The Port Arthur massacre was one of Australia’s darkest days. But it also brought out the best in Australian who united in support of gun control reforms and sent messages of love and compassion to strangers affected by the tragedy. One year later Walter Mikac launched the Alannah & Madeline Foundation in memory of his daughters Alannah and Madeline, aged 6 and 3, who were tragically killed with their mother and 32 others that day.
Letters of Love was created by the Foundation with the aim of sending messages of love and support back into the community. Featuring more than 50 celebrities and public figures writing about love in all its shapes and sizes – from romance to platonic love, familial love to a love of music, nature or social media – Letters of Love is a delightful and life-affirming testament to the power of the human spirit.
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The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is a leading national not-for-profit organisation protecting children from violence and bullying.
Established in 1997, the Foundation was set up in memory of Allanah and Madeline Mikac, aged 6 and 3, who were tragically killed with their mother and 32 others at Port Arthur, Tasmania, on 28 April 1996.
The Foundation understands the issues that adversely affect the wellbeing of children and works to keep them safe from bullying and violence. Working across the spectrum of prevention and care, the Foundation delivers state of the art programs, support services, and products.
Today, the Foundation’s programs are in one third of all Australian schools, and more than 60 per cent of Australian public libraries. Through their care programs they support 10,000 children in refuges or foster homes across Australia every year.
Since 1997, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation has assisted two million children and their families. The Foundation’s purpose and promise is to build a world which is safe for children.