The youngest person to sail solo non-stop and unassisted around the world in 2010, Jessica has since been awarded Young Australian of the Year in 2011 and the Order of Australian Medal in 2012, and is passionate about inspiring kids to realise their potential through sharing her incredible journey.
In 2012 Jessica became the Patron of SunnyKids and Read2Remember to assist SunnyKids to help all Aussie children develop courage and resilience and to aspire to live life to the fullest.
University of the Sunshine Coast Foundation Board Member, Founding Ambassador of SunnyKids and a leading businesswoman, Karen has brought her vast experience and networks to the establishment and development of SunnyKids.
One of the few women in Australia to have raised $1m in a day for charity, through the BOQ Maroochydore Celebrity Golf Day and other events, Debbie has supported and assisted SunnyKids to not only raise significant funds but to also develop an annual calendar of outstanding fundraising events.
A former professional fighter with an inspirational life story, Richard uses his own experiences to inspire and support children and young people to be their best. Richard is also a regular participant in, and social entrepreneur behind some of the great events that support SunnyKids.
A partner in the BOQ Celebrity Golf Day, Robert first came to know of SunnyKids in 2010. Since then the children, young people and families he has met through SunnyKids have inspired Robert to become an official Ambassador for SunnyKids as well as Read2Remember. Robert is a regular participant in SunnyKids’ events and takes the opportunities his life affords him to inspire other celebrities and business people to get involved in changing lives through SunnyKids.
Troy is the founder of the ‘Chook Run for Charity’ which has raised many thousands for kids in need. A long time SunnyKids supporter, in 2012 ’Chooky’ became an official SunnyKids Ambassador, and has now aligned his famous ‘Chook Run for Charity’ with SunnyKids.
Cindy Steele, Co-Founder TopGear Security
For over 20 years, Cindy Steele has been passionate about helping the next generation through positive learning experiences. A former Assistant School Principal, Cindy brings her extensive experience with networking and other charities to assist SunnyKids in their mission. Cindy is currently working to bring together Sunshine Coast businesses as a SunnyKids support network.
Nathan Tessman AKA MC Wheels, Australian Rap Artist
MC Wheels is a passionate Australian Rapper and an inspiration to a generation. Nathan Tessman also has a rare condition, Axonal Neuropathy which severely affects his physical ability. His condition has no cure and his future is uncertain and unpredictable. His passion is to become a recognised hip hop artist and to be a voice for all people who have a dream. Nathan’s dream not just about creating a career for himself – his desire is to become a voice for the disabled community and an inspiration to his fellow man.