OUR PATRON IN CHIEF
Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO
Her Excellency, The Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia
Ms Quentin Bryce is Australia’s twenty-fifth Governor-General. As the first woman to take up this office, she remains a pioneer in contemporary Australian society and yet one who brings more than forty years of experience in reform, community building and leadership to the role.
Her contribution to advancing human rights and equality, the rights of women and children and the welfare of the family, was recognised in her appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988 and a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2003.
In her civic role as Governor of Queensland, Ms Bryce has worked with women, families and young people, while extending her influence across the State’s broad and diverse spectrum, including the rural, regional, aged, Indigenous, migrant, and disability sectors.
We welcome the patronage of Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, who leads our band of Patrons and Ambassadors in the fight against kidney disease in Australia.
A big thank you to our Patrons and Ambassadors
We are also delighted to have the support of our patrons and ambassadors across a range of activities.
Our patrons Sir Jack and Lady Brabham generously arranged to donate proceeds from a fundraiser in their name to Kidney Health Australia. 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 presentation of awards. We greatly appreciate their ongoing support.
Sir Jack Brabham OBE and Lady Brabham
Sir Jack, who suffers from kidney failure himself, said that coping with failed kidneys had been one of the toughest drives of his life.
Sir Jack's focus now is on how important it is to remain active and get as much out of every day as possible. He urges kidney patients on dialysis not to allow the treatment to take charge of their lives and to live their life to the full by continuing the activities they enjoy.
Jack Brabham is one of the most accomplished - and colourful - racing drivers in the history of motorsport. Now in his early eighties, 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 this first Australian to win a Formula One World Championship.
Mr Normie Rowe AM
In 2009 Normie Rowe joined The Governor General, and Sir Jack and Lady Margaret Brabham as National Patrons of Kidney Health Australia (formerly The Kidney Foundation)
Mr 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 5 December 2013