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Become a Donor

Help us support the Award’s growth, accessibility and impact across the globe by becoming a champion of young peoples’ infinite potential. There are different ways you can become a financial supporter from supporting young people in your local area to globally. 

Right now, young people in particular face exceptional change and uncertainty. Yet, if given the opportunity, they will discover there is more in them than they think. With the necessary skills and experience they can become more resilient, adaptable, and ready for change. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills through physical activity, service, and adventurous experiences, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award can play a critical role in their development outside the classroom.  

Help us support the Award’s growth, accessibility and impact across the globe and become a champion of young peoples’ infinite potential.

Ambassadors prefixed with (c) are called continuous donors.

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Award Friend

Individuals and organisations can choose to support the Duke of Ed by making financial or pro-bono/in-kind contributions. Alternatively, you can become an annual Friend of the Award with contributions starting at $20 a month or $240 per year. Funds kindly donated by our Sponsors, Supporters, and Friends are used to assist disadvantaged young Australians with their registration fees, expenses related to their activities, and direct costs of their Award Leader.

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Award Ambassador

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Ambassador Program was launched in October 2009 by Her Excellency Prof. Marie Bashir, NSW Governor, and HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, at a ceremony in Sydney. 

Ambassadors for the Duke of Ed are members of the community who use their talent and networks to promote the value and importance of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for young Australians. The support of our Ambassadors is vital to raising awareness and expanding the Award program across Australia.  


The Commitment of our Ambassadors

  1. To provide a financial donation of $25,000 (100% tax deductible) that goes directly towards supporting Award Projects.
  2. To advocate for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award across all sectors to assist in raising funds and awareness.
  3. Ambassadors after 5 years are invited to become continuous donors towards project and research work supporting disadvantaged youth. 


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Our Ambassadors as at March 2024
Ellen Ahrens
Riley Ahrens
Robert Ahrens OAM & Marjory Ahrens
Stefan & Leanne Ahrens (c)
Antoinette Albert (c)
Samitha Aluwihare & Zeenat Awan Aluwihare
Michael & Loretta Anthony
The Hon. Larry Anthony AO & Jenny Anthony (c)
Neelofer Awan (c)
Saqib Awan (c)
Philip Bacon AM (c)
Peter Benson AM (c)
Patricia Bohnenn-Sproule
Michael & Angelique Boileau
Charlie & Anne Bontempo
Kim Brislane
Damien & Anna Brown (c)
Hamish Brown & Elizabeth Palmer
Ken & Barbara Brown
Phoebe Brown
Simon Brown (c)
Todd & Arabella Brown
Wendy Brown (c)
Charlie Buchanan
David & Penny Buckland (c)
Bruce Carter & Dina Matters
Alistair Cavill (c)
Joanna Collins AM (c)
Glenn & Caroline Crane (c)
Paul Crawford & David Crawford (c)
George Crouch (c)
Shanny Crouch
Paul & Anna Davison (c)
Ron & Elizabeth de Wit
Rodney Detmold
Ted & Diane Egan (c)
Scott & Zoe Elvish
Prof Linda English
Mario & Janelle Evangelo
Hamish Findlay
Nicholas & Rainey Floreani
Andrew Forrest AO
Dominic Fracaro AM & Deborah Fracaro AM
Quintin & Donella Freeman
Chris Gannon (c)
Robert Gerard AO & Fay Gerard OAM (c)
Elizabeth Gilchrist AM (c)
Dr David Grabovac (c)
Dr Leslie Green
Tina Green (c)
Perry Gunner
Malcolm & Andrea Hall-Brown (c)
Deborah Hamilton
Craig Hammond
Stephen & Kerrie Hauville
Nicholas & Melissa Heard
Dr Betty Byrne Henderson AM
Prof Michael Henderson & Jody Lennon
Dick Honan
Peter Howarth OAM (c)
Anita Jacoby AM (c)
Andrew James
Bill & Elizabeth James (c)
Elizabeth Jeavons-Fellows
Tom Jeavons-Fellows (c)
Alan Jones
John Kain
Haniff & Roseline Kassim
Barbara Kefford
Raymond and Cheryl Khabbaz
Anthony & Deborah Lennon
Nicholas & Amanda Lennon
Rebecca Lennon
Tony & Gwenyth Lennon
Kay Leverington (c)
James Levinson & Kerry Larsen
Mark Livesey QC
David Lovelock
Tracey Stegall
David Uther OAM & Pam Uther
Norman Mackay
Fiona MacLachlan OAM
Callum MacLachlan
Cheryl Macnaught
Sue Maple-Brown AM (c)
Robert & Pamela McCabe
Sam & Jessica McCabe (c)
Don McKenzie
Penelope McKeown
Barbara McMahon
David & Jane McMahon
Andrew & Katherine McMahon
Ken & Joanna Meddows-Taylor
Santo & Joyce Merenda
Hilton & Lynda Misso (c)
Nick Mole (c)
Bill & Elizabeth Morrison (c)
Susan Mould
Tom Mould AO
John & Jacky Mousellis (c)
Ron Murphy
Andrew Murray AM (c)
Primula Murray (c)
Gary Nairn AO & Rose Nairn
James Neal
The Hon. Sir Eric Neal AC CVO
Jonathan Nitschke
Ross Norgard
The Hon. Sandra Nori (c)
Rodney Norman APM
Greg & Alwyne Nunn (c)
Andrew Nunn & Alexandra Dimos
Creagh & Patricia O'Connor
David Paradice AO (c)
The Hon. John Pascoe AC CVO
Nicholas Paspaley AC (c)
Grant Patterson
Mark & Eugenia Pickard
Jeff Pinkerton OAM & Marilyn Pinkerton
David & Sophie Pittman
Andrew Pridham AO & Carolyn Pridham
Warren Randall
Joe Randazzo OAM & Sarina Randazzo
Alan & Lynne Ridge
Geoff & Jennifer Robertson (c)
John J Robinson
John Robinson AO (c)
Warwick & Margot Ross
Gary Rowe (c)
Christopher Rowe (c)
David & Dallas Sanders
Angela Scott
Gavin Sigley
Cameron Smart
Paul & Bronwyn Smith (c)
Matthew Somers
Gary Spence
Trevor St Baker AO (c)
Judith St Baker (c)
Philip & Peta St Baker
Gregory & Lorraine Stagbouer
Nigel Stewart (c)
Josephine Stone AM
The Hon. Shane Stone AC PGDK QC
Campbell Taylor
Edward Taylor
Rob Thomas AO (c)
Julia Tregoning
Simon Tregoning
Tony & Karen Trevisan (c)
Lucy Turnbull AO
Andy Turnbull & Sharyn Crawford
Dr Euahna Varigos
Brian White AO & Rosie White
Jim Whiting OAM
Jim Williams & Clare Dunlop
Shaun & Ronnie Williamson
Angus Wilson
Madeleine Stone
Jack Stone
In Memoriam

