Amanda Blair is a Board member of The Independent Gambling Authority, The South Australian Housing Trust, Nature Play SA and is Co-Chair of the Premier’s Council For Women. She previously sat on the Social Inclusion Board and the Adelaide Festival Board, the Suicide Prevention Strategy group and was a founding member of the Contemporary Collectors at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
She won a MO Award for Best Live Show in Australia in 2003 and in 2011 she won the St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Award for outstanding contribution to the Media from Archbishop Philip Wilson. Her individual fundraising efforts have raised over 1 million dollars. She writes for a column for the iconic Australian Women’s Weekly and a column for the not so iconic News Limited publication, The Advertiser. She also appears regularly on the Today Show on Channel 9 and Adelaide’s Today Tonight on Channel 7 (as a reporter, not a subject in a dodgy tradesman story).
She’s the Ambassador for the Hutt Street Centre, Time For Kids, The Bedford Group and Foundation Shine. She also is the proud creator of Dulcie’s Shop of Real Opportunity, what is believed to be Australia’s first travelling op-shop on wheels raising money for homeless services.
She’s also a competitive baker. In 2012 she received a Blue Ribbon at the Royal Adelaide Show for her Marble cake and for Slices – three varieties – 2 of each unbaked or baked. The judges said they had never seen such precision in slice cutting.
She has 4 children, a Guinea pig called Jack Riewoldt and a husband she likes when she sees him.