about taldumande

Taldumande supports vulnerable and homeless children and young people aged 12-21 years, and their families. Based in Northern Sydney and the Northern Beaches, we support young people from all across Sydney.

Patrons and Ambassadors

Our patrons and ambassadors generously give their time to attend events and raise awareness of family breakdown and youth homelessness in Sydney.

Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC Governor of New South Wales

Patron

Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC is the 39th Governor of New South Wales, commencing her five year tenure on 2 May 2019.

Prior to her appointment as Governor, Her Excellency enjoyed a long and distinguished law career spanning 43 years, during which time she served as a role model for women in law at both the State and national level.

Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989, in 1993 she was made a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, the first woman to sit exclusively in that Court. In 1996, she achieved the distinction of being the first woman appointed to the New South Wales Court of Appeal and, subsequently, as the first woman to be appointed as its President. She served, on a number of occasions, as Administrator of the Government of the State of New South Wales.

She was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List on 12 June 2006 for service to the judiciary and the law.

Her Excellency has three children – Erin, Lauren and Anthony Sullivan – and is married to Mr. Dennis Wilson, a barrister, mediator, accredited international arbitrator and Adjunct Professor of Law, at Notre Dame University, Sydney.

Her Excellency brings her deep commitment to education, youth leadership, human rights and social justice to the role in service of the people of New South Wales.

Peter FitzSimons AM

Ambassador

Peter is a well-respected Sydney journalist who speaks four languages and has played rugby for Australia, co-hosted radio shows and written 25 best-selling books. His varied career has seen him interview a number of international celebrities including George Bush, Sir Edmund Hillary, Jodie Foster, Carl Lewis, Gough Whitlam, Julia Gillard, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and a range of major Australian sporting figures.

Born on a farm in Peat’s Ridge, Peter completed a Bachelor of Arts at Sydney University majoring in government and political science. He joined the Wallabies in 1984 and played internationally until joining the Sydney Morning Herald as a columnist in 1989. Peter was an ongoing supporter of Taldumande for many years before joining Jean Kittson as an Ambassador in 2015.

Jean Kittson

Ambassador

Jean Kittson is an actor, comedian and scriptwriter. She is also an author and public speaker. Jean came to national attention on ABC TV’s, ‘The Big Gig’, followed by Let the Blood Run Free, Kittson Fahey, Good News Week and The Glasshouse.

She has been a regular columnist with New Weekly, Sunday Telegraph, the Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney Magazine, Inspire Magazine and the Readers Digest Health Smart Magazine.

She is a panellist on ABC 702 radio drive program, Thank God It’s Friday. She has for many years been involved in women’s health and has written a cheerful guide to menopause:  “You’re Still Hot to Me. The Joys of Menopause.” She was a founding Director of the National Cord Blood Bank, the inaugural Chair of the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation and a founding Ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia.

Jean became Taldumande’s first Ambassador in 2011 and is a passionate advocate for organisations that support young people and their families.

Ciaran Lyons

Ambassador

One of Australia’s fastest-rising stand-up comedy stars and media personalities, Ciaran began performing stand-up at just fourteen and was a roving reporter for The Project before he turned eighteen. Now in his early twenties, Ciaran is already a seasoned professional. With multiple comedy award wins and nominations, TV and radio appearances and sell-out shows on the comedy festival circuit, Ciaran is a firm fixture in Australia’s comedy and media landscape.

Ciaran confronted Australia’s homelessness crisis as one of the five participants spending ten days living on the streets for SBS TV’s acclaimed series Flilthy Rich and Homeless. The highly anticipated, must-watch third season aired in June 2020 on SBS.

Driven by the time he spent with some of Sydney’s most vulnerable youth whilst seeking shelter, warmth and basic amenities at our Crisis Refuge, Ciaran was so affected by the work being done for homeless children and young people that he is now an Ambassador for the service and has pledged to do what he continue raising awareness for homelessness.

Further TV and radio credits include regular guest reporting for Channel Ten’s The Project, stand-up performances on ABC TV’s Comedy Bites Gala, triple j’s Good Az Friday live show (broadcast from Melbourne Town Hall for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival) and guest appearances on Foxtel’s The Couch and the Nine Network’s Talkin’ About Your Generation. An in-demand podcast guest, Ciaran has appeared on Justin Hamilton’s The ShelfWil Anderson and Friends at Splendour in the Grass, and hosting the hugely popular The Dollop live show. He regularly presents on national youth station triple j, where he has been heard solo hosting every show from the early morning shift to the Breakfast Show and Drive.

The two-time triple j RAW Comedy state finalist was awarded Artists’ Choice at the Wild West Comedy Fest in 2015 and Next Gen Comedian by the Perth Comedy Festival at just sixteen years of age. He’s been nominated for Best Comedy at FRINGE WORLD and was hand-picked by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) for their elite Comedy Zone showcase of the hottest new comics in Australia. A still teenaged Ciaran was honoured alongside Tame Impala, Troye Sivan and Danny Green by The Sunday Times as one of WA’s Hottest People of 2016.

Now based in Sydney, Lyons is a regular at all the major comedy venues and festivals across Australia and an in-demand MC for events and corporate functions. These have included WA HyperFest Music Festival Mainstage, Peking Duk’s Melbourne Clothing Launch Event and hosting triple j’s RAW Comedy state finals in both NSW and WA.

HELP US CONTINUE OUR VITAL WORK WITH CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES

Many of our programs fall outside government funding, which means we rely on money raised from individuals and organisations to continue our vital work.

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