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The Hon. Will Hodgman

Patron

The Hon. Will Hodgman is the Patron of Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision.

Will has been passionately involved with Maddie’s Vision, particularly in supporting the establishment of the Alex Gadomski fellowship for medical graduates to undertake study towards a PhD through the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania.  

Will was the 45th Premier of Tasmania, and an energetic, hardworking member of the Tasmanian Parliament from 2002 to 2020.

Prior to his Parliamentary career he practised as a Barrister and Solicitor in Tasmania and the United Kingdom, including in child protection.  

Will is very proud to know the Riewoldt family, and to be part of the mission to deliver Maddie’s wish of finding a cure for Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes.

Brendan Fevola 

Ambassador

Brendan Fevola is a former Australian Rules Footballer who played for Carlton and the Brisbane Lions.  Some of Brendan's incredible career highlights include being 7 x Carlton's leading goalkicker, 2 x Coleman Medalist, three time All Australian and Michael Tuck Medalist.

The AFL superstar is now on FOX FM, Melbourne's number 1 breakfast show radio, with Fifi, Fev and Byron.  

Brendon is proud to support Maddie Riewoldt's Vision, he is a long time friend of the charity and is now thrilled to be an official ambassador.


Alex Fevola & Family

Ambassadors

Alex is the CEO and Founder of Runway Room cosmetics. Alex's career started in photography, before branching into her highly successful career at Runway Room. Alex is a long time supporter of the Maddie Riewoldt's Vision and is super excited to be involved as an official ambassador.

Mia Fevola is a Runway Room ambassador, and Mia is thrilled to be part of such a beautiful foundation.

We also welcome baby Tobi, Leni and Lulu Fevola - The Fevola children, are excited to support in any way they can!


Dee Dee Dunleavy

Ambassador

Dee Dee was once crowned the Queen of Melbourne radio, having clocked up nearly four decades in the media as a journalist, newsreader, radio host and writer.  Dee Dee started her working life as a cadet journalist with Standard Newspapers in 1980, moving from The Town Crier to the Frankston Standard, where in 1986 she made the leap to radio as a journalist and newsreader at Fox FM.   After 13 years at Fox, Dee Dee moved to Gold FM where she co-anchored the breakfast show and presented the news. 

In 2000 she joined Melbourne’s top-rating 3AW line-up.  We were delighted to hear that starting at the beginning of 2020, Dee Dee is now hosting her dream job, 3AW afternoons!

Dee Dee also enjoyed one of Australia’s longest-running radio partnerships with her friend and co-host Peter “Grubby” Stubbs. The pair were on 3AW The Weekend Break, and Dee Dee also hosted a popular Friday night show Trending which looked at the latest trends in all areas of our daily lives.  She has also hosted 3AW’s Breakfast, Afternoon, and Drive shifts, and appeared on Mornings with Neil Mitchell.  She recently hosted The Morning Mix on the Talking Lifestyle network, and in Life and Times on Sunday afternoons she interviewed some of Australia’s most successful people. 

Dee Dee and her husband Kieran, a solid plasterer, are renovating a Victorian home in Melbourne’s north-east, and they have two young adult children.

Dee Dee is fanatical about sport, in particular the St Kilda Football Club, as well as Cricket and was a foundation Ambassador for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League. She is also dedicated to supporting a number of charities, as an Ambassador for Children First Foundation and supporting the O’Brien Institute’s research into tissue engineering, as well as volunteering at Vincent Paul aged care centre in Mont Albert. DeeDee was one of our first Ambassadors.


Nick Dal Santo

Ambassador

Following an impressive AFL career for 15 years as a key midfielder, Nick is an experienced media presenter, businessman, corporate speaker, Board member, and valued community and brand ambassador to a number of partners.

Nick particularly enjoys working with young people across a number of Secondary Schools to develop leadership capability, and contributes to developing football skills in the game through coaching across the AFL and St Kilda Development Academy’s.

When Nick isn’t busy working in the world of sport and business, he loves spending time with his friends and family, wife Julie, and three young children, Jude, Aston and Pia.

Nick is also known for his love of golf, and will always make time to enjoy a round, or few.

Josh Bruce

Ambassador

Josh Bruce was born in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. He started playing football for Eastlake Football Club, before being drafted to Greater Western Sydney Giants.

Josh made his AFL debut in 2012, at Manuka Oval in Canberra. Josh is continuing he professional Australian Football League Career with the Western Bulldogs, Josh also played for the St Kilda Football Club, as number 27. Bruce was St Kilda's leading goalkicker in 2015. In May 2019 he played his 100th AFL game.

Josh Bruce is passionate about causes such as Maddie’s Vision. He has a strong personal connection with the Riewoldt Family. Josh was recently married to Penelope and he is the proud father of Poppy.


Emma Inglis

Ambassador

Emma has played Elite Cricket for the past 14 Years representing Victoria, the Melbourne Renegades, the Melbourne Stars and the Australian Shooting Stars. During her time at Victoria she captained for 3 years, including leading the team to 1 out of their 3 consecutive T20 titles. Emma also experienced playing 5 tours with the Shooting Stars and was a member of the touring squad to play Pakistan in T20’s in 2014.

