20th Anniversary Events in Tasmania

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We recently returned to Tasmania with Foundation Patron, Walter Mikac for two very special 20th anniversary events:  a cocktail party at the Henry Jones Art Hotel and Letters of Love book launch and reading at Fullers Bookshop.

Both events enabled us to reconnect with many of our local supporters, including survivors of the Port Arthur tragedy and their families; emergency service men and women, businesses and community leaders, carers and educators and to raise funds to support the children affected by violence.

Photo: Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta and Chair Greg Sutherland

We’d like to thank Foundation Ambassador Melissa Doyle for hosting our Hobart cocktail event and the Hon. Will Hodgman MP, Premier of Tasmania and Senator the Hon. Stephen Parry MP for attending and speaking on the night.

We’d also like to thank St Michael’s Collegiate School Choir, along with our generous sponsors the Henry Jones Art Hotel, Mercury Newspaper and RACT Hotel, whose support made the event possible. It was a very special evening and we felt very welcomed by the community.

The following day close to 100 people attended our book launch at Fullers Bookshop to hear more about our work and listen to readings from our Ambassadors Melissa Doyle, Dan Jackson and from Walter Mikac.

Created to mark our 20th anniversary, Letters of Love is a collection of letters written by prominent Australians, from all walks of life.

From sports stars to TV personalities to High Court judges, the book is full of words of hope from remarkable Australians – all with a unique perspective.

Photo: Founding Patron Walter Mikac with Ambassadors Melissa Doyle and Dan Jackson. 

Melissa read her letter, a dedication to her children, Dan read his letter which was advice to his younger self and Walter shared a humorous tale about teenage life and spoke about his admiration of his parents – for their resilience and continual loving support.

After the heartfelt readings guests had their books signed, with some also sharing their own stories of love and courage, inspired by what they had heard.

We look forward to returning to Tasmania again soon, and to build our programs throughout the state to support children and families in need.

Letters of Love is now available from Target and good book stores across the country.

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