Former Liberal MP Donna Bauer thrived in the cut and thrust of local and then state politics, however a personal health challenge has provided new direction for her campaigning skills.
She has taken up the role of a Bowel Cancer Australia Ambassador after her own experience of bowel cancer last year highlighted the important ongoing work required to raise community awareness about this largely preventable and treatable disease.
One of Australia's most successful models, Lara Bingle, is setting her sights on tackling Australia's second biggest cancer killer, working closely with Bowel Cancer Australia, as an Ambassador.
Losing her father, Graham, at a relatively young age to bowel cancer, Lara has chosen to do what she can to raise awareness about early detection of what is a preventable and curable disease.
Sharon Bingle knows loss. She lost her father and husband to bowel cancer; her mother to breast cancer – all in the space of six years.
She also knows that improved community awareness of bowel cancer can make a huge difference in terms of prevention, earlier detection and better survival rates.
Celebrity chef George Calombaris is getting out of the kitchen to take on Australia's second biggest cancer killer, working together with Bowel Cancer Australia as an Ambassador.
George will combine his culinary expertise and personal experience to highlight how healthy eating, lifestyle and awareness of family history can greatly reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer.
He's best known for helping people improve their homes and now John Eussen has decided it's time to help people improve their health by becoming a Bowel Cancer Australia Ambassador.
The long-standing and highly respected figure in the design and interiors industry will be known to many as presenter of Grand Designs Live Australia as well as his various media roles.
Alan Fletcher is best known to TV audiences around the world as Doctor Karl Kennedy from Australia's longest running drama 'Neighbours'.
Alan has played the role of Dr Karl for more than 20 years and is now using his profile and experience to help raise awareness for bowel cancer as Ambassador for Bowel Cancer Australia.
"Playing an onscreen doctor has helped me associate with many causes that focus on health issues."
"Bowel cancer is a good news story, with regular testing and GP check-ups combined with basic diet and lifestyle awareness, most bowel cancers can be prevented or successfully treated."
Having worked in the medical devices sector for almost three decades, Gavin Fox-Smith is no stranger to the health and wellbeing industry.
Considered one of Asia Pacific's most experienced health sector leaders, Gavin is the Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson Medical Australia and New Zealand and Chair of The Medical Technology Association of Australia.
Like most NRL players, Cronulla Sharks second rower, Chris Heighington, has tackled many tough opponents during his career.
Playing over 200 games for his former club, Wests Tigers, Chris was described as the 'heart and soul of the Club' both on and off the field.
However it's the off-field personal and family challenges - like having your father diagnosed with bowel cancer - that can be the true test of a person's strength, character and resilience.
Well experienced at encouraging people to focus on improving their health and wellbeing, we very much appreciate Geoff Jowett coming on board as a Bowel Cancer Australia Ambassador to help motivate Australians to become more aware of bowel cancer and to screen for the disease.
George was fit, feisty and forty when this Managing Director of Investment Bank UBS received a bowel cancer diagnosis. He's used that feistiness in his bowel cancer battle and has some in reserve for his ongoing challenge - encouraging men and women to do something about their bowel health.
Like many younger people who receive a bowel cancer diagnosis, George was shocked to discover that he had advanced (stage 3) bowel cancer. There were symptoms, but George had wrongly assumed his bleeding was haemorrhoids, something he had experienced before
Bowel cancer was the last thing I had expected to happen to me in my early twenties.
I had just celebrated my 21st birthday, was in my last semester of university and recently home from a European adventure.
I experienced years of painful bloating, stomach cramps and changed bowel habits.
The colonoscopy saved my life, revealing dozens of polyps and early stage cancer.
One of the grande dames of theatre, film and television Miriam Margolyes has taken on yet another challenging role as an Ambassador for Bowel Cancer Australia.
The British-born actress, who became an Australian citizen last year, continues to enjoy a varied and celebrated career since her first adventures in repertory theatre some 50 years ago.
Peter Mason AM
After 40 years in the business of investment banking, Peter Mason AM has a keen eye for value and a good deal.
So when he chose to support Bowel Cancer Australia - initially by sponsoring production of our first apple pins back in 2006 - it was a good indication that he could see and appreciate the potential return on bowel cancer awareness.
David runs a family business Multi Direct which raises funds through telemarketing for Bowel Cancer Australia; in 2008 he raised over 250,000 dollars which went directly to the charity.
As part of that business he has a website biggift.com.au which is an online shopping site where part proceeds go toward Bowel Cancer Australia.
Clearly, Erin Molan loves a challenge. She's one of a relatively niche group of female sports reporters and holds her own on Nine News, The NRL Footy Show and The Sunday Footy Show, but now Erin has arguably stepped up for an even bigger challenge – raising awareness of bowel cancer.
The Channel 9 sports reporter has joined the Bowel Cancer Australia team as one of their Ambassadors after a family member was diagnosed with disease.
While a cancer diagnosis sends most people reeling, for Erin, the news that her sister was battling a disease more common in older people made it even more of a shock.
A familiar face to many as the long-standing national medical reporter for ABC, Sophie Scott understands a lot about staying healthy.
Her health and medical reporting is broadcast regularly on ABC TV news and current affairs programs, on radio and online. She has won numerous awards for excellence in health reporting and is also the author of Live a Longer Life and Roadtesting Happiness.
Bowel Cancer Australia is very pleased to have Sophie's support for a number of their awareness campaigns in particular, those promoting bowel cancer screening.
At just 29 Sarah was enjoying life with her young family when she received the unexpected news – you have bowel cancer.
Four words you don't expect to hear when you're young. Yet the reality is each year over 1,000 young Australians do.
A successful entrepreneur and businessman, Alan and his daughter Kristie‐Lee have been champions for bowel cancer both personally and through the professional body to which he belongs through his accountancy business.
Alan lost his wife, Julie, to bowel cancer in 2007.