Ambassadors

Our Wear it Purple Ambassadors are a engage group of rainbow community members and allies.

Being an Ambassador is a great way to support Wear it Purple and offers you the chance to be more involved in our mission.

Meet our Ambassadors

Jason Ball is the 2017 Young Australian of the Year for Victoria, honouring his work as a passionate community advocate for LGBTI equality and mental health.

Since publicly coming out in 2012, Jason has become a national figurehead on combatting homophobia in sport and highlighting the damaging impact of homophobia on the mental health and wellbeing of the LGBTI community.

Jason has also been a champion of mental health reform in his role as government relations officer for the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre where he has been at the coalface of change, harnessing new technologies to support children, teens and young adults struggling with mental ill health. He regularly visited Canberra in this role, working with politicians from all sides of politics to invest more in this chronically under-funded sector.

Reason for supporting Wear it Purple:

Every young person deserves to feel safe, respected and affirmed in all areas of their life, especially at school. Wear It Purple gives schools the opportunity to celebrate diversity, challenge homophobia and let same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people know that they should feel proud of who they are.

Dara Kristen Hayes, more commonly known as Tigerlily, took the centre stage and made her way into the DJ-ing industry in 2011 at the young age of 19 years old.

Since then, Tigerlily has performed all over the globe including stages and festivals in Canada, USA, Asia, Australia and Europe to crowds of over tens of thousands.

An inspiring approach to life also comes with this Australian performer, having been voted Australia’s favourite female DJ for the third time in a row.

Tigerlily makes it a priority to not only appreciate her fans but to also appreciate Mother Nature.

Being a proud vegan and advocate for mental health, she embraces all the beauty that earth has to offer and how grateful we all should be to walk amongst each other.

The now 25-year-old musician/artist/ambassador/adventurer/vegan and “good vibes machine” enjoys fundraisers and is proud to invite her fans to also impact change.

Tigerlily successfully completed a 42 Kilometer marathon in New York in 2016 for the Australian suicide prevention charity Lifeline. “It’s a funny feeling when your body is just telling you to stop, that it isn’t fun anymore,” she says. “I was really hurting but I got through it.”

Though Tigerlily has made her groundbreaking stardom on the stage, her message is a lot more powerful than that and she hopes to encourage love and light to all her “Team Tigers” through daily social media messages.

That is part of the reason why I am so passionate about mental health, especially for young people. Because there is light at the end of the tunnel and there is hope.”