Multi talented musician and television star Natalie Bassingthwaighte has been a fabulous supporter of Variety the children's charity. Participating in fundraising events, donating prize money from television shows and to celebrity auctions, whilst bringing joy to unfortunate children in hospitals.
Derryn continues to be a strong advocate of the Variety 3AW Radiothon. Without his support Variety would not be able achieve the level of fundraising success each year that provides hundreds of bikes to disadvantaged children for Christmas.
John-Michael Howson OAM
John-Michael was an integral part of the selection team for the Entertainers of the Century, announced at a glittering gala event at Waterfront City in April. A big thank you for the special evening he organised for Variety at “Dusty the Musical” via his role as the show’s writer and producer. John - Michael was awarded an OAM in 2009.
Variety would like to congratulate Merv on his appointment as a selector for the Australian Cricket Team and his appearance on Network 9 “Celebrity Overhaul”. Merv continues to be a great supporter of the Vic Bash and new initiatives including the Dust Club.
Between her fantastic win in the 4x100 Relay in the Commonwealth Games, her on-air commitment’s with Channel 7’s “Dancing with the Stars”, Tamsyn has found the time to come and visit the office to sign a selection of Commonwealth Games relay battons to auction at fundraising events.
Keith is a valuable supporter of the Suits Club and has represented Variety at many functions over the past year when his entertainment commitments allow. 2006 also saw Keith, along with the other members of the Seekers awarded the “Keys to the City” at a ceremony at Melbourne Town Hall in September.
Annabelle has attended events as a Young Variety Ambassador and is fantastic with the special needs children who attend these events.
Sue is an active supporter of the Suits Club, participated in the Official Start of the Vic Bash, and joined the Ladies of Variety fundraising group. She contributes her time to Variety events and was a willing participant in the Biba Hair Academy fundraiser which donated all proceeds to Variety.
Tonia continues her commitment to Variety through her presence at functions and events and is a member of the Ladies of Variety team.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome newest Celebrity Ambassador, Beverley O’Connor who was appointed in September. Beverley is a journalist, media personality and Vice-President of the Melbourne Football Club. She has already demonstrated a firm commitment to Variety, hosting a Friends of Variety function, co-presenting the Heart of Football Award at the Great Grand Final Luncheon and took on the role of MC at the Cup Eve Ball.
Variety CEO Norm Hutton presented Channel Ten weather man Mike Larkan with his Celebrity Ambassador pin and certificate on Thursday 28th February at Waterfront city. Mike has supported Variety for many years and we welcome the opportunity to acknowledged his support.
Whatever the weather, Mike is out and about presenting his unique style of live crosses from Melbourne landmarks and events. He produces and writes aswell as presents the segments.
Retiring from the AFL in 2004 with 162 games in 10 years for Hawthorn and Carlton, Daniel has become a respected commentator on sport and made a smooth transition into all forms of the media.
Wendy Stapleton is a long standing Australian performer respected for her work in the theatre, television and the music industry.
From her beginnings as a successful international fashion model Kelly’s star has continued to rise as a TV personality, firstly with Channel Seven and now as a presenter on Channel Nine’s Getaway.
John Burgess has a colourful career in television and radio working on TV classics The Wheel of Fortune for twelve successful years and the Ernie Sigley Show.
Australian cricketer David Hussey. Hussey's international representative career continued with selection for the ODI tour of the West Indies in the Australian off-season of 2008.
Jack Levi and his alter ego, Elliot Goblet, has been a long time supporter of Variety the children's charity and is a familiar face at amny of our functions and appeals.
Blair McDonough is an actor who is best known for playing the role of Stuart Parker in the Australian TV soap opera Neighbours. He first shot to fame in 2001, when he finished runner-up in the inaugural season of the reality TV series Big Brother Australia. He has since appeared on a number of other reality TV shows.
A variety supporter for many years, Lisa’s time as a Variety Ambassador has seen her generously donate her time to perform at many functions and large events and to join the Ladies of Variety fundraising group.
Mike Brady has been an avid Variety supporter - performing at our events, taking part in the Variety Bash and providing support through the Variety Board.