Meet our ambassadors

Meet our dedicated ambassadors helping raise awareness about the Royal Flying Doctor Service and calling on Australians to Flick us a Flynn.

Cam Knight

Comedian & TV presenter

Cam Knight is an Australian comedian and television personality who loves making Australian’s laugh.

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A familiar face on major comedy stages, including the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Cam is also the TV co-host of Channel 9’s Unreal Estate with Kate Langbroek. Cam has appeared on ABC’s Backseat Drivers, Soul Mates, How Not To Behave and Wham Bam Thankyou M’am. Cam has enjoyed time in the guest seat of The Today Show’s Mixed Grill and the morning show Studio 10.

Originally from Cummins, South Australia, Cam has lapped the country with theatre shows, comedy gigs and fringe festivals, corporate comedy and musical performances.

Cam is delighted to get behind Flick us a Flynn, and we suspect he’ll have some fun doing it too.

“I grew up in a small town of less than 1000 people in South Australia, and I’ve played my fair share of regional towns – it’s a long way from anywhere when you need medical and specialist help.

So, show the Flying Doctors some support and throw them a $20, well, not right at them, that would hurt.

All you need to do is donate a $20 note – and Flick us a Flynn to keep the Flying Doctor flying.“

– Cam Knight

Catriona Rowntree

TV Presenter, Mum and Farmer’s Wife 

Catriona has hosted the Number 1 travel show Getaway, for the last 23 years making her The Queen Of Travel. Married to a sheep and grain farmer, Catriona is a mum to two cheeky boys happily leading a double life and determined to do all that she can to give back to her community.

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From hosting Funniest Home Videos to Logies red carpet Arrivals, Catriona is a familiar face in Aussie loungerooms. With a passion for travel and reporting, and for life on the land, Catriona has a long association with rural and regional organisations that support people in the bush.

“Even if I didn’t have a Father who grew up in Quirindi, a brother farming in Muringo and myself now living on a sheep and grain property in regional Victoria and I’d still feel compelled to help the RFDS in any way I possibly can. I grew up in the city, but have always known of the lifesaving services that this selfless charity offers to those who can’t jump in the car and whip off to the hospital. Whilst they’re saving lives, this is the easiest way I can offer my help.’

 ‘Just point me in the right direction!’ If this is how I can support a service that is fundamental to the survival of others, I’m there. I’ll always have the back of RFDS, because one day they may be caring for mine.”

– Catriona Rowntree

Dani Venn

The Wholehearted Cook & Masterchef contestant 

Dani Venn is a Melbourne based celebrity cook, most widely known for her time as a finalist on MasterChef Australia in 2011 and as a MasterChef All Star in 2012.

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Food is her joy. Dani’s shares this others through her food and communications consultancy, Eat It Up Creative, her blog, The Wholehearted Cook and her Wholehearted Wellness Retreats. She also hosts her own cooking show Weekend Feast on Channel Ten.

With an interest in healthy eating and building healthy communities, Dani knows healthy communities goes beyond food. Dani is proud to support the Royal Flying Doctor Service by sharing their story.

“Healthy communities need support in so many ways, and the Royal Flying Doctors are an important part of that for so many Australian’s. I’ve heard stories of Australian’s who have much to be grateful for thanks to the Flying Doctors – they’ve provided them with emergency treatment, transport at confronting times and support and care in the air. Now it’s our turn to help keep the Flying Doctor flying.”

– Dani Venn

 

Emma Blomfield

Stylist, entrepreneur and author

Emma Blomfield is an entrepreneur, stylist and author who has inspired the style of many throughout Australia, offering pragmatic, innovative solutions to living in style at any stage of your life.

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Emma gracefully steers her passion for design via multiple platforms, and she’s recently added published author to her list of achievements with the release of her book ‘Home’.

She regularly hops on a Rex flight out to regional areas across Australia to teach homeowners how to decorate. She regularly escapes the hustle and bustle of city life to relax on her family farm in the Hunter Valley with her four fluffy donkeys.

