We are fortunate to have some generous ambassadors who donate their time to support and raise awareness of our work. Our ambassadors are passionate about the care and protection of animals and we’re grateful for their commitment.
Most Victorians will be familiar with the name Peter Alexander. As one of Australia’s most successful fashion designers, recognised for his entrepreneurial mind and business acumen, he is also known as ‘The Pyjama King’.
Peter’s love of animals has been present since he was young, continuing to colour his thinking throughout life, as seen in the fabric prints featured in his pyjama collections over the years. During his time as an Ambassador, Peter has raised more than $1,000,000 for RSPCA Victoria and is also a generous personal donor.
In 2009, Peter adopted Butch from RSPCA Burwood, who went on to become Peter’s beloved friend and ever valued part of his family. Peter is passionate about sharing his voice and platforming our vision to end cruelty to all animals.
Tim Campbell is a true triple threat in the entertainment scene, a talented singer, dancer, actor and Australia’s Golden Boy. Tim is a long-term dedicated RSPCA Victoria Ambassador, having committed his support in 2009.
Over the years, Tim has generously lent his support to various RSPCA events and campaigns, and for eleven years running he has hosted the Million Paws Walk event at Albert Park lake, using his voice to encourage others to walk, fundraise and donate to help RSPCA Victoria in its work to prevent cruelty to all animals.
Tim is a firm part of the RSPCA Victoria family who shares his love of animals with the charm and wit for which he’s so well known.
As one of Melbourne’s most recognisable faces, highly credentialed meteorologist Jane Bunn is best known for forecasting and presenting the nightly weather bulletin on Channel Seven News. Jane has also made her mark as a respected lifestyle show presenter, corporate speaker, radio broadcaster and her crowning glory, as Moomba Monarch in 2019.
Jane has been a huge advocate for animals, ever since adopting a dog who quickly became a much loved part of her family. She’s been a dedicated RSPCA Victoria supporter for many years, helping to promote our work by encouraging others to follow her lead and be involved in events such as Million Paws Walk and Cupcake Day.
As an Ambassador, Jane hopes to share the important work of RSPCA Victoria with the broader community and encourage more people to adopt animals and provide them with a second chance in a loving home.
Tom Mitchell is a champion of the AFL. After a decade playing the in the league, Tom has cemented himself as one of the best in the game receiving a number of impressive accolades including football’s highest honour, a Brownlow Medal, as well as being an All-Australian Player and the Best and Fairest at the Hawthorn Football Club two years running.
When he’s not training, Tom loves spending time with his two golden retrievers Macy and Nala, whom he credits for helping him during one of his darkest moments; having broken his leg in 2019. They are his pride and joy, and the inspiration behind him joining the RSPCA Victoria family.
Tom believes in the power of pets to lift our spirits, bring us into the present moment, love us unconditionally and always bring a smile to our faces.
Gab Pound is an AFLW player for Carlton Football Club and a self-proclaimed passionate dog lover. As a busy athlete, Gab understands the positive impact pets can have on our lives, both physically and mentally. AWFL All Australian in 2019, Gab has had her dog Jessie by her side every step of her career.
Gab adopted Jessie, a greyhound cross Labrador, from RSPCA Victoria in 2019 and they have been constant companions ever since. Jessie is her biggest supporter, cheering her on from the sidelines or waiting at home ready to provide comfort after a hard loss.
Currently studying Outdoor Education, Gab is particularly passionate about teaching young people. As a role model to many, Gab helps promote our education programs to develop empathy and animal welfare knowledge in future generations.
Shani Norder (Née Layton)
Touted as one of the best netballers in the world in the modern era, Sharni’s professional sporting career saw her reach the heights of the netball world, before challenging herself to make the switch to the AFLW. After dominating the Australian netball scene for 15 years, Sharni challenged herself by retraining in AFLW, playing for Collingwood Football Club.
Away from the sporting arena, Sharni has strong family values and is an avid animal lover and supporter of climate change. Having grown up in Bonbeach, Sharni loves to hang out at the beach and spends many days riding her horses.
Having completed a life coaching course & personal training course, Sharni’s passion is to help others and to prove that with a little hard work, that anything is possible. A hard-nosed athlete, Sharni’s work ethic coupled with her fun-loving personality has enabled her to grow her media profile in which she provides national and international netball commentary services to Channel 9 and Sky Sport, whilst also appearing regularly on Fox Sports.
Best known for his outrageously glittery cakes, Dan Pasquali is one of Victoria’s most creative bakers. He was the runner up in 2019’s Australia’s Great Bake Off but won the hearts of the nation with his kind heart and joyful TV persona.
Dan now shares his incredibly beautiful cakes on his much-loved Instagram, @dansbakelab, animals often being the inspiration behind his quirky designs. Originally an Ambassador for RSPCA Queensland, Dan joined the RSPCA Victoria family when he made the move to Melbourne in 2019.
He is an animal lover and supports us throughout the year, especially every October for Cupcake Day where his true talents shine!
Known for his culinary prowess and perfect patisserie skills, Pierrick Boyer is one of Melbourne’s most well-regarded pastry chefs with four cafes across Melbourne and his flagship store in Prahran, Reverie. Pierrick is the creative genius behind all the beautiful delights he serves, including croissants, cakes, all day breakfast & brunch and petit-fours.
Ever since he was a young boy in France, Pierrick’s love for animals has been a constant source of joy throughout his life. He is always looking for ways to help fight animal cruelty and has been a long-standing supporter of RSPCA Victoria since moving to Australia in 2004.
Pierrick has two Jack Russells, Lelemu and Kekoa, who often feature on his Instagram and help their friends at RSPCA Victoria!
Animal lover and world-renowned pastry chef, Darren Purchese, has joined RSPCA Victoria as the newest ambassador passionate about the care and protection of animals.
A long-time supporter of RSPCA’s work to prevent cruelty to animals, Darren will work with the organisation across various programs and campaigns – helping to educate the community regarding animal welfare, as well as promoting fundraising campaigns and other ways to get involved.
Owner and head-chef at Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio in South Yarra, Darren said he is proud to be working alongside RSPCA Victoria, particularly when it comes to encouraging humane food choices.
Emmanuelle Mattana is a young actor and creative best known for playing the lead role of Marni in ABCMe’s popular tween series ‘Mustangs FC’. She is passionate about telling stories that uplift LGBT+ youth and are full of heart and humour.
A lover of animals, Emmanuelle spent her childhood on her grandparents farm surrounded by cows, chickens and wallabies, and now lives in Naarm/Melbourne with her four-legged adopted cat bestie, Raf.