The Port Arthur tragedy saw 35 innocent lives taken – including six-year-old Alannah Mikac and her sister, three-year-old Madeline, together with their mother, Nanette.
A year later, on 30 April 1997, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation was established by the girls’ father Walter Mikac and a small group of volunteers.
Named for his two daughters, the Foundation’s initial aims to protect children from violence still guide our work.
During the coronavirus pandemic we have ensured that the children we support are contacted two to three times a week via phone and video link and we have continued to provide important information to families and schools to ensure children stay safe online. This public health crisis reminds us even more of the importance of kindness, inclusion, family, community and safety.
Over the last 24 years, we have worked to help keep more than 2.5 million Australian children safe. And as our work continues to expand into new areas, we promise that:
You can read more about the Foundation and our work here.
Marking a bittersweet milestone, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation has packed its 100,000th Buddy Bag.Read More >
Dolly’s Dream has decided to partner with the Foundation as one of Australia’s best known and trusted children’s charities, to ensure that Dolly's Dream will help prevent other children being affected by bullying.Read More >
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation continues to advocate for firearm safety in Australia.Read More >
Your donation can help keep a child safe from violence...Read More >
A Buddy Bag offers more than just material aid, it is one of the vital first steps to recovery. These everyday items help restore a sense of safety and security to children when they need it most.Read More >
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