Our Board is made up of fourteen passionate people from a diverse range of sectors. Eight members are located in Broome to support the coordination, planning and execution of our Broome activities. Six members reside in Perth to support our Perth activities and liaise with the Perth Children’s Hospital to support the annual Kyle’s Camp.
Let us introduce them all individually and hear why they support the Foundation.
I am better known as Kyle’s Mum. I have lived in Broome for over 35 years. I have been with the Foundation from its inception and liaised with Princess Margaret Hospital and Broome friends in ensuring the first Kyle’s Camp was such an amazing experience that we have now been able to provide 23 Camps to kids in need of some sunshine and to feel normal again – Kyle’s wish.
I have held numerous positions on the Committee including Treasurer and was instrumental in the design and building of Kyle’s Cottage and locating our Perth Property ‘Gibb Retreat’ which I have also managed. I live and work in Broome and currently I am the Caretaker at Kyle’s Cottage which I love.
Kyle’s 2 older brothers and their families are still living and working in Broome. His 2 younger sisters and nephew now live in Perth. All are active in supporting the Foundation, the Camp and fundraising events.
I am involved with the Kyle Andrews foundation because of the life changing impact it has on the children and their families that we support. The journey that kids go through once they attend a camp with us allows them not only enjoy Broome and what the camp has to offer but also to connect with others who have been through similar issues in life.
I initially became involved with the foundation as a way of giving back to my local community. After being involved for many years, I now realize that we do so much more. We change the lives of families for better, we help those that aren’t going so well and we genuinely spread love and care to those with serious life threatening illness.
I joined the committee in 2007 and have assisted as the PMH liaison and camp coordinator since that time. After sponsoring the foundation for many years, it was an easy decision to become part of the committee, having had my own journey at Princess Margaret Hospital’s oncology ward.
I love the work that we do; showing kids the beauty of Broome on Kyle’s Camp and giving families a break at one of our retreats, when they are going through the toughest times of their lives.
“Seeing kids happy and enjoying themselves in a beautiful environment that is not their norm. “
“If we can help kids feel better, we have succeeded. “
Camp Coordinator & Committee Member
I am one of original members of the foundation and I love helping the kids come to terms with their situation. I also love showing them with the help of the foundation that they are not alone and there are lots of people and kids out there who want to help and who understand.
KAF is my family, I am honoured to have been involved since I was 10 years old, after growing up and being family friends with Kyle. I love seeing the affect the foundation has on families, children and the wider community. KAF is special it helps to make people to feel better, either through providing support, respite and providing people the opportunity to contribute to a good cause.
We moved to Broome in 2018 and I was lucky to participate in the Kyle Andrews’ walk and Pentathlon in 2020. After learning the Kyle Andrews story and seeing the passion of the committee I was determined to become part of the Foundation, and was honoured to become a committee member the next year.
I met Jero when Kyle was early diagnosed and offered support. My family had lost our youngest child Robert to leukaemia a couple of years prior. The Foundation makes incredible differences in people’s lives who are going through extremely challenging times. To see kids come on camp and have a fantastic time and be kids. The offer of a holiday at minimal cost at one of the world’s best beaches. Family accommodation in Perth for medical follow up and soon family holiday accommodation at Busselton. The Foundation has achieved, given and received so much over the years. I guess I stay involved because I care and we make a positive difference.
In February 2004 I was asked by Kyles father Jero Andrews to attend a KAF monthly meeting.
The rest is history .. I was nominated to be a committee member and have been involved as a committee member ever since. I have had some of the most enjoyable times in my life being part of this community of like-minded people who just want to give what they can and create opportunities for those children and families who have been through aspects of difficulty of life threatening illnesses.
It is a blessing to be a part of the Kyle Andrews Foundation. It allows me to try and put smiles on faces of those going through tough aspects of life that we would never wish upon anyone.
Thank you KAF for accepting me, and giving me this opportunity.
My dad lost his battle to cancer when I was 21 and although it was a tragic time it also made me aware of how grateful we should be of health and live our days to their fullest. The opportunity to be part of The Kyle Andrews Foundation where volunteering time can provide hope, increase in quality of life, fun, love and give kids a chance to feel better is a gift not to just them but to us as well for the amazing kids and experiences we all are so lucky to be part of each year.
The Kyle Andrews Foundation will always be special to me having known Kyle and growing up with his family in Broome. It’s a foundation with a heart of gold just like Kyle had and it’s an absolute privilege for my family to be involved with the committee.