On 28 April 1996 at the historical Port Arthur site in Tasmania, 35 people were tragically killed.
Alannah and Madeline Mikac, aged six and three, along with their mother, died that day.
Because of this terrible act of violence, Alannah and Madeline's father, Walter Mikac AM, and a small group of volunteers, worked to set up the Foundation with the belief that all children should have a safe and happy childhood without being subjected to any form of violence.
It was launched on 30 April 1997 by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. John Howard OM AC.
More than 20 years ago, we first took a stand in the face of unspeakable tragedy and made a promise to do everything within our power to protect children from harm. To ensure children touched by violence can heal from it. To serve as a beacon of hope for a better, safer world.
Our purpose took hold, and our impact grew. Now, knowing the dangers children face today are increasingly complex, we continue to adapt and evolve. We are building a meaningful alliance around the country to identify, prevent and respond to the modern challenges children and young people face.
We are recognised for providing best practice prevention and care for children and young people.
We are transforming how society thinks about and responds to barriers to every child’s basic right to live free from fear.
We will never stop growing our vision.
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.
This is our promise.
Safeguarding our children’s future together.
Every child will live in a safe and supportive environment.
Our logo is Alannah and her little sister Madeline. 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 AM, 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. 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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