20 stories of resilience and hope

20 Stories for 20 years

20 Stories for 20 years

20 stories of resilience and hope from those who have benefited from and supported our programs over the past 20 years.

These stories mark the Foundation's 20th Anniversary and celebrate our work and the impact we have on young Australians.

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Walter's Story

Early on when my grief was still strong and I couldn’t find sleep, I made a decision that my anger would not turn to hate...

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Jasmine's Story

I see horrific effects of violence, abuse and neglect on children. Many of them have witnessed the darkest side of human behavior and had their sense of safety, happiness and innocence compromised...

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Rebecca's Story

When kids arrive at the refuge, they’re generally in the corner or hiding behind mum. They’ve often been through a horrific experience, and seen things no child – or even adult – should see...

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Caitlin's Story

I was eleven years old when I started a new school. I was the only new kid in a year group of 65 kids and they did not take to me...

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Bruce's Story

I was a victim of gun violence. After experiencing incredible trauma, I was fortunate to get support, help and understanding from my siblings and close friends...

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Ashlee's Story

I spent so long feeling conflicted because I felt worthless. I was invisible, yet I held on to feeling invisible because remaining unseen worked like a shield...

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Marnie's Story

I was the new girl at school. I was having a hard time making friends with the girls, but the boys were nice - they seemed to like me...

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Ben's Story

I remember primary school very clearly. I was a really shy kid, particularly in the first few years, and often kept to myself as I was pretty scared of the other kids...

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Susan's Story

My husband was so controlling, he wouldn’t let me and the kids leave. And that’s when he tried to kill me...

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Michael's Story

Hannah was bullied every day of her school life. She was called ‘fat’, ‘ugly’, ‘stupid’ and ‘retard’...

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Eli's Mum's Story

My son Eli has been through more than any child should. More than most adults would know how to handle…

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Lilly's Story

When I was eight my family moved from the country to the city, meaning I had to change schools and start at the new one in term three...

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Rachel's Story

As a mother it’s just excruciatingly painful to watch your child being beaten and to hear them scream...

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Dimitri's Story

The internet has changed our lives forever. It has revolutionized communications to the extent that it is now our preferred means of communication.

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Dorothy's Story

A couple of months ago, in the middle of the night, a little traumatised boy arrived on my doorstep for foster care. It was clear that he had been through one of the worst days of his life...

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Hayley's Story

I knew how she made those other kids feel. I knew that they were torn apart by her teasing and her ridicule...

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Mel's Story

It sent the newsroom into chaos. Reports of an attack at the beautiful historic site of Port Arthur in Tasmania … a quiet Sunday afternoon, tourists milling about gently...

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Joan's Story

Our son has battled drug-related issues for well over a decade. His kids have come to live with us after being exposed to some frightening situations...

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Jade's Story

I became a nurse because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of young people. I meet kids that have been exposed to trauma and it breaks my heart...

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Ashton's Story

I’d like to think that in the beginning of their relationship, there was some love. But unfortunately over the course of their marriage it became a terribly abusive relationship...

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