“Having worked in areas of Australia teaching interior decorating workshops I’ve seen first hand how difficult it is to service those areas with the same medical services we have access to in the city (and regularly take for granted). With a family property in the Hunter Valley with no mobile reception we’ve had a number of close calls with accidents on machinery, and have witnessed numerous bushwalkers and motocross riders get lost and injured in the bush who have then been rescued by helicopter for immediate medical attention. It can go so wrong, so quickly. Without access to services like the Royal Flying Doctors many Australian’s wouldn’t be here to tell their tales. I’m delighted I can give back to the RFDS in some way. 

– Emma Blomfield

Gorgi Coghlan

Journalist / presenter

Gorgi is a regular co-host on Network Ten’s ‘The Project’, alongside Pete Hellier & Waleed Aly.

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With a background in news, current affairs, media, journalism, travel, musical theatre, science, education and professional singing Gorgi is one of Australia’s most well-rounded television presenters in the industry.

From her co-hosting role in the Logie Award winning morning show ‘The Circle’, her travel presenting on ‘The Today Show’ and ‘Postcards’ and her reporting for ‘Early Edition News’ and her signing roles on stage and in Channel 9’s ‘Carols by Candlelight’ she’s travelled the length and width of Australia.

Gorgi’s childhood on the family sheep farm near Warrnambool, on her rural lifestyle with her own family today affords her great insight into the challenges of rural communities.

“Growing up on a farm I had first-hand experience in understanding the pressures when someone is sick or needs to get to hospital in a hurry.  Everything stops on the farm while everyone focuses on what matters. Thanks to the Flying Doctors that urgent trip to specialists for emergency care saves heartache, and saves lives.  So many farmers have so much to be thankful for when it comes to the Flying Doctor pilots and nursing staff.  Let’s help keep them in the air.”

– Gorgi

Jane Bunn

Seven Network Meteorologist and Weather Presenter

Jane Bunn is a highly credentialed meteorologist with an infectious enthusiasm for the weather and an appreciation for the challenges faced by regional and rural Australians.

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As Channel 7 Melbourne’s resident weather forecaster and presenter, Jane is featured on the 6pm and 4pm News as well as National Bulletins, including special events such as the Australian Open and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. She is also the featured weather forecaster and presenter on 3AW Breakfast with Ross and John.

Jane further emphasises her versatility, as one of the hosts of The Great Weekend, Channel 7’s newest lifestyle and leisure show.

The crowning glory of 2019 for Jane was her appointment as a Moomba Monarch, a huge honour and a dream come true.

With a Bachelor of Science degree from Monash University (majoring in Atmospheric Science and Mathematics), Jane was one of nine students from around Australia selected in 2006 to undertake a Graduate Diploma of Meteorology provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. As part of her studies she also spent a semester at Pennsylvania State University, one of the leading meteorology schools in the US.

After graduation, Jane was appointed as a forecaster with the BOM – posted initially to the Sydney office and later to Canberra as well as the RAAF’s Williamtown Base.

In 2008 Jane joined The Weather Channel as the morning meteorologist, before moving on to WIN News to explain the highs and lows of regional Victoria’s weather, where she gained huge popularity.

As a weather consultant, Jane also provides advice to farming communities throughout Victoria, as well as the Country Fire Authority, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries and a large number of organisations in the agricultural sector.

Jane has seen first-hand the impacts weather can play on the lives of those in regional communities and how the Royal Flying Doctor Service supports them. We are delighted to have Jane join us to support Flick us a Flynn.

“My work takes me to so many remote parts of Australia and the length of time it takes to reach these amazing places makes you wonder what you would do if you were sick or injured.

That’s where the Royal Flying Doctor service is such a life saver, helping people reach the services they desperately need.

Their great work is recognised on the $20 note – so Flick us a Flynn to help keep this service going.”

– Jane Bunn

John Hastings

Australian cricketer

John “The Duke” Hastings is a respected former Australian cricketer who has played in all three international formats.

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His break out season came in 2009 /2010 when he was Victoria’s leading wicket-taker and named Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year.

