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Celebrity Ambassadors

We are privileged to have the support of a number of Kiwi ambassadors, who are dedicated to raising the profile of Child Cancer Foundation through their network and platform.

Richie and Sophie Mo’unga

Richie Mo’unga needs no introduction among Kiwi rugby fans, as the Crusaders and All Blacks playmaker who has helped his teams to multiple victories since his Super Rugby debut in 2017. He and his wife Sophie came on board as Child Cancer Foundation ambassadors in 2019. The husband and wife team are very family-orientated and are passionate about helping children.

“There are some incredibly brave young people out there going through battles far harder and scarier than anything we encounter on the rugby field,” says Richie. “It is an absolute honour to show our support of these kids and of Child Cancer Foundation.”

Happy Mum Happy Child

Maria Foy, otherwise known as Happy Mum Happy Child, is a full-time mum of two who blogs about her experience of the joys and challenges of motherhood. Her passion is helping other Kiwi mums realise they aren’t alone.

After spontaneously shaving her head to raise money for Child Cancer Foundation and two other Kiwi charities in 2020, Maria came on board as an official ambassador this year. We are so grateful for her infectious energy and passion to make a difference!

Love From Your Dads

Christian Newman and Mark Edwards are the husband and husband duo behind the Instagram account, Love From Your Dads, where they diarise their life for their gorgeous son Frankie. After documenting their surrogacy journey on social media, the family now has a devoted following of nearly 50k on Instagram.

Christian and Mark are excited to be able to support Kiwi kids through their platform, and we are thrilled to have their support.

Sophie Gray

Food writer, author, presenter, and former editor of Food magazine, Sophie is the face and inspiration behind Destitute Gourmet. With a background in professional cookery and her feet firmly planted in the realities of busy family life, her passion for the real deal is compelling and her honesty about her own experiences of feeding a family on a low budget are frank and relatable; making her a champion for the average kiwi household and the go-to for media comment on food-related issues.

Sophie has supported families of children with cancer in the past by putting on workshops around easy, affordable cooking for when your schedule is disrupted by hospital visits. We are so happy to have her back to help us again this year.

Claire Turnbull

Claire is a qualified, NZ-registered nutritionist who has been working in the health and wellness industry for over 16 years. Outside of her role as director of Mission Nutrition, she is the nutritionist for Healthy Food Guide and regularly features on TV, radio, online and in print media as a commentator on all things nutrition-related.

Outside of work, Claire loves going to the gym, adventuring outdoors, travelling and spending as much time as possible with her two boys, friends and family. We are so excited to have her on board.

Bernadine Oliver-Kerby

Bernadine is a familiar face in many New Zealand households, after a successful 25-year career as a broadcaster for TVNZ, Newstalk ZB, Coast FM and now Sky Sport. Bernadine has also been an incredible supporter of Child Cancer Foundation since 2009, fronting up our national campaigns in both 2013 and 2014.

We are so grateful for Bernadine’s ongoing compassion and commitment to raising the profile of Child Cancer Foundation among New Zealanders.

Cory Bennett and George Muir

We are stoked to have New Zealand hockey stars Cory Bennett and George Muir on board as ambassadors this year. With over 250 Blacksticks caps between them, the pair are excited to bring the same dedication to supporting children with cancer as they do to the hockey pitch.

Parenting Place

Parenting Place is a charity with a heart for New Zealand families. They offer a range of programmes, family coaching and resources which are designed to inspire, encourage and support the strengthening of relationships within Kiwi families.

We are delighted to have the Parenting Place on board as ambassadors and can’t wait to work together to share some of their incredible resources with the whānau we support.

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