Remembering those lost at Port Arthur 20 years ago

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Hosted by media personality and Foundation Ambassador Melissa Doyle AM, the event included
moving speeches by Founding Patron Walter Mikac, Chairman John Bertrand AO, and CEO Lesley
Podesta, with performances by the Australian Youth Choir, media presenter and singer Gorgi
Coghlan, guitarist Jon Delany and the Foundation’s very own violinist, Jeremy Blackman.

Hundreds of guests paid tribute to those lost by laying flowers and candles on a heart-shaped
memorial. Walter said the event was a wonderful dedication to his family and those with a connection to the tragedy.

I always say that the only two positive things that came out of Port Arthur were the gun law reforms and the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.
-Walter Mikac

Melissa said she felt extremely honoured to be involved with the Foundation, particularly this event.
“As a mother of two, the safety of my children is my greatest priority,”Melissa said. “To know that the
Foundation is doing the amazing work it does every day makes me feel better about the country I live in.”

John paid to tribute to Walter and other survivors for their resilience in building positive
legacies since the tragedy. He said the event provided an important reminder to Australia’s
state and territory governments on the need to keep firearm laws strong.

“The Foundation has helped more than 1.6 million children over the past 19 years,” John said. “And it’s
only because of Walter’s strength that this amazing work has been done.”

Thank you to everyone who attended – you all helped make it a
very special and moving occasion.

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