Giving Back

Starlight Children’s Foundation

Since 1988 the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s mission is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families … because sick kids are still kids at heart.

Their unique programs are the result of extensive research and respond to the specific needs of Aussie kids and teens. The foundation knows what kids and their families are facing when serious illness or injury consumes their lives.  They disrupt the relentless cycle of pain and trauma and offer a welcome break so that sick kids can simply be kids.

Deborah, along with the Starlight Foundation believes that fun fights fear and wins every time.  She has been Master of Ceremonies at the Starlight Children’s Foundation Five Chefs Dinner in Sydney for the past few years and loves to give back to this wonderful cause.

Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre

A wellness philosophy is incorporated into all aspects of care at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre, a warm and supportive environment for all people affected by cancer.

“When I went through breast cancer, it was very important to me to do other things besides the chemotherapy and surgery. I did meditation, acupuncture and many other alternative therapies to help heal the whole person — mind, body and spirit. The Wellness Centre is a wonderful place for patients and their families to go to during their treatment to have access to the same therapies.”  -Olivia Newton-John

The Wellness Centre is the hub for Wellness Programs and the Wellness & Supportive Care team also coordinate a range of complementary therapies that are offered in wellness spaces throughout the ONJCWC.

For several years Deborah has been MC at the Olivia Newton-John Gala in Melbourne and has been humbled to work with an incredible group of people, helping to raise funds for this fabulous cause.

Skin Cancer Foundation Inc.

Since her own brush with skin cancer in 2010 Deborah has been proud to be a Healthy Skin Ambassador for the Skin Cancer Foundation Inc.  The Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc is a not-for-profit, DGR registered, organisation which provides specialist treatment, education and research for a wide variety of skin disorders, skin cancers and melanomas.

Established in 1987 by 38 professional dermatologists, the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc has become Australia’s centre of excellence in dermatology, and is at the forefront of delivering healthy skin by dermatologists.

Diseases of the skin are one of Australia’s major public health problems. Every day, dermatologists see patients with a wide range of conditions; some debilitating that profoundly affect self-esteem, the ability to socialise and to work.