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NRL Footballer Brett Kearney Appointed as Ambassador for the Brain Foundation

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The Brain Foundation announces the appointment of former NRL player Brett Kearney as its official ambassador.  

Recognised for his outstanding sporting career and commitment to raising awareness about brain health, Kearney brings a wealth of experience and passion to his role. 

Brett Kearney has been passionate about rugby since he was young and quickly established himself as a talented and versatile player, playing both in Australia and overseas until retiring in 2014. 

However, it is Kearney’s personal connection to the cause that makes him an ideal ambassador for the Brain Foundation.  

Concussions and head injuries are commonplace in contact sports. Kearney experienced the physical and mental challenges associated with brain injury and saw many of his teammates go through the same thing. From concussion management to the importance of mental well-being, he understands the critical need for research, education, and support in this domain. 

“At the start of my career, no one ever talked about the impact of a head knock,” said Kearney. 

“People would generally dismiss their symptoms or try to hide them because they wanted to get back on the field.”  

As an ambassador for the Brain Foundation, Kearney aims to raise awareness about brain-related conditions, such as traumatic brain injury, dementia, stroke, and other neurological disorders. By leveraging his influential voice and extensive network, Kearney hopes to educate the public, break down stigmas, and promote the importance of brain health and research. 

“I feel the important thing is to talk openly about the risk and make sure that people are educated about the impact of head injuries and concussion.” 

Kearney highlighted that he was excited to be an ambassador for the Brain Foundation for various reasons, especially in promoting awareness and the importance of research.  

“The Brain Foundation is excited to have Brett Kearney join our team and we look forward to collaborating on initiatives that will positively impact the lives of individuals and families affected by brain-related conditions. Kearney’s dedication, empathy, and strong community values make him an exceptional advocate for our cause,” said Angela Smith, Brain Foundation Australia COO. 

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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.

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