Twenty-four years on, we remember

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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.

  • Our Buddy Bags program sees backpacks filled with essential items distributed to babies, children and young people in emergency accommodation. More than 100,000 Buddy Bags have been distributed to date.
  • Our Care programs involve specialist work in the early childhood, primary and lower secondary spaces to assist educators and to counsel young people who are recovering from the trauma of witnessing serious violence, including the murder of a parent.
  • We also work to keep children safe from bullying. Our eSmart suite of online safety programs are used by children, parents, teachers, principals and school communities in every state and territory.

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:

  • We will never stop shining a light of hope in the dark.
  • We will always work to prevent harm, and where we can’t prevent, to heal.
  • We exist to keep children safe today, and into the future.

You can read more about the Foundation and our work here

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