Foundation welcomes domestic abuse survivor as new Ambassador

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Media Release - 20 November 2017

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is proud to welcome Ashton Kline as its newest Ambassador.  He is the first Ambassador who has first-hand experience of the Foundation’s programs.

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 immediately placed in foster care, at which point they first came into contact with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.

The brothers received vital practical and financial assistance through the Foundation’s 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.

Our Children Ahead program provides intensive, therapeutic support for children and young people and is proven to help them recover from the horrific effects of violence.

Today, Ashton, 32, is a highly regarded university lecturer and an inspirational role model for so many.

The Foundation’s CEO Lesley Podesta said it was an honour to have Ashton supporting the Foundation and protecting children from violence and bullying.

Ms Podesta said Ashton’s journey was inspirational. “He shows that you can turn a soul-destroying journey into something truly positive. You can come out the other side and you can provide a beacon of hope to others. Ashton exemplifies what this Foundation stands for.”

The Foundation’s other Ambassadors include television personality and journalist Melissa Doyle AM, anti-bullying advocate John Caldwell, former AFL footballer Daniel Jackson and youth and gender-equality advocate Caitlin Figueiredo.

During the past 20 years, the Foundation has helped more than two million children through its care, prevention and advocacy programs.

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For more information, call Deb Morris, PR & Media Advisor, on 0450 784 847.


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