Our Patron & Ambassadors

Our Patron

Peter Hitchener is the Patron of the Barwon Health Foundation and Geelong Hospital Appeal.

Peter has been bringing Melbournians their news for more than 30 years and over this time has come to be Australia's most trusted and respectable news presenters on the Nine Network.

A great deal of Peter's spare time is taken up by community service activities and he is regularly a guest speaker at charity, community and school events. Peter lives in inner suburban Melbourne, his main pastimes are tennis and golf, and he is a lifelong St Kilda football club supporter.

Peter regularly attends the Barwon Health Hospital Appeal events including The Queen's Birthday Giving Weekend and Gala Day.

Our Ambassadors

Meet the Barwon Health Foundation Ambassadors Denis Walter, Daniel Menzel, Stacey Johnson, Mike Hirst, Sarah Czarnuch, Scott Selwood and Travis Boak. The Ambassadors and Patron Peter Hitchener are dedicated to raising the profile and community support for the Barwon Health Hospital Appeal.

Stacey Johnson

Stacey is the wife of former Geelong Football Club player David Johnson and in 2012 at the age of 26 was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma cancer in her breast. At the time, Stacey was 25 weeks pregnant.

The aggressive nature of the cancer meant that in order to save her life Stacey needed to start treatment urgently. This urgency also meant she would need to have her baby delivered early.

David and Stacey's baby boy, Reggie, was delivered safely at 29 weeks via caesarean just days before Stacey underwent cancer treatment. The treatment involved multiple tests, scans and surgeries including a radical mastectomy, a tissue and muscle transfer and part-rib removal. She also underwent an intensive radiotherapy program which required hospitalisation twice a day over a five week period.


Sarah Czarnuch

The national Miss Universe finalist is no stranger to the foundation as she has been working with us as an intern and more recently as a volunteer.

Sarah has worked with us on many of our past events, either behind the scenes, modelling on the catwalk or out on the road doing our annual tin shake! Sarah utilises her social media profile to promote awareness of the current campaign #Project Love.

Denis Walter - Afternoon presenter 3AW

Denis is Geelong born and bred and proudly supports many charitable causes. The 3AW radio host has added ambassador for Barwon Health to that list and is looking forward to his involvement. Denis continues television work, singing and corporate commitments as part of a busy schedule.

Daniel Menzel - Geelong Cats

Daniel is the new ambassador who has committed to support The Andrew Love Cancer Centre redevelopment.

"I'm excited to be involved as an ambassador for the Geelong Hospital Appeal and to lend my support to the redevelopment of the Special Care Nursery to help improve the facilities for sick and premature babies," Daniel said.

Travis Boak

Travis Boak is the Captain of Port Adelaide Football Club. Originally from Torquay, his dad, Roger Boak received care at the Andrew Love Cancer Centre. Sadly, Roger Boak passed away the year before Travis was drafted to Port Adelaide.Travis and his family were inspired to fundraise for the Andrew Love Cancer Centre, in memory of Roger.

Barwon Health Foundation's Executive Director Jill Moodie says, "We are thrilled to have Travis Boak as an Ambassador for the Foundation. He, along with his family and friends has already raised significant funds for The Chair Appeal for the Andrew Love Cancer Centre Day Ward."

Mike Hirst – Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Mike was appointed Managing Director in July 2009 and has extensive experience in banking, treasury, funds management and financial markets. He was also a past director of Barwon Health.

Mike said "In the almost 10 years I spent on the Barwon Health board I had the privilege to observe the extraordinary dedication and care that the Barwon Health staff provide to our community. Often that is done in trying circumstances and with limited resources so anything that can be done to assist these wonderful people to provide even better care is time well spent".

Mike participated in Dry July and raised money for the Andrew Love Cancer Centre.

Scott Selwood - Geelong Cats

Geelong Cats Scott Selwood has eagerly accepted the role as an ambassador of the Barwon Health Hospital Appeal.

The current project of the Appeal is #Project Love raising funds for the redevelopment of the Andrew Love Cancer Centre

As an ambassador,Scott is raising awareness of the redevelopment and assist in special events held throughout the year which will raise much needed funds for the project.

Brother of Captain Joel Selwwod, Scott joins fellow team mate Daniel Menzel as an ambassador for #Project Love