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Our Ambassadors

HeartKids’ ambassadors play a vital role in helping to raise awareness in the media and the community and promoting the work of HeartKids. We are so grateful for all the time and support they provide for us.

Read about our dedicated ambassadors below:  

Andrew Gaff

AFL Player, West Coast Eagles

West Coast Eagles star and HeartKids ambassador is an amazing supporter of HeartKids and the work we do. He is always happy to talk to our community and encourages the young ones to reach for their goals.

Mark and Jay O’Shea

 Australian country music duo

Mark and Jay have been amazing supporters of HeartKids for many years.  Mark is from Dalby in Queensland and is a heart kid. Jay is from Adelaide and they live together in Nashville, Tennessee where they produce their music and raise their gorgeous child.

David Strassman


David has been entertaining children and adults alike and joined HeartKids to bring some much-needed smiles to our HeartKids community with his sidekick Ted E Bare. He is a great advocate of our community and his audiences forget that it's actually a one-man show!

Gyton Grantley


Gyton will be a familiar face to many and you may have seen him on a number of popular Australian TV shows including "Underbelly" and "House Husbands" and recently a new mini-series "Informer".

Gyton has also appeared as Harry Potter's best friend, Ron Weasley, in the Australian production of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" in Melbourne. Gyton along with the cast from the show read chapters from the Harry Potter books to our HeartKids community during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Gyton has a connection to HeartKids as he is the cousin of Heart Angel Mikey's Mum Melissa. Mikey sadly lost his short battle with CHD in 2016 and will always be remembered as a strong warrior with the biggest smile.

Hayley Raso

Football Star, Matildas

Hayley Raso is an Australian football player, currently playing for Everton in the English FA Women’s Super League. Raso has set up residence in the UK, where she is pursuing her dream of playing club and international football. Hayley has also played for Australia’s national team, the Matildas, since 2012.

Hayley became an official HeartKids ambassador in 2021 after witnessing firsthand, the impact that congenital heart disease has had on her family after her brother Lachlan was diagnosed with the disease.

Jaidyn Stephenson

AFL Player, North Melbourne

North Melbourne AFL Player and Heart Kid Jaidyn has been an amazing advocate for heart kids as he inspires them to be the best they can be. Giving up lost of his time to meet our community, host fundraising lunches and always happy to front the media and speak about his journey.

Kennedy Cherrington

WNRL Player, Parramatta Eels & NSW Blues

Roosters and NSW Blues Player and Heart Kid Kennedy has recently joined HeartKids to help inspire other young people to be the best they can be. Originally diagnosed with a leaky valve at age 3 she has been determined not to let her congenital heart disease define her but wears it as a badge of honour. 

Simon Reeve


Media presenter and heart kid dad Simon is very passionate about HeartKids and is always helping us raise awareness of congenital or acquired heart disease. Simon has been a long-time advocate and an amazing supporter of HeartKids.