Kidney Health Australia sends a big thank you, to our Patrons and Ambassadors
We are delighted to have the support of our patrons and ambassadors across a range of activities. Throughout the year we are supported by Mr Norman Rowe AM, Mr Tim Mathieson and Mr Tyler Atkins, in helping us raise much needed awareness through Kidney Health Week launches, our Kidney Kar Rally and at presentation of awards. We greatly appreciate their ongoing support.
Sir Jack Brabham OBE (RIP 19 May 14) and Lady Brabham
It is with great sadness that Kidney Health Australia pays tribute to our patron, the inspirational Sir Jack Brabham OBE.
Sir Jack, 88, passed away at his Gold Coast home this morning.
Kidney Health Australia CEO Anne Wilson said Sir Jack had suffered from kidney disease and had been on dialysis for a number of years. He had been a patron of Kidney Health Australia since 2008. Refer to our Media here>
Sir Brabham with his wife Lady Brabham pictured here, have supported Kidney Health Australia for many years, both financially and given generously with hours of their time, attending functions, openings and promotions as our Patrons. Sir Jack will be sadly missed.
Sir Jack said that coping with failed kidneys had been one of the toughest drives of his life. Sir Jack's focus since his kidneys failed was to remain active and get as much out of every day as possible. He urged kidney patients on dialysis not to allow treatment to take charge of their lives and to live their life to the full by continuing the activities they enjoy.
Jack Brabham was one of the most accomplished - and colourful - racing drivers in the history of motorsport. He was the winner of three F1 World Titles (1959, 1960 and 1966) the only driver to be crowned Champion in a car of his own construction and the first F1 driver to be awarded knighthood. View ABC Australian Story on the first Australian to win a Formula One World Championship.
Mr Normie Rowe AM
In 2009 Normie Rowe joined our Kidney Health Australia as one of our National Patrons.
Normie Rowe began a career as a major male solo performer of Australian pop music in the 1960s. Between 1965 and 1967 Rowe was Australia's most popular male star but his career was interrupted when he was drafted for compulsory military service in late 1967.
Australia’s biggest pop star of the sixties, Normie defied the logic of the times. His period of peak popularity came when the Beatles were dominating the charts around the world. It was the period of popular music where most established solo singers were suddenly banished from the charts, this Melbourne teenager creating pop riots and becoming the first Melbourne recording artist to achieve a national Australian No1.
In 2005 Normie Rowe was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame. In that year he was also recognized by the Australian War Memorial as a National Hero, alongside the likes of Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith, Vivien Bullwinkle, Keith Miller, Chips Rafferty and 45 other heroes of Australia. Normie Rowe has become a leading advocate and spokesman for Vietnam Veterans.
Updated 19 May 2014