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Lex Marinos OAM - CBF Ambassador

Actor, director, writer, broadcaster and teacher.

Awarded an OAM for services to the performing arts, Lex has held advisory and governance positions with SOCOG (where he directed one of the segments of the Sydney 2000 opening ceremony), The Australia Council and is a former Vice President of the Community Broadcasting Foundation.

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Catherine Chadwick - Beating Loneliness Ambassador

Since 2007 Catherine has been presenting Community Corner, a two hour program of local events and activities on her local community radio station 3WBC.

Prior to getting involved, Catherine was lonely.  Over ten years, she had several health breakdowns and was struggling.  Getting involved in community radio pulled her back from the brink and helped her reconnect.

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Jonathan Brown - Beating Loneliness Ambassador

Chatting today to JB it’s hard to believe that he could have ever been lonely.  JB is the kind of guy that laughs and smiles easily and makes you feel instantly at ease... but it wasn’t always that way for him.  Moving to Melbourne from Adelaide was a challenge.

“As a young man moving out of home for the first time and to a new state was difficult,” he said.  “My first year away from home and living alone was tough.”  So he got involved in the local youth community broadcaster, SYN Media. “I couldn’t have done Melbourne without SYN,” he said.  “I’d done an internship there and knew they were my tribe.”

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Tess Lawley - Beating Loneliness Ambassador

Tess Lawley - Beating Loneliness Ambassador

”It all started when I was 18 and moved to Melbourne from regional Victoria.”

"When I discovered community radio and its people, it was like stumbling alone in the wilderness and then finding my tribe."

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Bob Hargreaves - Beating Loneliness Ambassador

Bob Hargreaves - Beating Loneliness Ambassador

Bob revels in the difference that radio makes to listeners with a disability.  “One chap, blind from birth and a lawyer by profession, said before the on-air reading of papers and magazines, he would stand against the wall and listen to the conversations at social gatherings, because he didn’t have enough information to take part,” Bob recalls.  “Since the birth of the reading service he is now a full and informed part of those conversations.”

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For media enquiries about our Fundraising campaigns or to interview one of our Ambassadors, please contact Anita van Rooyen on (03) 8341 5900.