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Wednesday 31 Aug 2016

The Alfred is delighted to welcome back Jason McCartney as an official Ambassador of the Alfred Father’s Day Appeal. A victim of the Bali bombings in 2002, his much-celebrated road to recovery is proof that a commitment to better health, while sometimes challenging, is well worth it.

Former Kangaroos player, Jason McCartney knows being fit was key to staying alive as he fought his way back from the horrific injuries he sustained Bali.

"As a father of two I work hard to keep to stay fit and healthy. My children inspire me every day and I do everything I can to maintain my health," Jason said.

"Join me in the steps to better health and, if you feel something isn’t quite right, act on the warning signs and see a doctor. Be a Healthy Hero."

This year, Jason is joined by three new ambassadors.

Victorian cricket champion Paul Sheahan played 31 Tests for Australia. Paul is also a member of the Alfred Foundation Board. Paul understands the important role the Alfred has in our community.

“I think everyone should have access to world class healthcare. I am extremely proud to be part of the Father’s Day Appeal and to champion their Healthy Heroes initiative.”

Former St Kilda and Collingwood champion, Luke Ball, also joins this year’s Healthy Heroes. Having recently taken up a head role within the AFL’s umpiring department, Luke currently juggles this senior position with his media duties – a regular for both Channel 9 and 3AW.

“As an someone who used to play sport for a living and now a father of two, it has been vital that I maintain a healthy lifestyle- eating well, exercising regularly and keeping up to date with health checks are a few of the ways I keep healthy. Dads across Australia can use this Father’s Day as a reminder to take an active approach to their health and ensure that they are maintaining their wellbeing for themselves and for their families.”

The trio of sporting champions are joined by former Alfred patient Andre Rencontre. In late 2015, the father of two was told after a routine heart check-up that he ran a very real risk of sudden cardiac death. Rushed to the Alfred, he was implanted with an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator).

“I had my ICD procedure last December and I feel great. I was amazed by the technology the Alfred used and I’m very grateful for the care I received. I feel lucky and I want to encourage other men to seek help so they can too say, I feel lucky.”

Join our Healthy Heroes in making a positive change and adopting a healthy lifestyle and help the Alfred to raise awareness of men's health this Father's Day.

Jason McCartney, Paul Sheahan, Luke Ball & Andre Rencontre