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Welcome to the Development team

There are many aspects to giving at Telethon Kids. From single donations to ongoing corporate and philanthropic partnerships, we value each and every person and organisation that chooses to support childhood medical research. We are so passionate about what we do, many of our employees choose to give back through workplace giving or volunteering through outreach programs and giving back.

Over the past five years, staff involved in our workplace giving program - Peers & Partners, have collectively raised nearly $130,000 to support many worthy projects, including research project seed grants, student scholarships, capacity building for Aboriginal staff and students, collaboration grants, and employee wellbeing. It creates a sense of community to support one another through giving which is driven by a shared purpose.

The Development team is here to help! We love getting to know our supporters and donors so please reach out and say hello so we can welcome you to our community. To put a face to the names and know who to talk to regarding your gift, please find our team members below.


Alecia Benzie
Head of Development

+61 8 6319 1109


Ben Wood
Corporate Partnerships

+61 8 6319 1265


Simmone Sharp
Philanthropy Manager, Major Gifts

+61 8 6319 1822


Katrina Allen
Strategic Partnerships Manager

+61 8 6319 1795


Astral Mansfield
Development Services Manager

+61 8 6319 1222


Kirren Fullagar
Gifts in Wills Officer

+61 8 6319 1444

April Welsh

April Welsh
Development Communications Officer

+61 8 6319 1114

Kari Harrison

Kari Harrison
Development Services Officer

+61 8 6319 1333

Danka Hundzova

Danka Hundzova
Corporate Partnerships Officer

Our site has information on all aspects of giving.

If you would like further information or would like to chat through something in particular, please reach out.


Astral Mansfield
Development Services Manager
Phone: +61 8 6319 1222