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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 at 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 27 March 2014

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Last updated: Apr 2014.