Alison Quigan will be known to many as Yvonne Jeffries from TV2’s Shortland Street – a role Alison played for six years. She is currently Performing Arts Manager at Mangere Arts Centre - Nga Tohu O Aotearoa.
Along with her television work, Alison has spent more than 30 years in New Zealand theatre as an actor and director in more than 130 plays from the works of Shakespeare to originals including her own. She was Artistic Director of Centrepoint Theatre in Palmerston North for 18 years. In 2001 Alison was awarded a Queen's Service Medal for her services to theatre.
Alison joined ChildFund as an Ambassador in 2010.
“When I first met the team in the Auckland office I was struck by their genuine desire to make a difference in people's lives. I am honoured to be part of the ChildFund New Zealand family.”
Alison sponsors a little girl in Sri Lanka. While visiting her in 2011, Alison saw firsthand the challenges facing children in poverty and ChildFund's work in action.
In 2012, Alison was instrumental in developing ChildFund’s Pens Against Poverty challenge, a script writing competition for New Zealand school children based on Mary's Christmas Yarn. Later that same year Alison pulled together a stellar Kiwi cast and crew all of whom donated their time and expertise. Alison and her team transformed the winning school's script into a play at a highly successful Christmas gala fundraising event benefiting children living in poverty.