Our Founders

Steve and Lynette Waugh

On his retirement from international cricket in 2004, Steve knew that he wanted to establish a charity that would support children in need, the ones who had battled against the odds and had shown courage and character in the face of adversity. Already committed and connected with philanthropic endeavours in India through his work and patronage of the Udayan children’s home in Kolkata, Steve and his wife Lynette set about establishing a charity that would support seriously ill kids in Australia, the ones that "fall between the cracks' of the Australian Health System. In 2005, the Steve Waugh Foundation was born.

In 2009, Steve & Lynette refined and narrowed their vision to support the children suffering from rare diseases, a group often referred to as the ‘orphans of the health system.’

Today, both Steve & Lynette remain intimately involved in the Foundation's overall operations, including the approval of Grant Applications, fundraising activities and events.