The Alannah and Madeline Foundation | Cricket Australia

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation

Since 2014, Cricket Australia has been working in partnership with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation to ensure every child will live in a safe and supportive environment.

On 28 April 1996 at the historic Port Arthur site in Tasmania, 35 people were tragically killed. Alannah and Madeline Mikac, aged six and three, along with their mother, lost their lives that day. Because of this terrible act of violence, Alannah and Madeline’s father, Walter Mikac AM, together with 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.

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation was launched on 30 April 1997 by the then Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon John Howard OM, AC.

As a leading national not-for-profit organisation working to protect children from the effects of violence and bullying, they care for children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence, work to reduce the incidence of bullying, cyber bullying and other cyber risks and advocate for the safety and well-being of children.

The organisation’s eSmart programs have been implemented in close to one third of Australian schools and more than 80% of Australian public libraries. The Foundation also supports 10,000 children in emergency accommodation or foster homes across the country every year through their Buddy Bags program and have reached more than 2.5 million children and their families since the Foundation started.

The Foundation raises funds to help safeguard children’s future with programs that are designed to prevent harm, and where harm can’t be prevented, to heal. With support from partners like Cricket Australia and the community, they are able to care, prevent, educate and advocate for Australia’s most vulnerable citizens – children – as they see, plan and act to guide them through the challenges they face today and in the future.

Cricket Australia is proud to continue playing its part in helping to safeguard our children’s future.

To support the Foundation’s work and to find out more about their life-changing programs, please visit