Chris McDermott

Founder, Little Heroes Foundation

2024 SA Local Hero Nominee

As the inaugural captain of the Adelaide Crows, Chris McDermott is a household name in South Australia. He’s also the founder and board chair of Little Heroes Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation supporting the mental and physical wellbeing of South Australian children.  

Chris and footballer friend, Tony McGuinness, set up the organisation that became Little Heroes Foundation in memory of Nicholas Berry and Nathan McClean, two young boys who died of cancer.  

In the last 27 years, Chris has helped the foundation raise and contribute almost $40 million towards major pieces of equipment and facilities at Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital. 

Currently, the foundation is working closely with Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation to raise funds for child and adolescent mental health. It is also raising awareness of and funds for childhood dementia.  

As well as his commitment to Little Heroes Foundation, Chris is a radio presenter and sports commentator.