Michael has joined the Perpetual LOYAL yacht racing team and the LOYAL Foundation to raise a significant amount of money for vital medical equipment that children need to survive life threatening situations.
The LOYAL Foundation was set up by Bell Partners in 2009, with the sole goal of raising much needed funds for charities such as the Humpty Dumpty Foundation that provides much needed children’s medical equipment to Australian hospitals. Since its inception, the LOYAL Foundation has raised almost 4 million dollars through fundraising events and making use of the profiles of celebrities such as Karl Stefanovic, Danny Green, Phil Waugh, Kurt Fearnley and many others who have competed on board the boat. The LOYAL Foundation works on the principle that 100 cents in every dollar donated is distributed to approved charities with no administrative costs whatsoever.
“For some time I have been giving thought to how I can use my profile to make more of a difference to people in need,” Michael said.
“During the last few years, I have witnessed first hand the great work of our medical practitioners during very needy times for young children. However, I have also been made acutely aware of the shortage of life saving medical equipment to assist our doctors”.
“Over the last few years, four infants very close to me have needed lifesaving medical equipment to survive. Firstly my daughter Kelsey Lee, who was born premature and needed specialised medical equipment in the first stage of her life. My 3 year old nephew spent several weeks just after he was born in intensive care. My niece, who was born 10 weeks premature, was looked after in an intensive care unit. While the Doctors do an amazing job, there is a huge shortage of reliable medical equipment”.
“Now I want to do something for other children and naturally their families who need life saving medical equipment”.
Michael Clarke has been an ambassador for Cancer Council since September 2010.
Cancer Council is the nation’s peak non-government cancer control organisation. As well as patient support, funding cancer research, and providing cancer information, the organisation focuses on providing Australians with information on how to minimise their cancer risk.
Every year, more than 400,000 Australians are treated for skin cancer and tragically, around 2000 Australians die from the disease. Having had five skin cancers on his face, Michael is passionate about his role as a SunSmart ambassador, helping to raise awareness of sun safety and skin protection.
In 2010, Michael launched National Skin Cancer Action Week in Australia and featured in a Community Service Announcement highlighting the ways Australians can be SunSmart over summer. He has continued to support the campaign each year and has also been the voice of Cancer Council’s SunSmart Schools Program.
“In support of that work, and as part of this promotion, I’m dedicating a daffodil to my dad – who has had both Hodgkin’s lymphoma and prostate cancer. It’s an opportunity to show my support for a loved one and also acknowledge the work that the Cancer Council has done over the past 30 years to raise awareness and improve the lives of people impacted by cancer”.
Michael has also worked with Cancer Council on more general cancer awareness activities, including the iconic yearly Daffodil Day and Call to Arms, helping raise funds for cancer research and support services.
According to Cancer Council Australia, Michael’s promotion of the SunSmart message is helping Australians reduce their risk of skin cancer. More Australians being SunSmart, especially younger Australians, means fewer deaths from this almost entirely preventable disease.
Life Education Australia
We first met Michael back in 2003. He was in the NSW Sheffield team and a newcomer to the Australian ODI team, but was still some 15 months away from playing Test cricket for his country.
The function was a fundraising dinner in support of Life Education. Michael’s batting coach brought him along and he sat next to the then CEO of Life Education Australia, Jay Bacik and chatted about his cricket, his family and Life Education.
Michael told Jay that the only two things he liked about primary school were the cricket nets and the Life Education school visit. He expressed then his strong interest in supporting our work. 2004 was a busy year for Michael. Remember in October of that year, in India, he debuted for Australia in Test cricket.
Early in 2005, we visited Michael’s primary school, Marsden Rd Public School near Liverpool, to formally launch his association with Life Education. That was a great day.
In 2008, Michael attended the inaugural Gold Harold Awards evening, where we presented him with the Gold Harold Sports Award in recognition of the support he was providing us. I am sure Michael wouldn’t want us to share the following information – but during this evening he took Jay quietly to one side and presented him with a very generous donation, again demonstrating his commitment and support for our work.
Since then, and despite his exhaustively busy schedule, Michael has taken every opportunity offered to him to support us. He consistently leads our annual Ocsober public fundraising campaign. He endorses and assists us in promoting the Healthy Harold Family Challenge – now the Bupa Family Challenge. His signed shirts and bats continue to be top selling items at our regular fund raising dinners. And we won’t forget the stickers of Healthy Harold he placed on the back of his bat during the Perth Test Match against the Indians in January 2011.
We are extremely proud of our association with Michael. Fittingly, today he is one of 5 National Ambassadors of Life Education, alongside other highly respected Australians – Ita Buttrose, Dick Smith, John Howard and Fiona Wood. We look forward to the opportunity to develop the relationship we enjoy with Michael over the years ahead.
Life Education Australia
A story well known in Australia, Jane and Glenn McGrath’s much-publicised experience with breast cancer led to the formation of what has become one of Australia’s most respected and recognised charities, the McGrath Foundation.
Because of their experience came the belief that every family experiencing breast cancer in Australia should have access to the support of a breast care nurse. Shaping the McGrath Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every family experiencing breast cancer in Australia has access to a breast care nurse no matter where they live or their financial situation. The Foundation estimates 150 McGrath Breast Care Nurses are needed to achieve this. Only then, will every family in this situation have access to optimal care.
Today, the McGrath Foundation is considered to be one of Australia’s leading breast cancer support organisations, with over 20,000 Australian families supported by our 85 McGrath Breast Care Nurses nationally in the last four years.
As part of the Australian cricket family Michael and Kyly are honoured and privileged to lend their support to the McGrath Foundation.
As a couple who have had loved ones touched by cancer, as have millions of Australians, they are proud to support an organisation that makes a real and practical difference to families experiencing breast cancer. Michael and Kyly have no hesitation in helping the Foundation in any way they can, and we they are grateful for all the work the McGrath foundation does for those in need.