Little Windmills Ambassadors

We’re grateful for the support of key Australian personalities who roll up their sleeves as Little Windmills Ambassadors to selflessly make a difference in the lives of country kids and their families doing it tough.   

John Eales AM

The important work Little Windmills is doing with seriously sick and injured country kids is integral in providing support to our rural and regional communities.  The financial relief they provide families makes an incredible difference when their children and their communities are doing it tough.”  John Eales

John debuted for the Wallabies in 1991 and captained the side from 1996 until the end of his Test career in 2001.  He participated in two successful World Cup campaigns and led Australia through three Bledisloe Cups, two Tri-Nations and a British & Irish Lions series victory.

He was inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame, the International Rugby Board Hall of Fame, the Australia Institute of Sport’s Best of the Best, awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1999 for services to the community and rugby.

He is highly regarded both nationally and internationally for his sporting achievements, business sense and generosity, John is a most welcome addition to the role of Little Windmills Ambassador.

Demi Hayes

“I am proud to be an ambassador of Little Windmills: The Country Kids Charity, as a country girl myself, it is a cause close to my heart.  Little Windmills play’s an important role in financially supporting country families with seriously sick and injured kids, families who are often under financial strain and need to travel great distances for medical attention and support.   To be involved with an Australian charity that helps the country so practically is incredibly rewarding.”   Demi Hayes

Demi is a proud country girl who enjoys her campdrafting as much as representing Australia in Rugby 7’s.  She tours with the Australian women’s team on the World Circuit and enjoyed representing Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth games.  She is a wonderful role model for young Australians, particularly those in bush.  She is a valued member of the Little Windmills family and cares deeply about the work we do with seriously sick and injured children.

Justin O’Neill

After learning about the work Little Windmills do, I’m really excited to be partnering with them and helping promote the great things they do in rural and remote Queensland.

Growing up in a country town like Hughenden, you’re many hundreds of kilometres away from services that people in larger centres take for granted.  So to know that there’s a group like Little Windmills out there who specialise in lending a hand to children and their families in their hour of need it’s extremely comforting.”  Justin O’Neill

In 2016 Justin had a break out year in the NRL earning a call up to the Queensland Maroons state of origin squad.  In 2015 he won a premiership with his current team and Little Windmills partners the North Queensland Cowboys.

He has played in five finals games with the Melbourne Storm and represented the NRL All Stars squad against the Indigenous All Stars.  As a country product himself he is proud to be a Little Windmills Ambassador.

Mark Ella AM

I’m proud to be associated with Little Windmills, a charity that relieves the financial burden on parents who have kids that are fighting for their life or their place in it, they enable mums and dads to focus on what’s important, the well-being of their little one.  It’s an important work that offers critical support in times of real need.” Mark Ella AM

Mark Ella AM is one of Australian rugby union’s great legends.  Between 1980 and 1984 he represented the Wallabies 25 times, during the 1982-83 season he became the first Indigenous Australian to captain the Wallabies.  In his final test season, the Grand Slam Tour of Britain and Ireland, Mark scored a try in each of the four test matches against the home unions.

In 1982, Mark was named Young Australian of the Year and in 1983 made a Member the Order of Australia (AM). He has been inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame and the International Rugby Hall of Fame Inaugural XV.

We are grateful for his support and that Little Windmills is a cause close to his heart.

Chris Roche

As a former country kid and a parent myself, I have a heart for the bush and a genuine concern for the children and families Little Windmills supports.  It’s an honour to be involved with an organisation that’s having such a positive impact in the country and to parents with a seriously sick or injured child.”  Chris Roche

Chris is a highly regarded rugby union statesman, he has represented The Queensland Reds, The Australian Rugby Union Sevens Team and the Wallabies, Chris has been named in the top 100 Wallabies of all time.  His many coaching achievements include the Ballymore tornadoes in the former Australian Rugby Championship and The Australian Under 19s team.

A former country kid and a parent himself, Chris has a heart for the bush and a genuine concern for the children and families Little Windmills supports, we are grateful for Chris’ ongoing input and contribution to Little Windmills and the lives of the country kids we help.

Tom Lawton

I am proud to be associated with Little Windmills not only because of the work they do but how they do it, they operate with compassion, transparency and hard work, charities of this nature are an important part of Australia’s country communities, this ones important to me.”  Tom Lawton

Tom represented Australian Schoolboys and Queensland Under 21’s, he represented the Wallabies in France prior to debuting at club level for Queensland.  He is widely considered the world’s best in his position during the 1980s.  He represented the Wallabies at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, and played his final test against the British & Irish Lions.  He is shortlisted on the QLD Reds hall of fame and currently features in media circles.

We  welcome Tom’s support and appreciate him aligning himself with Little Windmills as an Ambassador to make a positive change in the lives of the rural and regional kids we help.

Michael O’Connor

It’s a pleasure to be an Ambassador for Little Windmills: The Country Kids Charity, the positive difference they make to country families with a child who is seriously unwell can’t be overstated.

Michael represented Australia in both rugby league and rugby union, playing 13 tests for the Wallabies and 17 tests for the kangaroos.  In league, Michael claimed a premiership with Manly and won Daly M centre of the year three times.  Post his playing career, he has been a selector for the ARU and an independent selector for the Wallabies, he coached the Australian sevens team from 2007 until 2014.

We are proud to have Michael invested in the Little Windmills Charity to help bring health, hope and happiness to Australia’s country kids.