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Documentary to be shown

Title: Documentary, One Punch Did Kill,  to be shown on TV
Location: Channel 9
Start Time: 3:30
Date: 03-04-2010

Re-enactment pushes anti-violence campaign


Bayside Bulletin
15 Feb, 2010 04:04 PM
THE tragic death of popular Thornlands teenager Matthew Stanley at a party in 2006 has been re-enacted in a film aimed at reinforcing the ”one punch can kill” anti-youth violence message.

Matthew died after being assaulted at a party in Alexandra Hills in September 2006.

This senseless act of violence robbed a family of a son and was the catalyst for the establishment of the Matthew Stanley Foundation, which aims to raise awareness of youth violence and prevent similar tragedies

Matthew’s father and anti-violence campaigner, Paul Stanley, said the film, One Punch Did Kill, would premiere later this month.

Produced by Ian MacAuslane, Neil Doorley and Kate Comino and made with the help of some of Matthew’s friends, it re-enacts the day he died.

Matthew’s friends Michael Fry, Kate Smithson, Joel Maher and Leigh Drennan said they found it “tough and emotionally charging”.

“I have known the Stanleys since I was very young and when Paul asked me to be in the film I wanted to support them,” Kate said.

“The day we were shooting was the anniversary of Matt’s death. We thought it would be hard as we are not actors, but we were re-enacting the same story that happened to us and it just felt very real.”

The film was funded by the East Leagues Club, as part of a $21,175 grant the Matthew Stanley Foundation received last year.

The story of how Matthew died is told by Paul regularly when he visits high schools across South East Queensland to raise awarenes of youth violence.

Paul said the re-enactment of the day Matthew died, was not the first idea for the film.

“The foundation discussed an educational DVD to show in schools to help tell the story.

“Originally the idea was to film one of the presentations and play that, but it wasn’t working ? you couldn’t really get the involvement of the younger people ? so we tried something else and got together with a couple of people and came up with a proposal,” Paul said.

“My wife’s brother, Ian MacAuslane, is a freelance cameraman based in Brisbane and I asked him if he would be interested in pointing the camera at us.

“The kids themselves did what they could possibly do, I wasn’t allowed in the ward when they were filming.

“I feel the film will be able to be used in schools and other places to promote the campaign. Emotionally, it’s hard getting up in front of a room full of young people and all at the age that Matty was, I feel that I am losing a bit of the emotion that needs to go into it,” Paul said.

The film is due to premiere for invited guests only at the East Leagues Club in Coorparoo on Tuesday, February 23.

“What we are trying to get across to people is it can and does happen to real people. Everybody can be affected by youth violence,” Paul said.

The film is expected to be available to schools later in the year.

Paul Stanley named Paul Harris Fellow

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President Denis Clark names Paul Stanley as a Paul Harris Fellow.

In recognition of his tireless work against youth violence since the tragic event which took his son Matthew, Paul Stanley, of the Matthew Stanley Foundation, has been named a Paul Harris Fellow. At a ceremony on October 14, the Rotary Club of REDLANDS BAYSIDE donated $2000 to the Matthew Stanley Foundation. The Foundation was also a benefactor of the club’s recent Redlands Classic Ride, which attracted 508 cyclists.                              More about that in the next issue.

President Denis Clarke said: “We recognise on behalf of all parents,  the difficult personal challenge that Paul has created in forming the Matthew Stanley Foundation, the endless awareness addresses to school  children throughout the state, the value of his input towards the ‘One Punch Can Kill’ campaign, and the soul searching that he and his family have experienced since the loss of Matt. Paul Stanley has displayed intense fortitude while giving so much of himself in order to ensure that no parent suffers what his family has endured. His dedication to community service is supreme.”

In his moving acceptance speech, Paul vowed the Matthew Stanley Foundation would continue to spread the message of responsible youth behaviour and the devastating effects of excessive drug and alcohol consumption.

Party Safe over Christmas

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Evaluation – is the message from the Matthew Stanley Foundation getting to the “Ys” (Youths)? The graph below shows a recent survey of young people after a talk by Paul Stanley in 9 schools in MacKay Region.

An evaluation summary can be found here

Anti Violence Motto Spreads

Helping Hand … Katey Comino, Paul Stanley & Sharna McLean General Manager Easts Leagues Club

Anti-violence motto spreads

The Easts Leagues Foundation Community Benefit Fund last month handed a $21,175 grant to the Matthew Stanley Foundation to provide a professional media presentation that will be shown at foundation information sessions at public and private schools, community groups and community events.
Matthew Stanley, 15, was punched and killed outside a teenage party at Alexandra Hills in late 2006. Since that tragic incident, Mr Stanley, of Thornlands, has campaigned tirelessly in a bid to keep his son’s memory alive and to teach people that one punch can kill.
Matthew Stanley Foundation representative Katey Comino said the community was impressed with the Matthew Stanley Foundation’s youth safety initiatives.