Within cricket, Emma has been involved in the Maddie's Shield and T20 charity matches in her role as Prahran Cricket Club women’s captain. The games have been a great success and raised much needed funds to aid bone marrow failure research. Emma also currently plays AFL football for Williamstown in the VFLW league.

Off field, Emma is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and has completed her Masters of Dietetics at Deakin University in Melbourne. Prior to her Masters, Emma completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition.

Emma was drawn to study nutrition after seeing the impact the right diet can have on health and performance in sport and also in life. Emma's experience lead her to become a dietitian at a VFL football club and also in a hospital in Melbourne's north.

Emma is passionate about helping everyone achieve their healthiest self and will work with each individual to find out what a healthier life looks like for them.

Leigh Montagna

Ambassador

Leigh Montagna started playing football at the Northern Knights Football club in Preston, Victoria. In 2001 Leigh was drafted to St Kilda Football Club where he played 287 and 16 seasons including 3 Grand Finals and represented Australia on 3 International Rules series.

Leigh played alongside and shared a locker next to great friend, and team mate Nick Riewoldt for that whole 16 years.

Leigh and his family have been friends of the Riewoldt family for over 18 years. Leigh's wife Erinn was also a friend of Maddie. Leigh and Erinn have a young son Noah and Nick is a proud godfather to Noah.

After his retirement in 2017, Leigh now works in the Media for Triple MMM and Fox Sports and commentates the AFL and AFLW for MMM radio and Fox Footy.

Leigh is also working in football as an opposition analyst. He lives in Albert Park and has a spoodle Alfie, loves socialising with friends, going nice restaurants and is also into most sports, including being a keen golfer.


Luke Ball

Ambassador

Luke has a strong personal connection to Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision, having been a close team mate and friend of Maddie’s brother (MRV Chair) Nick, and by extension the Riewoldt family over the years.

This connection has grown stronger in recent times, having become a father to three girls, Violet,  Emme baby Pippa!  

Luke grew up in a sporting mad family, and as a kid always dreamt of playing AFL footy like his heroes. He was fortunate enough to play over 200 games for the St Kilda and Collingwood Football Clubs, finishing up in 2014.

Whilst playing, Luke completed a Bachelor of Business & Commerce, at Monash University.

Having tried his hand at various media roles post retirement, Luke is currently working in a coaching and leadership role at the Essendon FC; relishing working with young, driven, curious, and most importantly humble, people; in their pursuit of reaching their full potential.

Alana King

Ambassador

Alana started playing cricket at the age of 9 at Oakleigh Cricket club. Alana's brother and father were her biggest influences for her to play cricket.

At the age of 13, Alana was selected to play for Victoria in a u13 schools tournament. Oakleigh Cricket club was of great guidance for Alana in her junior years, playing along side boys helped Alana strengthen her game and expose her to the different aspects of the game. Playing at Oakleigh until 17, she was lucky enough to play in 2 winning grand finals. At the age of 13, Alana started playing Women's Premier Cricket for Dandenong Women's Cricket Club.

As Alana's cricket career grew she was selected for Victoria for under 13 and Under 15 teams. In 2010, a VicSpirit opportunity came about allowing Alana to learn a huge amount from senior players as well as a lot about fitness, diet and training. She was to be able to take her cricket to the next level.

In 2015/16 season Alana made the decision to move to Prahran. During that same season she was also given the opportunity to play for Melbourne Stars for the inaugural season of the WBBL01. Continuing to work hard a club level to again be given the opportunity with VicSpirit.

In 2017 Alana also had the fabulous opportunity to be part of the Cricket Australia squads and was picked for Australia A to tour Sri Lanka in 2017, as well as a CA X1 to play against England in a tour match, prior to the Ashes that year.

Today, 4 seasons on from her first WBBL, Alana is still with the Melbourne Stars and will be representing Victoria for her 4th consecutive season 2019/2020.

Brendon Goddard

Ambassador

One of the most damaging players in the AFL, Brendon Goddard's 334 game career provided passion, skill and character which saw him be one of the most respected players in the AFL. The first pick in the 2002 NAB AFL Draft, the Saints were impressed by Goddard’s outstanding disposal, excellent endurance and speed, and strong hands both in the air and at ground level.

Goddard represented Australia in the U17 AIS/Academy team that toured Ireland in 2002 and Victorian Country in 2002 U18 Championships where he was named in the All Australian.

In recent years, Goddard has become one of the games’ best players, highlighted with All Australian selection in 2009 and 2010 as the Saints reached the AFL Grand Final. He also finished top three in St Kilda’s Best and Fairest, averaging 27 and 28 possessions per game in each season and was one of the club’s most consistent finals performers. Goddard’s spectacular mark and goal late in the 2010 Grand Final against Collingwood sits as one of the greatest highlights of all-time.

After 205 games with the Saints, Goddard would be one of the first to move clubs through free Agency in 2012 to the Bombers where he would win their best and fairest award in his first year. Goddard provided his new club with a player capable of providing drive in a number of different positions.

