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Bravehearts Ambassadors share our Vision to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child. Coming from a variety of public roles, our Ambassadors stand as proud advocates and public supporters of survivors of child sexual assault.

By lending their high-profile support, our Ambassadors assist us to continue to raise awareness of the crime of child sexual assault and encourage survivors to speak out and break the silence. We are extremely gratefully for their commitment to Bravehearts and for their willingness to bring this challenging subject to the forefront of public awareness.


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Bob Atkinson AO APM

Bravehearts’ Ambassador in Chief
Former Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse; Commissioner of Queensland Police Service for 12 years. 44-years serving in the Queensland Police Service, incl. as a detective for 20 years and acted as the police prosecutor in various Magistrates Courts during this period. Commissioner Atkinson oversaw reforms after the Fitzgerald inquiry from 1990 as well as the Public Sector Management Commission Review and Report Recommendations of the Queensland Police Service in 1993.

“The Community looks for leadership from organisations and institutions today as they have always done. Sadly many have failed in the past. True leadership is about being able to determine what we should be doing and Bravehearts is one such organisation that shows this true leadership.”


Amelia Ayris

Junior Ambassador
Actress, Singer and Model

Amelia Ayris is a young Actress, Singer and Model. She’s worked in Films, TV Series including Grace Beside Me and Professional Theatre (Australian Tour of The Sound of Music). Amelia is lending her hand now to Writing and Producing films and web series about issues facing Children. Amelia is passionate about promoting Cyber Safety to her peers.

“I’m so honoured to be a Young Ambassador of Bravehearts. I want to use my platform to give a Voice to those kids who need our help.”

Natalie Gruzlewski

Channel Nine TV Personality

“This is such an important issue that affects so many kids and their families, yet getting involved in White Balloon Day  by donating or raising awareness is so simple and will make such a big difference to the support services that Bravehearts provides in the community. As a mum there is nothing more important to me than protecting kids and I am proud to support the amazing work that Bravehearts does.”

Matt Doran

Network Ten Presenter

 “My work as a journalist has opened my eyes to the horrors confronting children across the globe, and it is a fight I believe all Australians must take up. What could be more important than supporting an organisation that’s proven so effective in protecting Australia’s most vulnerable? We are at a special moment in history in terms of child protection: survivors are finding their voice, and the criminals – even those who thought they were beyond the law – are increasingly being held to account.  It is a great honour to be part of this amazing organisation as they help to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.”

Heidi Middleton

Co-Founder, Sass & Bide

“I’m proud to be associated with a cause that is dedicated to making Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child. I’m constantly inspired by the Bravehearts team who are driven to create positive change, educate kids and raise awareness about this important issue.”

James Courtney

Holden Racing Team Driver

“Bravehearts has been at the forefront of raising awareness of child sexual abuse for almost two decades and if I can be a part of making a difference for our children and their children then I am proud to support in any way.”

Edwina Royce

Junior Ambassador
Actor, House Husbands

“Bravehearts and Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure show visited my school to teach children ways to protect themselves. This was the first time I was introduced to the Bravehearts cause and I found the whole experience to be fun and I learnt a lot.  I now want to raise funds and awareness for Bravehearts so more children are visited by Bravehearts.”

Peta Searle

Assistant Coach, St Kilda AFL Club

“Child sexual abuse is an ugly and confronting topic, and with many cases not reported or managed it is too easily brushed under the carpet. I am eager to bring awareness to the issue through conversations that empower children and give them a much-needed voice. Through my involvement with Bravehearts, I also work towards providing support for families of victims and education regarding protective behaviours to ensure we are creating a safer place for our children to grow and prosper.”

Nathan Little

Big Brother Contestant 2013

“It is a surprising, terrifying and a hidden reality that 1 in 5 Australian children are subjected to sexual abuse. I was one of those children. I know what an effect it continues to have on my life and relationships, in ways that I am still discovering as I get older. Stand with me and say enough is enough. No other issue deserves more attention.”

Jimmy Maher


“I am honoured to be an ambassador of Bravehearts and I am committed to help the team in the quest to eradicate child sexual assault. In order to do this it is crucial that organisations such as Bravehearts exist.  As a proud father of 3 beautiful children I am committed to doing whatever I can to assist this magnificent organisation achieve all it can in order to one day hopefully becoming redundant!  It is terrifying to think one in five children are subjected to child sexual assault so the enormity of the task at hand cannot be taken lightly … there is lots of work to be done!! Be positive and let’s make a difference!”

Amy Cure

Professional Cyclist

“I’ve personally seen the affects childhood abuse has on people; 1 in 5 being a victim of sexual abuse in Australia. These statistics need to change!!!! Come on Australia, let’s get behind this organisation. Join me in my passion in lowering these statistics and in educating, empowering and protecting our kids!”

Matthew Rennie

Managing Partner - Power and Utilities, Ernst & Young

Matt Rennie is the Global leader of EY’s Power and Utilities transactions business, and the leader of EY’s Australian Power and Utilities business.

He holds a Masters degree in Economics and Post Graduate qualifications in Applied Finance and Investment. Matt has worked with numerous not-for-profit boards and incorporated associations over the past ten years and is passionate about advancing the safety and welfare of children in Australian society.