The Foundation was set up in memory of Alannah and Madeline Mikac, aged six and three, who were tragically killed with their mother and 32 others at Port Arthur, Tasmania, on 28 April 1996. The Foundation was launched in 1997 and has been operating for almost 20 years.
Our key objectives are to care for children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence; reduce the incidence of bullying, cyber bullying and other cyber risks; and, advocate for the safety and wellbeing of children.
Our programs are in one third of all Australian schools, and more than two thirds of all Australian public libraries (reaching all 1,500 within the next three years) and we support 10,000 children in refuges or foster homes across Australia every year.
We have reached more than 2 million children and their families nationwide since the organisation was established in 1997.
To keep children safe from violence.
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation's vision is that every child will live in a safe and supportive environment.
Our logo is Alannah and her little sister Madeline, holding hands. The image has a very special meaning as it was created using a family portrait drawn by Alannah Mikac, just months before she was tragically killed at Port Arthur. It is an honour to use her drawing to represent our Foundation.
"In the early days, the Foundation was driven by the emotion and disbelief created by the tragic events at Port Arthur. The reason people are still so incredibly passionate about our Foundation lies in its ethos. This ethos is embodied in the logo which was drawn by my lovely daughter, Alannah.
Alannah's drawing was originally a family portrait, but when I looked at her diary and drawings after she died, I found the same drawing a number of times with the prophetic words written on top of one page.
I am special because I care for others.
The simplicity of a six-year-old girl caring for her younger sister is what the Foundation is dedicated to - helping children live without fear, bullying or violence. This strikes a chord with the entire population, making our message and aim so powerful.
It would make my daughters smile to know that they are being remembered in such a helpful and beautiful way."
Walter Mikac, Founding Patron and father of Alannah and Madeline
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission's (ACNC) 2015 Public Trust and Confidence research showed that support of charities is closely entwined with trust, and that charities are the third most trusted group on Australia (behind doctors and the police). When the ACNC's role as the charity regulator was explained to research survey respondents, their trust in Australia's charities grew significantly.
As a result, the ACNC has introduced a charity verification ‘tick’ which shows that an organisation is “transparent and accountable by highlighting their presence on the ACNC Charity Register”.
It is hoped the charity tick will have a positive effect on public trust and confidence in the charity sector, with donors being able to instantly recognise a charity that is well governed, reputable and worthy of public donations registered. The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is proud to warrant and display the ‘tick’!
Read more about the ACNC charity tick here.
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