Big names to be Australia Day ambassadors in central Victoria

FORMER director of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal Christine Unsworth has been named as Eaglehawk’s Australia Day Ambassador. 

Mrs Unsworth is one of 17 personalities that have been named as ambassadors for towns in the City of Greater Bendigo and surrounding districts. 

Christine Nixon, John Forbes, Ann Peacock and Peter “Crackers” Keenan are just a few public figures who have also been named for the January 26 celebrations.

Mrs Unsworth was an ambassador for the past four years and said she was proud to represent her country. 

“I am looking forward to having the opportunity to come to Eaglehawk and talk to the community,” she said. 

“It is a great honour to be chosen to be an ambassador; I am a very proud Australian.”

Mrs Unsworth said in past years she had travelled to different parts of Victoria. 

“I enjoy travelling around Victoria and speaking with locals,” she said. 

“I have been to Eaglehawk before and am very much looking forward to coming back there and getting to know the community.”

Through her role with the Good Friday Appeal, Mrs Unsworth oversaw community donations of $160 million to the Royal Children’s Hospital  over the past 16 years. 

She said her experience with the Good Friday Appeal had exposed her to many generous Australians. 

“Australia Day is about acknowledging and celebrating the achievements of people within the community,” Mrs Unsworth said. 

For more information on Australia Day celebrations visit the City of Greater Bendigo website closer to the date.

2013 Australia Day Ambassadors 

Matthew Albert – Wedderburn 

Bruce Bonyhady – Carisbrook 

Nigel Dick – Echuca 

John Forbes – Rochester 

David Jenkin – St Arnaud 

Dr Bernard Jenner – Bridgewater/Inglewood

Peter Keenan – Toolleen 

Bronwyn King – Newbridge 

Claude Lombard – Pyramid Hill 

Dr David Marsh – Charlton 

Clare Marsh – Charlton 

Christine Nixon – Kyneton 

Ann Peacock – Lockington 

Rachel Porter – Dunolly 

Christine Unsworth – Eaglehawk

Matthew Christie – Boort

Bill Horman – Kerang

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