Megan Morton is an internationally acclaimed stylist who has been called on to style, design and work her ‘house whispering’ magic for celebrities and magazines including Elle Decorating UK and Vanity Fair. Megan has been a supporter of So They Can since its inception. “Having watched So They Can grow since the beginning, I am so pleased that we will now be working together.” An intrepid traveller, Megan sees a future trip to Africa on the cards, “I would love to visit the communities So They Can works with in Kenya and Tanzania and meet the women and children whose lives are being transformed through education.”
Andrew is a professional footballer, who has captained the Wellington Phoenix since 2008 and played for the New Zealand national team, the All Whites, since 2013.
‘’I’ve been indirectly involved with So They Can over the years, donating my time when the opportunities arise. I now look forward to being more involved in this amazing organisation as one of their Ambassadors. To see so many young children and families affected by poverty, health issues and a lack of education is shocking and with young girls of my own, their situation really hit home.” Andrew lives in Wellington with his wife Sarah and their three girls Adalyn, Milana and Evita.
Rachel Castle (www.castleandthings.com.au) is a much loved and celebrated Australian artist and creator of beautiful things for the home. Rachel has spent the past 20 years in the homeware industry both in Australia and the UK, and currently lives in Sydney. Rachel has been a child sponsor and supporter of So They Can since the beginning. “So They Can works so tirelessly to educate and care for some of the poorest communities in Africa, especially women and children, and I feel privileged to be their ambassador. I’m excited about supporting one of their education programs, Sew Women Can, teaching vulnerable young African women to sew.”
Neil and Sharon Finn
After a career of making music, Neil Finn felt liberated sitting behind a drum kit while his wife took front of stage with a bass guitar. The duo are now two thirds of ‘Pajama Club’, and are also So They Can ambassadors. Neil says “It’s inspiring for us to see what has been achieved already by So They Can in Kenya. They have made it their mission to attach themselves to a community in need and then really follow it through. We are hoping to form a personal connection with the school and these kids and help to spread the word”.
Miranda is an accomplished New Zealand actress and director. She has won international awards for her acting, directing and theatre work. In 2004 Miranda was made an ONZM for her services to theatre and the community. With her love and track record in mentoring it is little wonder why she is passionate in community development and So They Can’s work.
New Zealand born Kimbra has made history on the US Billboard charts, and is now putting her name to a cause close to her heart: becoming an ambassador for So They Can. On her reasons behind the partnership, Kimbra says “It hopefully means being a part of these children’s lives by giving what I can and helping to raise awareness for what we can all do to help”.
Conrad Smith plays for the New Zealand All Blacks and captains the Wellington Hurricanes. Conrad is also barrister and solicitor and practicing in New Zealand. Conrad and his partner Lee have visited the projects twice and especially loved their time at the Holding Hands Children’s Home teaching rugby and getting to know the children. On what inspired him to help out and give up his time he says: “It’s the volunteers over there are the real heroes. All they want you to do is come back and ask for some help to make their job easier. So you sort of feel it’s the least you can do.We get called heroes for playing rugby but man what they do – it’s unreal.”
Laura Wright is an Emmy award winning actress, based in California with her husband Tony Thomas and their two children. ‘I am honoured to be the first US Ambassador for So They Can. My children are my world and my number one love and priority. It is pure luck that they have been born into a comfortable, loving home here in America and not into the extreme poverty of Africa. It is the lives of these African children that So They Can is changing for the better. As Ambassador I will do what I can to support their goal of empowering poor communities through education, to break the poverty cycle enabling them to become self-sufficient.’
Amelia Reid is an actress on the popular prime time drama ‘Shortland Street’ and lives in Auckland with her husband Shadon Meredith. “I feel extremely privileged to be a So They Can ambassador. Child poverty is something that shouldn’t exist. Every life deserves a good start in this world. Education is a key role in ensuring that happens. I love the ethos of So They Can that ‘charity’ is a two way street. The learning is gifted both ways”.
I am thrilled to become a So They Can Ambassador. I believe that when you put out a helping hand to people, you always get much more than you give and you always learn something about your values. One of my favourite quotes is, “If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time but, if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together”. I look forward to working together with So They Can and the communities they support.
Jessica Grace Smith
Jessica is a young fresh talent currently breaking ground in the award winning Australian drama series, Home & Away. After graduating from Toi Whakaari, New Zealand Drama School, with a Bachelor of Performing Arts majoring in Acting, Jess has pursued her love of acting and theatre with vigor.
“I feel very excited and privileged to be working with So They Can. I am particularly inspired by the work they are doing with single mothers in Kenya through Sew Women Can, providing the resources and training for them to become self-sufficient in the future. I want to learn from these communities, these women, and build a reciprocal relationship of sharing, learning and growing.”
Mark & Toni Skaife
Mark Skaife, legendary racing car champion and respected Foxsports commentator and his wife Toni have joined the So They Can family as our Ambassadors.
Mark said of their appointment, “Toni and I are both excited and proud to be working with So They Can. We have literally welcomed them into our family by sponsoring a young student from So They Can’s thriving primary school in Kenya. We will wholeheartedly lend our voice and our support to promote the amazing work So They Can is doing to help break the cycle of poverty via education.”
Tara Brown is a television presenter of the widely acclaimed 60 Minutes in Australia. On why she became an ambassador of So They Can she says “As an international journalist, I have been exposed to the hopelessness of poverty in many different countries and without education there is no sustainable way out. As a So They Can Ambassador I would like to encourage you to invite your friends, colleagues and family to be part of the bigger picture by sponsoring a child with So They Can. Child sponsorship opens a window to a different way of life to a Kenyan child and to you and your family.”