THE Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) has joined the campaign to stop youth violence by
teaming up with the Matthew Stanley Foundation.
The foundation was established by Paul and Kay Stanley, following the death of their son
Matthew, 15, who was fatally bashed outside a party at Alexandra Hills in 2006.
More than 150 QAS vehicles in the Brisbane region will display Walk Away, Chill Out (WACO)
bumper stickers in support of thefoundation’s cause.
Brisbane Region assistant commissioner Gavin Trembath said the WACO campaign was
designed to get young people to stop and think before resorting to violence.
“We hope that by displaying these stickers the QAS can help spread awareness of the Matthew
Stanley Foundation and the important work they do,” Mr Trembath said.
“Paramedics see the effects of violence through their patients every day.
“It’s important that people realise violence is never the answer and can have devastating
The foundation’s Paul Stanley said having the stickers on prominent vehicles such as
ambulances would draw attention to the WACO message.
“If we can just make one kid stop and think it will all be worth it,” he said.
“We wanted to give the kids a cut off point before violence happened.
“We need to work together to try and reduce it.”