In 2010 John made his One Day and T20 International debuts followed by his test debut in 2012.

While John is now retired from International and State cricket, he travels the world playing in various T20 competitions. As the current captain of the Melbourne Stars in Australia’s Big Bash League, John  enjoys bringing the great game of cricket to regional areas and Australian towns and cities.

John is proud to be an ambassador for Flick us a Flynn.

“Having grown up in a rural area and spending time in hard-to-get-to places in Australia I can understand how important it is for Australians to have a service like the Flying Doctor. We often take for granted that the most basic of services like dental care, a visit to a GP or mental health counselling are only a short drive away. For people in the bush, those services can be hundreds of kilometres away from their home, work and family. By supporting the Flying Doctor we are helping all Aussies get the help they need, when they need it, no matter where they live.

We need this great service to continue for as long as we possibly can. It’s is our duty as human beings to get behind it Australia. #Flick us a Flynn.”

– John Hastings

Laura Brown

Editor in Chief

Laura Brown is the Editor in Chief of InStyle, one of the world’s most successful fashion media brands. She’s New York based and keeps Australia close to her heart.

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Appointed in August of 2016, she is responsible for InStyle’s voice, content, strategy and brand extensions. Helming a brand that reaches 30-plus million women, Brown oversees the core magazine, digital across all platforms and 13 international editions. In addition, she leads development of the ‘InStyle Badass Women’ platform and live events such as the annual InStyle Awards and the Golden Globes party.

Since her appointment, Brown has spearheaded a refresh of InStyle’s print and digital franchises to much critical acclaim. She has expanded the breadth and variety of the contributors, giving voice to a new group of fashion, beauty and celebrity influencers and thought leaders. With a philosophy of “Everybody’s In,” she appeals to a wider audience with a stylish, playful and relatable voice. Her social media sensibility has vastly extended the reach and relevance of InStyle beyond the page, and she has been heralded as ushering in a new generation of Editor in Chief.

Under Brown, InStyle has seen unprecedented growth across digital, with record-breaking unique visitors to InStyle.com (10+ million) and video views on Instagram (50+ million.) Her contributions to the brand have garnered extensive media coverage and recognition – with substantive profiles appearing in The New York Times, The Business of Fashion, New York Magazine, Fast Company, and Digiday, among many others. In September of 2017, InStyle was honored with the “Best September Issue” award by The Daily Front Row.

Previous to InStyle, Brown spent eleven years at Harper’s Bazaar, rising to the role of Executive Editor, and was Articles Director of Details and Senior Editor at W. She earned her BA in arts and communication from Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia.

“One of the greatest things about Australia is its expansiveness, but what makes the RFDS service so important is that it brings us closer when we need help the most.”

 – Laura Brown

Mark Wales

CEO, entrepreneur, military veteran, Australian Survivor contestant 

Mark’s 16 year career with the Australian Military and 10 year career with the SAS has taken him to the most remote of places overseas.

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As a Troop Commander in charge of 30 elite soldiers, Mark’s role was to lead combat missions deep behind enemy lines. Like many in his situation, Mark battled depression and stress disorders after warfighting in Afghanistan which he chose to tackle with the same intensity that he applied to Special Ops training.

Mark’s successful recovery and growth led him to embark on a high-profile career in business. He studied with the Wharton School of Business – an Ivy League College in the U.S.A. and was awarded their prestigious 40 under 40 award before joining McKinsey & Company. He is a passionate owner of a tough-luxury ecommerce brand and the CEO of a not for profit organisation, The Younger Heroes, which reconnects veteran parents with their children.

In 2017 Mark’s further challenged himself on a tour of duty as a Survivor Australia contestant, where he met his partner Sam Gash.

After growing up in the red dirt in WA’s Pilbara Iron Ore deserts I can truly appreciate just how hard it is to access most parts of regional Australia. My time in the military taught me the importance of having an evacuation capability – it really does make all the difference and can determine a loved one’s fate. 

Organisations like the Flying Doctors rely on the support from all corners –Flick us a Flynn is an easy way to keep supporting this Australian Institution that saves many lives every year. You never know when you will be calling on this service for one of your own – so please support where you can!”

