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About the Alannah & Madeline Foundation

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, recognising the dangers children face today are increasingly complex, we continue to adapt and evolve. We are building an alliance of like-minded individuals to identify, prevent and respond to the modern challenges children face.

We are transforming how society thinks about – and responds to – the barriers to every child’s basic right to live free from fear and violence.

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.

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation:  safeguarding our children’s future together.

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The drawing in our logo

The drawing in our logo is Alannah and her little sister Madeline. “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.” – Walter Mikac.