2017 saw Brendon continue to excel as he played all 23 games, including an elimination final. Brendon also played his 300th game in round 11 against GWS, a remarkable achievement. Whilst 2017 was Brendon’s 15th season in the AFL, he has shown only signs of further development, averaging 26.7 disposals a game, his best since arriving at Essendon.

After 334 games Goddard goes down as one of the most decorated players to play the game in the past decade. WHAT IS HE DOING NOW..... GOLF?

Darcy Vescio

Ambassador

Darcy is a Carlton AFLW player. She played in the inaugural season in 2017 and won the league’s leading goal kicker.

Hailing from Wangaratta, Darcy started playing football at 5 years of age, following in the footsteps of her older brother Zeb. She was forced out of the game at 14, as there were no opportunities for women and girls to play in Wangaratta at the time.

After moving to Melbourne for university studies, Darcy had the opportunity to pull the boots back on and resume her career. At 23, she has played senior women’s football for 5 seasons with the Darebin Falcons in the VFL. During this time, she’s played in 4 premierships and represented Victoria on multiple occasions.

Darcy has also been an AFL Multicultural Ambassador since the beginning of 2016. Outside of football, Darcy works as a graphic designer at Carlton FC. She has worked on their AFLW guernsey design as well as the inaugural year GameChanger campaign.

Growing up supporting St Kilda, Darcy followed Maddie Riewoldt’s journey and wanted to help in any way possible when the opportunity arose.


Sam Wood

Ambassador

Sam is one of Australia’s leading health & fitness experts with 20 years experience in the fitness industry.

Sam shot to fame starring as the Australian Bachelor in 2015 but is better known these days as the health, fitness & family guy. As the founder of Australia’s fastest growing online training and nutrition program, 28 by Sam Wood, Sam has had a positive impact on over 200,000 people around the world. The reason for this success is Sam’s ability to relate. He keeps things simple and is able to explain what works and just as importantly, what doesn’t.

From a humble fitness instructor at his University gym during his Exercise Science degree transitioning to personal trainer and now, successful business owner.

Spanning two decades, Sam has done it all. Sam launched Gecko Sports, Australia’s first ever kids gym, back in 2007 and grew it to 30 franchises.

Today, Sam is the proud owner of The Woodshed (Australia’s largest personal training studio), the face and founder of 28 by Sam Wood and celebrity trainer and regular media commentator.

Sam is also the author of two best selling books ’28 by Sam Wood’ and ‘7 Minutes to Better Health’. He is a well-respected contributor to a number of Australian print and digital media.

He is the health and fitness expert for leading premium lifestyle magazine Domain Review and contributes regularly to a number of online publications covering business, fitness and fatherhood.   You can also see Sam on  Better Homes and Gardens, as a Health and Lifestyle presenter.

Above all, Sam is a proud family man. He and his wife Snezana (who he met on The Bachelor), recently welcomed their third daughter.

Fifi Box

Ambassador

Fifi Box is one of the most popular radio and television personalities in Australia. As host of Fox FM’s stellar breakfast show, Fifi, Fev and Byron, the popular personality is well and truly living her dream. Fifi is also heard across the HIT Network every Sunday (5-6pm) on Boxed in with Fifi Box!

You will also see Fifi regularly appear as a guest host on Network Ten’s prime-time show, The Project. Fifi joins panelists Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly & Pete Hellier to dissect, digest and reconstruct each days’ news. Fifi is also a regular on Have You Been Paying Attention?

Fifi has carved an enviable career for herself working with some of the biggest and best names in the business. Fifi previously co-hosted the national Today Radio Network National Drive show with Jules Lund, sharing her unique take on life and funny stories with the program’s listeners around the country.

Fifi has been a major player in Australian radio for the last 14 years. Having started work as a radio producer Fifi has a good solid grounding in what makes entertainment work. Fifi was already an established radio personality before she danced her way into the hearts of Australians in 2007 on Seven’s Dancing with the Stars.

Her vivacious personality not only charmed the tough judges but so impressed the network executives she took over the prestigious weather presenter job on Sunrise before moving onto Entertainment Editor.

Australian radio and television audiences know Fifi is genuine and generous – she shared her pregnancies with her listeners and viewers and was inundated with congratulations when beautiful Beatrix Belle was born in April 2013 and beautiful Daisy Belle in 2019.


Bob Murphy

Ambassador

Growing up in Warragul, Victoria, Bob Murphy started playing football for Warragul, Gippsland Power and then Western Bulldogs.

Bob Murphy was drafted to the Western Bulldogs with the 13th Pick in the 1999 AFL draft.17 years and 312 games later, Murphy has gone on to be one of the most respected Bulldogs to pull on the jumper.

A two time All Australian member and captain of the club. Murphy was the ultimate team man who unfortunately missed out on the Bulldogs 2016 Premiership, due to suffering a season ending knee injury in round 4 that year.

Murphy is just as respected off the field as he is on it, with his humble nature and bubbly personality always present. Known as one of the great story tellers Murphy is now seen and heard on Fox Footy and SEN radio.

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