– Mark Wales

Michala Banas

Actress

Michala’s acting career started very early, with her first film credit at the age of 5, in her native New Zealand. Since then, she has forged a remarkable film and television career.

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After moving to Australia almost 30 years ago, Michala worked on several television productions before her breakout role as Marissa Taylor in “Always Greener”. Her leading performances in shows including “McLeod’s Daughters”, “Winners and Losers” and “Beaconsfield”, ‘’The Doctor Blake Mysteries’’, ‘’Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’’, “Upper Middle Bogan” and The Emmy, BANFF, AFI/AACTA, SPAA and Silver Logie Award Winning Series, “Nowhere Boys’’ has seen her work in regional towns throughout Australia.

Nominated for several awards (including a Logie and NZ film & TV award), it was her portrayal of two naughty puppets in her stage debut in “Avenue Q”, which earned Michala a Helpmann Award for Best lead female in a Musical in 2010.

She continues to be a familiar and entertaining face on Aussie screens with the up-coming second season of Hamish and Andy: True Story and the upcoming feature film, “That’s Not My Dog”.

Michala has seen first-hand through her travels the assistance the Royal Flying Doctor provides regional and rural Australians in needs, and is proud to offer her support.

“Many of us forget just how incredibly vast this remarkable country is. We also often take our health for granted. Without the RFDS, thousands of Australians would not receive the medical help they need. So, I encourage you to show your support, and Flick Us a Flynn to help keep the Flying doctors flying. Thank you!”

– Michael Banas

Molly Meldrum

Australian music and entertainment industry icon / presenter and record producer / OAM 

Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum is a legend in the history of Australian music, described by musical writers Toby Creswell and Samantha Chenoweth in 1001 Australians You Should Know as ‘the single most important person in the Australian pop industry for 40 years’.

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If there was ever a need for Molly’s standing in the Australian community to be proven it was in late 2011 when Molly suffered serious injuries after a fall. The nation, from the Prime Minister down, followed every step of Molly’s treatment and recovery, and the support shown for him was unprecedented in Australia. Since the 1960s he’s presented the best and latest in music and music news to Australian audiences. A critic, journalist, record producer and entrepreneur, his efforts have led to close friendships with most of the big names in the music industry.

As a regular ‘interviewer of the stars’ from David Bowie to Prince Charles to Madonna, all feel at home when talking with Molly. Responsible for the institution that was Countdown, for 13 years Meldrum showcased the finest the music world had to offer, becoming a hugely influential promoter of new talent, with Countdown also becoming the key platform for any performer of note visiting Australia.

“Go out and do ya self a favour” was the catch cry that Molly conceived and used on Countdown to win over millions of viewers and made his popularity rise. Following his role on Countdown Molly went on to host a regular segment on the hilarious TV show ‘Hey, Hey it’s Saturday’, by this time Molly Meldrum had genuinely become an Australian household name.

As a record producer and mentor to current day performers, Molly continues to report for the Seven Network’s ‘Sunrise’ and hosts MTV’s ‘Mastered by Molly’ segment. Highly respected amongst his peers, Molly Meldrum remains one of the strongest names in the music business. He received a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the fostering of international relief and to youth in January 1986, as well as an ARIA Award for Special Achievement in 1993 and the APRA Ted Albert Award in 1994.

A wonderful legacy for a boy from regional Victoria.

“The Royal Flying Doctor Service has become an integral part of rural Australia’s culture for many years and the service they provide is nothing short of amazing. I’m very proud to be associated with such an incredible organisation providing life-saving services.”

– Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum

Sam Gash

Endurance athlete, inspirational speaker, writer, Australian Survivor contestant 

A lawyer by trade, Samantha is well-respected as an endurance athlete, social entrepreneur, writer and key note presenter.

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She has run through some of the most extreme and inhospitable locations around the world, becoming the first woman and the youngest person to complete the Four Deserts Grandslam.

