Without the generous support of our ambassadors we wouldn't be able to kick as many goals against cancer as we do. Our littlest ambassadors deserve a standing ovation every day of the year and our exceptional line-up of professional athletes donate both their time and profile to help raise awareness!
Each of our Footy Colours Day kids have experienced our education support program first hand during their own cancer treatment and recovery. You can hear their stories by clicking on their image below or in the 'Stories' section on our website.
Leni was diagnosed with blood cancer when she was eight years old. She went through nine months of aggressive chemotherapy, lumbar punctures, blood transfusions and more.
Bright and bubbly Eleanor was diagnosed with cancer when she was just five years old. Treatment involved five rounds of chemotherapy over eight months, and meant Eleanor missed three terms of school.
When Mason was just six years old he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. He was absent from his regular classroom for seven months while he underwent treatment. Just as he returned, COVID-19 hit, changing everything once again.
New to the Footy Colours Day ambassador squad this year, Hailey loves footy and is determined to play. Diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in December 2019, Hailey was supported by our education program during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Thomas was 16 years old when he was diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to assistance from our education program, he is now back in school completing year 12. Thomas loves Oz Tag, concerts and festivals, footy and Netflix.
On Molly's 12th Birthday she was diagnosed with bone cancer. From diagnosis until completion of chemo – about 300 days – Molly was absent from school. Thankfully, our education support program was able to help Molly keep up with her education.
Nine-year-old Swai is a devoted supporter of the St George Illawarra Dragons. Full of character this Footy Colours Day champion received support from our education program during her cancer treatment and recovery.
Following her cancer diagnosis and recovery, Maya is now back in school continuing her education with her peers. Maya has been supporting Footy Colours Day since 2019.
Seven-year-old Jett is one of the Parramatta Eels biggest fans along with his family. In November 2018, Jett was diagnosed with cancer and received support from our education program to keep him up to speed with school.
Our youngest and most energetic ambassador, Chase’s favourite sport is soccer. At just four years old, Chase was diagnosed with Wilms tumour and underwent cancer treatment and recovery at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney.
Adam Treloar, Western Bulldogs Football club – AFL
Gun midfielder, Adam, now calls the Western Bulldogs home. The star player began his AFL career playing for Greater Western Sydney and played 94 games for Collingwood between 2016 and 2020. In 2019 Adam was awarded the Neale Daniher Trophy and has been a long-time supporter of Footy Colours Day.
Starting his passion for rugby as a Penrith junior, Corey made his NRL debut for the Manly Sea Eagles in 2019. The hard running second-row forward and strong defender, made the move to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at the beginning of the 2021 season.
Erica Fowler, Collingwood Football Club – AFLW
Originally from Queensland and a rugby sevens player at national level, Erica made the switch to play AFL with Collingwood in 2018. Alongside her AFLW career Erica is also a paramedic.
Felise Kaufusi, Melbourne Storm - NRL
Among the best second-rowers in the comp, Felise has represented Queensland in three Origin games, played for Tonga and Australia at an international level and debuted with the Melbourne Storm in 2015. Felise played a vital role in the Storm’s victory of the 2020 and 2017 NRL Grand Final.
Jack Crisp, Collingwood Football Club – AFL
A key defender and midfield player, Jack debuted for Collingwood in 2015. Beginning his AFL career at the Brisbane Lions, Jack has played a total of 44 AFL games and has won Third Best and Fairest (J.J. Joyce Trophy) three times.
Justin O’Neill, North QLD Cowboys - NRL
Also known as juz-e, this Cowboys star has a long list of accomplishments! Having previously played for the NRL All Stars, represented Queensland in the State of Origin series and a two-time premiership winner in 2012 and 2015, there isn’t much this centre/wing hasn’t done.
Kezie Apps, Australian Jillaroos – NRLW
A lover of rugby since she was a junior playing in her hometown of Bega, Kezie now plays for both the Australian Jillaroos and St George Illawarra Dragons women’s team. Kezie captained the NSW side in the 2020 Women’s State of Origin.
Luke Brooks, Wests Tigers – NRL
Initially a local junior of Wests Tigers, Luke became the starting halfback for the club in 2014. Luke is the West Tigers’ all-time leading try scorer at the position and was awarded the club’s NEL Play of the Year Award in 2019.
Mitchell Moses, Parramatta Eels – NRL
Making his rugby league debut in 2014 with the Wests Tigers, Mitchell made the switch to the Parramatta Eels in 2017. In 2019, he was named as halfback for the Australia Prime Minister’s XIII side and halfback of the year at the Dally M Awards.
Maddie Shevlin, Richmond Football Club – AFLW
A former Australian OzTag representative, Maddie has received great success since picking up AFL. Initially selected as a Melbourne Demons Rookie, Maddie was then drafted by Collingwood late 2018. Maddie made the move to the Richmond Tigers at the end of the 2020/21 season and is earmarked to shake up the Tigers back line.
Reece Hodge, Melbourne Rebels - Rugby Union
A born utility back, Reece began playing rugby for the Melbourne Rebels in 2016. After finishing second in the Rebels overall season try list in 2019, Reece was selected for the Wallabies’ 2019 The Rugby Championship squad and scored three tries for the series.
Renee Garing, Geelong Football Club - AFLW
Before debuting in Geelong’s inaugural season in the AFLW, Renee was part of Geelong’s VFLW team. Renee has been a member of the Cats’ leadership group over the club’s first two seasons and finished third in the 2019 best and fairest.