UNICEF works with Goodwill Ambassadors all over the world who are passionate about giving every child a fair chance. They generously give their time, energy and passion pro bono to help raise awareness of our work to protect the world's children, no matter what.
Our Global Goodwill Ambassadors include Serena Williams, Katy Perry and Liam Neeson who have all contributed generously to UNICEF's global campaigns. You can check out the full list of Global Goodwill Ambassadors here.
In Australia, we work with dedicated and passionate Aussies with profile to do incredible things. They offer a recognisable voice to our campaigns and provide opportunities to engage new audiences in our mission to make the world a better place for every child. A huge thank you to each and every one of them for their support, donations and passion.
Malaysian Australian chef, television presenter and author Adam Liaw has been a dedicated UNICEF Australia Ambassador for many years. He won the second series of MasterChef and lives with his beautiful family of five in Sydney. He has been to Jordan with UNICEF and seen first-hand the work our teams do on the ground. You can watch a video of his trip here.
Callan McAuliffe is an Australian actor, known for his roles as young Jay Gatsby in the 2013 film The Great Gatsby and Alden in The Walking Dead. Callan has been a huge supporter of our emergency appeals, an ongoing support through COVID-19 and is passionate about raising awareness about inequality around the world.
Australian talk show and current affairs Gold Logie award-winning television and radio presenter Carrie Bickmore has been a UNICEF Australia Ambassador for many years. Carrie currently hosts The Project on Network 10 and Carrie & Tommy on the Hit Network. She is a big advocate of our Mother's Day campaign every year and has inspired her audiences to fund incredible neonatal projects in East Asia Pacific. We love this piece she wrote for Vogue in 2020 for our International Day of the Girl campaign.
Journalist, Sunrise presenter and mother-of-two, Edwina Bartholomew, joined UNICEF Australia as an Ambassador in 2022. Edwina is one of Australia’s most well-known and well-regarded journalists, having worked in television and radio news for more than 13 years. Edwina has supported numerous UNICEF Australia campaigns, raised emergency funds for our Ukraine appeal and is passionate about maternal and neonatal health.
Erica Packer is an Australian model. She has three children and lives on the West Coast of the U.S.A. Originally from Gunnedah in rural NSW, she is passionate about children's education and has funded incredible progress in Cambodia and Laos through the Erica Packer Project. In 2021 she made possible a bushfire response program that delivered community grants to the most affected areas.
Professor Fiona Stanley
Professor Fiona Stanley is an Australian epidemiologist noted for her public health work, her research into child and maternal health as well as Indigenous health access. Former Australian of the Year and UNICEF Australia Ambassador, she is passionate about UNICEF's routine immunisation programs for children and regional health security for Australia's closest neighbours.
Iconic Australian artist Ken Done has been an Ambassador for over 30 years! In that time he has dedicated time, artworks and energy to support our work around the world. A key supporter of World Children's Day in November each year, Ken has taken on the challenge of art classes for children and even displayed the art of Australian children in his gallery in The Rocks. You can read about Ken's highlights as an Ambassador here.
Michael Cheika is a Lebanese-Australian rugby coach and former player. He coached the Australian national team from 2014 to 2019. In 2015, he received the World Rugby Coach of the Year award and is now Director of Rugby at the Green Rockets in Japan and coaches the Lebanon national rugby team. He was a huge supporter of our response to the Beirut blasts in August 2020 which helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the most vulnerable.
Mitch Tambo is a proud Gamilaraay man, Australian singer and songwriter who released his debut EP in 2016. In 2019, he reached the final of the ninth series of Australia's Got Talent and garnered national attention. In November 2019, Tambo was signed to Sony Music Australia. He is a big advocate of Indigenous culture and has spent time travelling round Australia to educate young people on Indigenous culture and our connection to Country.
Pat Cummins is an Australian cricketer, family man and advocate for equal rights. Living in Sydney, Pat has spent much of his life travelling around the world which has sparked a passion for protecting the world's most vulnerable children. During the 2021 India COVID Crisis, Pat was a driving force behind the Australian cricket community's support for UNICEF's response. His incredible donation helped us to rush essential oxygen plants to hospitals across India.
Rachael Haynes is an Australian cricketer, mum to Hugo, and came on board as a UNICEF Australia Ambassador during the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020. She joined our For Every Girl campaign which highlighted the gender gap in sport and the potential of girls everywhere do be whoever they want to be. She joined fellow cricketer Alex Blackwell ahead of the World Cup to be interviewed by brave 11-year-old Gemma which you can watch here.
Dr. Susan Carland
Dr. Susan Carland is an Australian academic, author, feminist and television presenter best known for her ongoing media presence speaking on her academic speciality of women in Islam. A passionate supporter of UNICEF's work, Susan started her Ambassador journey by donating $1 to UNICEF for every hateful comment she received on her social media channels. Susan has taken part in multiple campaigns, including recording a Vaccine Diaries video alongside husband Waleed Aly to help Australians feel confident about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Tammin Sursok is a South African-born Australian actress and singer. She is known for her role on Home and Away and Pretty Little Liars. She now hosts a podcast, shares honest stories of parenting her two girls on social media and is a passionate mental health advocate. She is a huge supporter of our gender equality programs and her little ones have got involved with our World Children's Day creative challenges.
Tara Moss is a Canadian-Australian author, documentary maker and presenter, journalist, and UNICEF Australia Ambassador. In recent years, she has been an incredible advocate for disability access and normalising wheelchair and walking stick use. She wrote a fantastic piece for us on International Day of Disabilities which you can read here.
Who doesn't love The Wiggles? The Australian children's entertainers have been around for decades, providing fun and community for families across Australia. From the beginning they have been passionate Ambassadors, helping to educate children on the important issues. From handwashing songs for little ones to special messages for our supporters, The Wiggles have been dedicated and passionate supporters of our work to protect every child and we love having them as part of our extended team!
Will Genia, is a Papua New Guinea (PNG) born Australian rugby union player, currently playing scrum-half for the Kintetsu Liners in Japan. With many of his family still in PNG, he is proud of his heritage and partners with us to raise awareness of key issues across Asia Pacific.
Dr. Zameer Gill
Dr. Zameer Gill is a medical doctor and child rights advocate. He has spent time with the Overseas Specialist Surgical Association of Australia (OSSAA) where he and a specialist team worked to help children and vulnerable communities with cleft palates in Timor-Leste. He is passionate about protecting children’s rights, supporting education and providing an appropriate standard of healthcare to children globally. He has a key interest in public health systems in developing nations and has spent time working to improve the disparities that exist.