 “The foundation lives its message with its volunteer youth members organising awareness events, delivering many sessions and contributing to youth forums,” she said.

 “The foundation has participated in the Queensland Government’s Youth Violence Taskforce and has given significant energy to the Queensland Police Party Safe program.

 “Funds from the Easts Leagues Foundation Community Benefit Fund will be devoted to establishing a professionally created media presentation and DVD program that will extend the foundation’s reach and potential to impact throughout Queensland and interstate.”

 Matthew Stanley’s father Paul said the significant contribution was “absolutely fantastic”.

“It’s great support from the club and it will allow us to promote the foundation’s message,” he said.

 “I want to acknowledge the Easts Leagues Club and every member of the club as a contributor, not only in community safety right now but in the young people that will guide our future.”

 Information on the foundation and the work of it volunteers can be found at www.matthewstanleyfound ation.com.au


Crime Prevention Unit
Mackay Police Station
57 -59 Sydney St, Mackay Q 4740
P.O. Box 261, Mackay Q 4740
TELEPHONE (07) 4968 3572    FACSIMILE (07) 4968 3592
Email: Waters-Marsh.RonaldCa@police.qld.gov.au

Date: 18/08/09

Paul Stanley
c/o – www.matthewstanleyfoundation.com.au
Paul Stanley Testimonial.

Dear Paul
I am proud to provide a testimonial regarding the effectiveness of the presentations provided by yourself in relation to youth violence.

Prior to our campaign in the Mackay district in August 2009 I had seen your presentation twice. The first time was for the ‘Youth Violence Symposium’ in July 2008 in Brisbane. At this time the auditorium was full of International and Australian academics as well as human services industry workers. Not a word was spoken during the presentation and some of the most hardened industry workers were moved to tears. Early in 2009 I saw a presentation by you to a group of Grade 9 – 10 Bowen High School students, similarly silent and completely engaged.

It was as a result of the content of your presentation and the overwhelming impact it has on its audience that we, (Mackay Youth Support Services) and Mackay Police District, decided to invite you to talk to our district high school students in August 2009.

In conjunction with Qld Police officers and Qld Ambulance officers across the Mackay District we addressed over 3200 students in 9 high schools. The impact on students, teachers, police and ambulance officers was overpowering. In my extensive involvement in working with youth, (20 years+) I have never seen youth so engaged in a presentation. Comments from Police, Ambulance officers and teachers that attended request involvement in any further campaigns in the future and wholeheartedly support the message and your delivery of it.
Paul, I am proud to have worked along side you in the delivery of this message and support your work with youth violence prevention and reduction. Please contact me if I am able to assist with any further campaigns and I look forward to working with you protecting our youth, in the future.

Yours sincerely
Ron Waters-Marsh. Bsc App’ Psych.
Senior Community Crime Prevention Officer
Mackay District Office
57 – 59 Sydney St
Mackay Q 4740

Bowen State High School


The Foundation would like to acknowledge Emily MacDonald of the Bowen Independent for allowing the reproduction of this article published on 17 March, 2009.

Dad on a Crusade


For Mr Stanley, standing up in front of a crowd of youths brings back memories of Matthew. ‘‘It really is terrible,’’ he said. 

‘‘It’s very difficult and people say ‘how can you stand up and talk to people about this?’‘‘And I say ‘I want to come back six months or 12 months later and see all your faces, you’re not in the hospital or the cemetery or even in jail.  

‘‘Does it hurt, yes it does, I can see Matthew in every one of their faces when I look round.

‘‘I go to bed and wake up at 1 or 2am and think, what am I doing,’’ he said. 

‘‘But I don’t want to go to another funeral.’’ 

Mr Stanley said they had hundreds of youths supporting their foundation by fundraising and raising awareness in the community.
‘‘Matt was such a great kid and he did not deserve to be forgotten so his legacy is that hundreds of people are talking about this,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s not going to bring him back but we want to make sure other kids and their families don’t have to go through this.’’

He said they had also started talking to younger grades to educate them earlier rather than trying to change their attitude later.
‘‘It’s not like talking about someone who this has happened to, it affects the kids because I’m a real person who has been through this.’’

To find out more about the foundation,

visit http://www.matthewstanleyfoundation.com . a u / o r
h t t p : //www.crimestoppersyouth.com.au/ for the
Crime Stoppers Youth Challenge