our campaigns and provide opportunities to engage new audiences in our mission to make the world a better place for every child. A huge thank you to each of them for their support, their donations and their passion.

Adam Liaw

Australian Malaysian chef, TV presenter and author Adam Liaw has been a dedicated ambassador for UNICEF Australia for many years. He won the second round of MasterChef and lives with his beautiful family of five in Sydney. He traveled to Jordan with UNICEF and saw the work of our teams in the field. You can watch a video of his trip here.

Brooke Boney

Kara Collins - People Manager

Boney is a Gamilaroi woman who grew up in Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales. She became known for using the traditional Gamilaroi greeting from “Yaama” when introducing herself at the start of Triple J’s newscasts. She is now Channel 9’s Today Entertainment presenter and hosts a podcast. A key activist and voice for Australia’s Indigenous communities, Brooke uses her platform to advocate for Closing the Gap and Recognizing Australia’s Traditional Owners.

Callan McAuliffe

Callan McAuliffeCallan McAuliffe is an Australian actor, best known for his roles as a young Jay Gatsby in the 2013 film The Great Gatsby and Alden in The Walking Dead. Callan has been a huge supporter of our emergency appeals, continued support through COVID-19 and is passionate about raising awareness of inequality around the world.

Carrie Bickmore

Tony Stuart - Chairman and CEO

Carrie Bickmore, a long-time UNICEF Australia Ambassador, is a UNICEF Australia Ambassador. Carrie currently hosts The Project on Network 10 and Carrie & Tommy on Hit Network. She is a big advocate for our Mother’s Day campaign every year and has inspired her audience to fund amazing neonatal projects in East Asia Pacific. We like this piece she wrote for Vogue in 2020 for our International Day of the Girl campaign.

Erica Packer

Erica Packer

Erica Packer is an Australian model. She has three children and lives on the West Coast of the United States. Originally from Gunnedah in rural NSW, she is passionate about raising children and has funded incredible progress in Cambodia and Laos through the Erica Packer Project. In 2021, she made possible a bushfire program that provided community grants to the most affected areas.

Professor Fiona Stanley

Kara Collins - People ManagerProfessor Fiona Stanley is an Australian epidemiologist renowned for her work in public health, her research on child and maternal health, and Indigenous health access. Former Australian of the Year and UNICEF Australia Ambassador, she is passionate about UNICEF’s routine immunization programs for children and regional health security for Australia’s closest neighbours.

Ken does

Nicole Breeze - Director of Australian Programs

Iconic Australian artist Ken Done has been an ambassador for over 30 years! During this time he has dedicated time, artwork and energy to supporting our work around the world. A strong supporter of Universal Children’s Day in November each year, Ken has taken on the challenge of art lessons for children and has even exhibited Australian children’s art in his gallery at The Rocks. You can read on Highlights of Ken as an ambassador here.

Michael Cheka

Michael Cheka

Michael Cheika is a Lebanese-Australian rugby coach and former player. He coached the Australian national team from 2014 to 2019. In 2015 he was awarded the World Rugby Coach of the Year award and is now director of rugby for the Green Rockets in Japan and coach of the Lebanon national rugby team. He was a huge supporter of our response to the Beirut explosions in August 2020, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the most vulnerable.

Mitch Tambo

Kara Collins - People Manager

Mitch Tambo is a proud Gamilaraay, Australian singer and songwriter who released his debut EP in 2016. In 2019, he reached the ninth series finale of Australia’s Got Talent and garnered national attention. In November 2019, Tambo was signed with Sony Music Australia. He is a huge advocate for Indigenous culture and has spent time traveling Australia educating young people about Indigenous culture and our connection to the country.

pat cummins

pat cummins Pat Cummins is an Australian cricketer, father and equal rights advocate. Living in Sydney, Pat has spent much of her life traveling the world, which has sparked a passion for protecting the world’s most vulnerable children. During India’s COVID crisis in 2021, Pat was a driving force behind the Australian cricket community’s support of UNICEF’s response. His amazing gift has helped us ship essential oxygen plants to hospitals all over India.

Rachel Haynes

Rachel Haynes

Rachael Haynes is an Australian cricketer, mum to Hugo, and came on board as UNICEF Australia Ambassador at the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. She has joined our For Every campaign Girl who highlighted the gender gap in sport and the potential of girls everywhere. be who they want to be. She joined compatriot Alex Blackwell ahead of the World Cup to be interview with brave 11-year-old Gemma, which you can watch here.

Dr. Susan Carland

Kara Collins - People Manager

Dr. Susan Carland is an Australian scholar, author, feminist and television presenter best known for her continued presence in the media speaking about her academic specialty of women in Islam. An avid supporter of UNICEF’s work, Susan began her journey as an ambassador by donating $1 to UNICEF for every hateful comment she received on her social media. Susan has participated in several campaigns, including recording a Vaccination Diary Video alongside her husband Waleed Aly to help Australians feel confident about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Tammin Sursok

Tammin SursokTammin Sursok is an Australian actress and singer of South African descent. She is known for her role in At home and away and Pretty little Liars. She now hosts a podcast, shares honest stories about parenting her two daughters on social media, and is an outspoken mental health advocate. She is a huge supporter of our gender equality programs and her little ones have gotten involved in our Universal Children’s Day Creative Challenges.

Tara Moss

Tara MossTara Moss is a Canadian-Australian writer, documentary filmmaker and presenter, journalist and UNICEF Australia Ambassador. Over the past few years, her incredible activism and work for disability access and normalizing the use of wheelchairs and canes. She wrote a fantastic article for us on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities which you can read here.

Tim Cahill

Tim CahillTim Cahill is a former Australian professional footballer. Tim has worked with UNICEF Australia for several years advocating for children’s rights and has been a fantastic supporter of Universal Children’s Day which takes place on November 20 each year.

The Wiggles

Kara Collins - People ManagerWho doesn’t love the Wiggles? Australian Children’s Animators have been around for decades, providing fun and community to families across Australia. From the start, they have been passionate ambassadors, helping to educate children about the issues that matter. From hand washing songs for toddlers to special messages for our supporters, the Wiggles have been dedicated and passionate supporters of our work to protect every child and we love having them on our extended team!

Will Genia

Will Genia Will Genia, is an Australian rugby union player born in Papua New Guinea (PNG), currently playing scrum-half for Kintetsu Liners in Japan. With many of his family members still in PNG, he is proud of his heritage and partners with us to raise awareness of key issues across Asia-Pacific.

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