Meet the people who have chosen to become KARI’s brand ambassadors.
Ray Hadley – OAM
Ray spent his childhood in Sydney’s west and on the Mid North Coast of NSW. He knew from a young age he wanted to be a broadcaster, taking on work as an auctioneer, part-time taxi driver and race caller in an effort to fulfil his ambitions.
Fondly known as the ‘People’s Champion’, Ray has had an illustrious career in both radio and television for 33 years. He’s won 25 Australian Commercial Radio Awards – the most ever by any broadcaster – in recognition of his work in talkback/current affairs and in sports broadcasting, including six Olympic Games. Official radio ratings of The Ray Hadley Morning Show have been unbeaten for the past 11 years.
In 2002, Ray was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to rugby league (as a broadcaster) and the community, through fundraising initiatives for charitable organisations.
Ray decided to become a KARI ambassador after visiting the Liverpool office. Here he was overwhelmed by the work KARI does for Indigenous children, guiding them to wonderful outcomes.
Beau spent the first five years of his life in Kempsey, before moving to the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. He played rugby league from an early age – starting out as a South Sydney Junior with the South Eastern Seagulls and La Perouse Panthers.
By 2005, Beau was playing first grade with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, where he stayed for the next six years. The year 2010 saw him achieve a career highlight after being selected to play in the Aboriginal All-Stars Squad. Two seasons with the Melbourne Storm and a stint with The Gold Coast Titans followed, before returning to the Rabbitohs in 2013. Two years later Beau joined the Parramatta Eels, where he saw out his impressive career in Rugby League due to an injury.
Beau is a proud Aboriginal man who’s committed to giving back to the community through his position as a role model. He strives to be a positive influence and help young people tackle tough times not too dissimilar to those he’s experienced in his own life. After becoming a KARI Ambassador in 2015, Beau hopes to make a real change by working alongside the Community Programs team as a mentor for KARI Scholarship holders in years 11 and 12.
Brent was first introduced to KARI when he was playing for the Penrith Panthers and KARI was heavily involved in the clubs Indigenous Round. After hearing a speech by KARI’s CEO Paul Ralph around the importance and meaning of the NRL Close the Gap round, Brent became inspired in the work that KARI did.
His personal vision is “to empower young people to fulfil their potential”, working alongside KARI’s community programs team as a mentor for KARI scholarship holders, allows him to work on this, which he finds extremely rewarding. Brent is a non – Aboriginal man, however he is very passionate about real reconciliation in our communities.
Brent is now retired from professional football but is still heavily involved in the rugby league community and has been appointed the Head Coach of the Windsor Wolves. Brent’s professional highlights include representing NSW in the State of Origin team and being awarded the Clive Churchill Medal for his performance for Manly in the 2008 NRL Grand Final.