John is an independent youth advocate and an Ambassador for Alannah and Madeline Foundation. He campaigns to spread the anti-bullying, health and well-being message on a global scale. He is actively involved with communities on all levels, from schools to universities doing research into the epidemic as well as groups lobbying to government. Making impact internationally, John is taking the message to all corners of the globe, being relied on as the link with overseas charities such as The Trevor Project in the USA and the Anti-Bullying Alliance in the UK.
John's passion and commitment to the cause has created a large network of people working together to stop bullying and promote health and well being.
John's Experience with BullyingAs a victim of bullying throughout his childhood, John is passionate about educating youth on the affect a bully can have on a person. Speaking through his own journey, he presents to large groups with an anti-suicide message – proving that you can come out the other side stronger than ever. John released a book, Full Throttle (www.fullthrottlebook.com), in early 2013 revealing his upbringing and the emotions he experienced in order to spread the anti-bullying message.
Australian of the Year Victoria 2014John has been recognised for his work as an anti-bullying campaigner. The Australian of the Year Award celebrates the achievement and contribution of eminent Australians by profiling leading citizens who are roles models. They select people who inspire through their achievements and challenge people to make their own contribution to creating a better Australia. Read more
Anti-Bullying AdvocateJohn is an independent anti-bullying advocate that campaigns to spread the anti-bullying message on a global scale. He is actively involved with communities on all levels, from schools to universities doing research into the epidemic as well as groups lobbying to government.
Alannah and Madeline FoundationJohn says “I feel truly humbled to be a voice for The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, advocating for everyone in the community to take a stand against bullying. A life free from violence is every child's right and I am so proud to support such a worthy cause." The Alannah and Madeline Foundation is delivering best-practice prevention programs in one in four schools across Australia that are helping to reduce the incidence of bullying and cyberbullying, including:
- Better Buddies - reducing the incidence of bullying by creating friendly and caring primary school environments. The program will engage more than 135,000 primary school children this year.
- eSmart Schools - addressing online safety and cyberbullying by guiding schools to develop a culture where everyone uses technology in a smart, safe and responsible way.