AMBASSADORS OF THE ACF
The ACF are fortunate enough to have support from 3 special ambassadors; Ian, Alica, and The Waifs.
My sixth sense told me that I would want to help out at the Albany Community Foundation and this feeling was confirmed when I attended an early-morning meeting of the Board. These were people in the main young business types who were clearly focused and committed, but down-to-earth and prepared to do whatever is necessary to make the Foundation a worthwhile contributor to the fabric of Albany life. I feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to play a role.
Ian James Brayshaw is a former cricketer and Australian rules footballer. Brayshaw played 101 first-class cricket matches for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield. He is best remembered as being the seventh Australian cricketer to have taken all 10 wickets in a first-class innings in a Sheffield Shield match in October 1967. Brayshaw also played Australian rules football for the Claremont Football Club in the West Australian National Football League, playing in their 1964 premiership team. He later worked in the media with the ABC and Channel Ten in Western Australia, as well as authoring sporting books. He was the expert commentator on ABC Radio when Trevor Chappell bowled the infamous underarm ball during a one day match between Australia and New Zealand.
Former world top 10 women's player Alicia Molik, who won a bronze medal for Australia at the 2004 Athens Olympics, and has won two Grand Slam doubles titles. On her appointment, ACF Chairman Tae Wood announced Alicia is passionate about giving back to community and feels it will be an honour and privilege to be involved with the ACF. Her involvement will raise our profile not only on a local level, but also on State and national levels through her networks. Ms Molik has ties to Albany through her partner Tim Sullivan, who is a financial advisor and said on her regular trips to Albany she had been made feel welcome and at home and this opportunity was a chance to be part of the community. Support from ACF directly filters back to the community making positive impact and real change. Improving lives of children, families, facilities and industry can only add to sustaining, growing, and ensuring Albany remains a great place to live.
On joining the Albany Community Foundation as Ambassadors, the Waif's said "In every community there are needs to meet and causes to support. The Albany Community Foundation has been doing wonderful work in this respect for several years now, and it is an honour and a privilege to be ambassadors for such a worthy organization. Albany has given so much to the Waifs over the years and we are humbled and excited to be able to give back through our support of the ACF and its endeavours."
The Waifs are an Australian folk rock band formed in 1992 by Josh Cunningham and sisters Vikki Thorn and Donna Simpson. The band's 2003 album Up All Night reached the top five of the Australian Albums Chart, achieving double platinum status and winning four ARIA Awards in October of that year. Two further top five albums were issued, Sun Dirt Water in 2007 and Temptation in 2011. The Waifs have three top fifty singles, "London Still" (2002), "Bridal Train" (2004) and "Sun Dirt Water". The band supported Bob Dylan on his 2003 Australian tour and then his 2003 North American tour, including a gig at the Newport Folk Festival. More recently the Waifs had a career highlight when playing in their home town, on stage with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra to mark the centenary of Anzac.