The first Ambassador who has first-hand experience of the Foundation’s programs, Ashton exemplifies what we stand for.
Ashton, together with his brother Grant, suffered a horrendous childhood at the hands of their violent and controlling father, which culminated in the death of their mother at his hands.
Then only 15, Ashton and six year old Grant were placed in foster care, at which point they first came into contact with the Foundation.
The brothers received vital practical and financial assistance through our Children Ahead program. Their dedicated case manager said that while she couldn’t replace their mother, she could show the boys she cared about them.
“She was our moral support and shoulder to lean on… she made a world of difference in our lives at the toughest of times.”
The guidance we received from the Alannah & Madeline Foundation at that time helped set us on the path to recovery and create something positive with our lives.”
Today, Ashton, 32, is a highly regarded university lecturer and an inspirational role model for so many.
He shows that you can turn a soul-destroying journey into something truly positive, that you can come out the other side and provide a beacon of hope to others.
“It’s because of the extraordinary work of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation that children – kids like Grant and me – get the help they need. Kids who’ve suffered the detrimental blows of a violent and aggressive upbringing are given renewed hope.”
Ashton became an Ambassador of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation in November 2017.
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