Michael Crouch AC 

Dr Lee MacCormick Edwards 

Robert Maple-Brown AO 

Andi Von Zappelin 

Joanna Sturgess 

Doug Kefford AO 

Peter Weiss AO (c) 

Sam Gannon OAM 

Carla Zampatti AC 

Lady Joan Neal AM DstJ 

Jocelyn Murphy AM 

Maurice Green AM 

Glen McMahon 

Business Ambassador

As part of the Duke of Ed’s corporate support group, our Business Ambassadors are invited to pledge $10,000 per year for 5 years.

The funds provided by our Business Ambassadors empower us engage in projects designed to increase participation among young people who are considered disadvantaged, at risk, or lack adequate support. Funds are also used to provide access to the Award for young people in isolated and remote communities.

If you are interested in the Business Ambassador Program and would like further information, please contact CEO Peter Kaye on (02) 8241 1500 (option 3) or ceo@dukeofed.com.au.

World Fellowship

The World Fellowship is a network of likeminded individuals from around the world, all equally passionate about helping more young people to fulfil their potential and discover their purpose, passion and place in the world. Established in 1987 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT the World Fellowship recognises and celebrates the philanthropists of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.  

The World Fellowship brings its supporters together at events and meetings all around the world and plays a vital part in helping more young people to benefit from participating in the Award, it is our most significant source of philanthropic support, making the greatest impact to enable us to reach more young people particularly those who are at risk of from marginalised communities.

If you are interested in the World Fellowship Program, Award Benefactor and would like further information, please contact CEO Peter Kaye on (02) 8241 1500 (option 3) or ceo@dukeofed.com.au

Australian World Fellows

Mr Peter Benson AM 

Mrs Joanna Collins AM 

Mr Haniff Kassim 

Mr Robert Gerard AO 

Mr Alun Legge 

Mr Tony Lennon 

The Hon. Sir Eric Neal AC CVO 

Mr Clive Palmer 

The Hon. John Pascoe AC CVO 

Mr Matthew Power 

Mr Warren Randall 

Mr John Robinson AO 

Mrs Imelda Roche AO 

If you are under 50 you can join the Young Fellows, a network of successful, like-minded individuals, united in their desire to ensure the sustainability of the Award. As a Young Fellow you also have the opportunity to attend exciting international social events. 

Australian Young World Fellows

Mr Michael Palmer 

Mr William Schoch 

In Memoriam

Mr Michael Crouch AC 

Mr Charlie Miller OAM 

Mr Peter Weiss AO 

Ms Carla Zampatti AC 

Lady Joan Neal AM

Award Benefactor

This is our most prestigious sponsor opportunity with lifetime recognition and an exclusive dinner for 10 guests with His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Edward KG GCVO. The minimum donation is $500,000.

If you are interested in the World Fellows Program, Award Benefactor and would like further information, please contact CEO Peter Kaye on (02) 8241 1500 (option 3) or ceo@dukeofed.com.au

Supporter Guide



Former Benefactor

The late Michael Crouch AC

The late Michael Crouch AC became The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Australia’s Benefactor in 2012, the highest status within our donor categories, and made possible a number of Award initiatives during this time. Michael, through ZIP Industries, was a principal sponsor commencing in 2008 and served on the National Board for 5 years and was also the Vice President of The Friends of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award in Australia. 

Since his passing in early 2018, his family have continued to support The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award in Australia. 

We are very grateful for the continuous generosity of the Crouch family. 

Principal Sponsor

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Mr Bill James 

Bill James is a founding Director of Flight Centre Limited, Australia’s largest travel retailer and a listed company with 12,000 staff worldwide.  Travel Associates, also a major supporter of The Duke of Ed in Australia, is part of the Flight Centre group. 

Bill has published several books, the latest being a Field Guide to the Kokoda Track, a comprehensive historical guide for trekkers to this significant WW2 battlefield in Papua New Guinea. 

Bill has a strong belief that the Kokoda Trek is a wonderful, life-changing experience for young Australians and in 2012, has generously provided funding to allow an incredible opportunity for over 300 young people from around the country – the opportunity to complete their Bronze Award, culminating in a guided Kokoda Trek as the Adventurous Journey component.

The Award is largely self-funding in Australia with any grant support gratefully received from state/territory/federal government being typically directed to specific high need or special need youth. Donors and supporter's funds are 100% directed to supporting youth to undertake the Award program. This is by way of assistance with their registration fee, their activity expenses (typically towards the cost of undertaking the adventurous journey) and direct costs of their Award Leader (The Award has approximately 60,000 volunteers). All donations are fully tax-deductible .