Our Patrons

Judy Bailey

Judy BaileyShe graced our screens for more than 30 years, now the woman dubbed the "mother of the nation" is focusing her attention to helping children. Of her broadcasting career she says one of the highlights was being able to bring the events that changed the world into people's living rooms. It was a privilege to be part of telling those big stories like the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela and the horror of 9/11, she says. Her main focus now is on her charity work, among other organisations Judy supports, she is a long-time patron of the Muscular Dystrophy Association - thanks to her son's childhood friendship with a boy who was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. This relationship compelled her to get involved in the MDA and help progress the cause in New Zealand.

Judy Bailey has been made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to broadcasting and the community.

Dame Susan Devoy

Dame Susan Devoy needs very little introduction; she is a well-known New Zealand Squash player and sports figure. Between 1984 and 1992 she won eight New Zealand Squash Open titles, eight British Squash Open titles and four Squash World Championship titles.

She was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, was awarded an MBE in 1986, a CBE in 1992, and was honoured as Dame Commander of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1998. Dame Susan was the youngest New Zealander since Sir Edmund Hillary to receive such a high accolade from the Queen.

Dame Susan is absolutely passionate about parenting and the role that we, as parents, can play in raising fit, healthy, active children. It is for this reason that she has been involved in the Halberg Trust and Sport BOP. She has a personal drive to ensure that disabled people are given as many chances as possible. To this end, in 1988, she walked the length ofNew Zealandto raise $500,000 for Muscular Dystrophy and is now the patron of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.