She persevered through four courses of 250km desert ultra-marathons across the driest, windiest, hottest and coldest deserts on earth, carrying everything she needed to survive in a pack on her back.

Since then she has been motivated to channel her endurance running capacity as a vehicle for social change. Sam has run an admirable 379kms non-stop across Australia’s Simpson Desert and most recently completed a 3253km, 77-day run from the West to the East of India. Her adventures are captured in all their intensity in the award winning documentary Desert Runners.

In 2017 Australian’s watched Sam challenge herself physically and mentally, competing in Australian Survivor where she met her partner Mark Wales.

A country girl from Bendigo, Victoria I choose running projects through remote locations around the World, including within Australia.  I have seen firsthand the need and benefit of the RFDS, including being a participant of the tragic 100km ultra marathon in the Kimberley’s where several competitors were caught in a bushfire. Flick us a Flynn is a tangible and easy way for Australians to make a difference and support the work that RFDS do for those living in rural Australia

– Sam Gash

Stefan Dennis

Actor 

Actor Stefan Dennis is known throughout the world as Paul Robinson from Neighbours. A show as iconically Australian as the Royal Flying Doctors

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With a prolific career in British and Australian TV, screen and stage, Stefan is instantly recognisable wherever he goes.

Stefan is proud to support the RFDS as it helps others in regional and rural areas.

“Thousands of Australian lives have been saved because of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Now you don’t have to fly to help them out – just Flick us a Flynn and keep them in the air.”

– Stefan Dennis

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Steve Bastoni

Actor and director

One of Australia’s most versatile and accomplished actors, Steve has a string of film and television credits including the Golden Globe nominated On The Beach.

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He became a household name as ‘Angel’ in the long running television series Police Rescue and has starred in Neighbours, Wildside and The Magistrate, Upper Middle Bogan, The Wrong Girl and Wentworth (Series 4 & 5). We have seen him in films like The Water Diviner, The Crocodile Hunter and Drift and in numerous theatrical projects.

Steve is the Director and Founder of the Peninsula Short Film Festival, and the Perfect Light Film Festival in Broken Hill and he enjoys spending time in communities throughout regional Australia.

“I’ve spent a lot of time filming and directing in small Aussie towns and I know the further out bush you are, the further the distance to specialists, experts and help.

I know how appreciative regional folks are when the RFDS rolls into town for clinics and patient transport.

The ‘you’ll be right’ attitude doesn’t help when you need doctors, tests, life-saving treatment, or support services for mental health. But other Aussies can help by donating to the Flying Doctor.

– Steve Bastoni

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Tiffany Cherry

Australian Sports Presenter & AFL’s first female boundary rider 

Tiffany is one of Australia’s leading sports presenters and producers, with a media career spaning two decades and three continents across television, film, radio, print and digital.

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Tiffany is known to many as the co-host of Macquarie Sports Radio national morning sports breakfast show with David Morrow and a member of 3AW’s award winning football commentary team. A former host of Fox Footy, Sky News, Channel 7 News and Channel 9’s Women’s Football show and Everyday Health on Channel 10, Tiffany now combines her media career with her role as Richmond Football Club’s Multimedia Executive, having been the club’s physiotherapist 20 years earlier.

Tiffany has worked for two of the world’s largest networks, CNN and ESPN, both within Australia and is the AFL’s first female boundary rider.

“Having grown up in north-east Victoria I’ve experienced the vast distances country folks travel to get the specialist care they need. Whether you are living in the bush, or just passing though you never know when you need medical help and care. The Royal Flying Doctor Service is there for so many, and now it’s our turn to be there for them. Flick us a Flynn, donate today and support this vital charity in its 90th year.”

– Tiffany Cherry

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Thank you for your support

Thank you to our ambassador for their support in 2017 and 2018.

Annette Allison

TV and radio icon / OAM

Annie Maynard

Actor

Catherine Skinner

Australian trap shooter, 2016 Olympic Gold Medallist

Jennifer Adams

Host presenter and director 

Matthew Dellavedova

International Basketballer and Olympian

Natalie Barr

Journalist / presenter Ch 7 sunrise