Act for Kids are excited to welcome on board Sue Clarke from Australian Survivor 2016 as our newest Ambassador. Based in Western Australia, Sue is a wife, mother of six and grandmother of 17! She worked as a customs officer for 29 years before retiring and taking up personal training.
She recently spent 65 days in Samoa away from her husband and family to compete on Australian Survivor and walked away with an incredible passion to volunteer her time and use her profile to raise awareness for children that have suffered abuse or neglect.
During my time on Survivor I had the opportunity to take time out and re-evaluate my life. I was studying at university but wasnt enjoying it. I had a moment of clarity and I just knew that when I returned home I would leave my course, find a charity that I connected to and do everything I could to help, Sue said.
Having worked up north in Australia for many years with indigenous populations, refugees from war torn countries who had brought their children on perilous voyages for a better life and seeing firsthand what abused and neglected children go through in the judicial system, Sue knew that it was her time to give back and make a difference to the lives of Australias children.
After leaving Samoa, I was so clear in my mind that whatever charity I worked with, needed to be all about protecting children and helping children live safe and happy lives, Sue said.
When I started researching, Act for Kids just jumped out at me. Although there isnt a physical presence in WA just yet, I would love to see this happen which is why I decided to reach out. It wasnt long before I was in Brisbane touring the Wooloowin centre and meeting the team at the Act for Kids Head Office!
Sue has already raised $15,000 for Act for Kids after winning All Star Family Feud with her fellow Survivor castaways!
It is my desire to raise enough funds to take the Learn to be safe with Emmy & friends protective behaviours programme into even more schools and communities in WA. Id also love to find the right supporters to see an Act for Kids centre open here in Perth, Sue said.
Sue and her husband Ron, will be joining the 2017 Trek for Kids and taking on the Great Wall of China to raise money for abused and neglected children around Australia.
For more information about the New Zealand trek or to donate, please visit: https://www.trekforkids.com.au