We are thrilled to see our Founding Patron, Walter Mikac, awarded an AM, Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, for his many years of service to the nation.
Walter is a true Australian hero. He has endured more pain than most people can possibly imagine, yet continues to work to assist and protect the lives of Australians.
The Founding Patron of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, Walter became known to Australians in the aftermath of the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, which claimed the lives of 35 people, including his wife and children Alannah and Madeline, aged six and three.
The event shocked the nation to its core and Walter unwittingly became the public face of mass shock, grief and outrage. Yet, determined to save others from experiencing devastating grief, he turned personal tragedy into a national quest to protect the rights of all Australians, and especially children, to live free from violence.
Walter is determined that no family should experience again the devastation of a mass shooting.
He has worked tirelessly to protect the gun laws that were introduced after the Port Arthur tragedy, to reduce firearm deaths in Australia because he – and we – believes that every child should feel safe in their community.
This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Foundation. To date, our work has assisted more than two million children and their families across the country and overseas from violence and bullying.
Walter’s legacy continues to help support children affected by domestic violence and to protect the rights and well-being of children in the digital age.
Congratulations Walter, your AM is so well deserved.
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