Growing up John’s childhood was a cycle of violence and bullying. Passionate about making a change for future generation, John is heavily involved in initiatives that keep kids safe. John can be seen across the country sharing his personal story along with tools and resources that aim to show people ways to seek help and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. As a global advocate, John looks to take the message internationally through his efforts.
Alannah & Madeline
John 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
The story of Alannah and Madeline
On 28 April 1996 at the historical Port Arthur site in Tasmania, 35 people were tragically killed.
Two small children, 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
, Phil West and a small group of volunteers, including Gaye and John Fidler who survived Port Arthur, worked hard to set up the Foundation, a national charity 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.
Are you being bullied?
Kids Help Line:
1800 55 1800
13 11 14
Alannah and Madeline Foundation: www.amf.org.au
Bullying No Way: www.bullyingnoway.gov.au
Beyond Blue: www.beyondblue.org.au
Cyber Smart: www.cybersmart.gov.au