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.

His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) Governor of New South Wales

Former Patron

His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), is the 38th Governor of New South Wales. He commenced his five year tenure in October 2014.

Prior to his appointment as Governor, His Excellency served for 42 years in the Australian Army, concluding his service as the Chief of the Defence Force. His Excellency was appointed a Companion within the Order of Australia in 2010 for eminent service to the Australian Defence Force, and had been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his leadership during Operation SOLACE in Somalia in 1993.

His Excellency is married to Linda and has three adult children: Caitlin, Marcus and Amelia. He has a wide range of interests in the arts and in sport.

The Hon Jillian Skinner

Vice Patron

Jillian Skinner was the NSW Minister for Health. She was first elected as the Member for North Shore in 1994 and has been re-elected five times. Ms Skinner was first appointed Shadow Minister for Health in 1995 and has more experience in healthcare than any other politician in Australia. She has also held the Shadow portfolios of Education and Training, Youth Affairs and Arts. Ms Skinner formally resigned in February 2017.

She began her career as a journalist in Melbourne and was the first female in the Victorian Parliamentary Press Gallery. Minister Skinner also worked in Adelaide, Sydney, South East Asia and spent a number of years living in the United States. She operated her own marketing consultancy and has been actively involved in community organisations for many years.

Prior to her election, Ms Skinner was the Director of the NSW Office of Youth Affairs and has served on a number of bodies, including the NSW Women’s Advisory Council and NSW Youth Advisory Council.

Peter FitzSimons AM


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


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.


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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