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Overview
N2C is a revolutionary Youth Safety Campaign with the clear objective of saving teenage lives by educating the young men & women of Australia of the dangers of street violence and the realities of road carnage.
N2C will confront the youth of Australia and shock them into making smart decisions regarding their own safety.
2 of the most prolific killers of teenage Australians are death or serious injury from street violence and road accidents.
The N2C program is guaranteed to ‘cut through’ to the youth of Australia like no other program of its kind by way of its 2 incredible presenters and unique marketing channels.
The N2C program will utilize the dynamic ‘medium’ of motorsport to capture the interest and short attention span of today’s youths. McElrea Racing driver Warren Luff will promote the N2C program via major signage on his Porsche 911 in the 2013 Australian Carrera Cup championship. As ambassador and Master of Ceremonies at the N2C ‘events’ Warren will illustrate how being focussed, staying safe and making good life decisions can lead to the opportunity to ‘live your dreams’.
N2C will use the noise, colour, glamour, speed and attraction of world class motor racing to attract the attention of the teenage Australians and direct them to the N2C social media portals.
N2C will address it’s target market – Australian teens, in strategically arranged ‘events’ at High Schools throughout Australia.
The first speaker, Paul Stanley has been through the horrendous experience of turning off the life support system for his 15 year old son Matthew after he was bashed to death at a teenagers party in 2006.
The second speaker, Matt Speakman is a paraplegic who was knocked off his motorcycle by a drunk driver and his girlfriend passenger was killed.
Both Paul and Matt have paid the ultimate price for other peoples bad decisions and are both passionate about reducing the disgraceful statistics relating to Australian youth safety.

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Stamping out youth violence

YOUNG AND FEARLESS

PREVIEW
Educating our youth on ways to avoid conflict during a night out on the town is essential if we are to avoid more senseless deaths.

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Jarna Baudinette

Youth violence has been in the headlines again this week, following the death of Sydney teenager Thomas Kelly after he was king-hit in a random attack on July 7.

Kelly, 18, had just arrived in Kings Cross to celebrate a friend’s birthday when an unknown attacker punched him in the face. He sustained massive injuries after hitting his head on the footpath and never regained consciousness.

While the connection between alcohol, drugs and aggressive behaviour is well known, and party hotspots such as Kings Cross are home to their share of violent assaults, the incident bore none of the hallmarks of a typical pub stoush – there was no previous altercation between the victim and assailant, and Kelly was captured on CCTV just seconds before the attack speaking to a mate on his mobile phone with one hand, and holding his girlfriend’s hand with the other. Another man in the vicinity at the time reported being punched moments before.

NSW assistant police commissioner Mark Murdoch labelled the assault a “random, unprovoked, mindless attack, committed by a mindless individual”.

Kelly’s family describes a friendly, caring young man – not the type of teenager you would expect to become involved in a street fight – who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

But he isn’t the fi rst young man to be killed or severely injured by a single punch. Melbourne man James Macready-Bryan was assaulted while celebrating his 20th birthday in October 2006, resulting in catastrophic brain damage. In November of that same year, Perth teenager Skye Barkwith, 17, suffered a fatal fractured skull after being punched outside a hotel, and two years later Justin Galligan, 16, died after being king-hit at a party in North Balwyn in Melbourne’s east.

In 2007 Caloundra man Josh Mills, 22, was killed in similar circumstances, and an MWP staff member’s 18-year-old son was knocked unconscious after being king-hit from behind on the Gold Coast late last year.

All were situations involving alcohol. Speaking to ABC’s 7.30, Kelly’s father Ralph said he had been concerned about his son going out in Kings Cross, echoing the fears of parents across Australia who are worried for their children’s safety amid reports of escalating youth drinking and violence.

Paul Stanley’s son Matthew was a popular, athletic 15-year-old when he was killed by a single punch at a party in Alexandra Hills in 2006. Established by Paul and his wife Kay, the Matthew Stanley Foundation has since collaborated with the State Government on the One Punch Can Kill and Party Safe campaigns.

Paul Stanley travels around the state speaking to school students about his son’s death and has presented talks to more than 150,000 students. His presentations aim “just to put a reality into the fact that really bad things can happen to good people, and the one punch you throw can completely alter everyone’s life,” he says. “Even though you didn’t mean to hurt the person, you killed them.”

Young people often have no experience of violence outside fi lms
or video games, and don’t understand the potential danger of a single punch. Stanley says speaking about his son helps to personalise the issue.

“If it was you standing up in front of the same group of kids, saying I know a guy whose son was killed, kids would think ‘Oh, that’s really sad … but it looks like the Titans are going good at the moment!’,” he says. “But when it’s me they go, ‘Wow, he’s talking about his own son’, and so it puts a reality to it.”

Stanley’s presentation often provokes strong emotional reactions from teenagers. One high schooler recently told him she was supposed to be in a fight that afternoon, but had decided not to participate after hearing Matthew’s story.

The foundation has launched a new campaign called Walk Away Chill Out (WACO), which encourages young people to refl ect on their own behaviour – and the potential consequences – before resorting to violence.

“The whole idea is to give young people the opportunity to do something in between [thinking] ‘this situation is getting out of hand’ and ending up with someone lying bleeding on the road,” Stanley says. “It’s all right to say, ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t mean that’, and equally important, it’s all right for the person you’re saying it to, to accept that.”

In the alcohol-fuelled environment of a party or pub, innocent interactions such as one person bumping another or accidentally spilling a drink can quickly get out of hand – the fight that led to Mills’ death reportedly started over a spilled beer.

Stanley says the aim of WACO is for young people to realise that “there is something else you can do – you don’t have to react violently”. Equally important is for friends to support that decision and not think less of somebody for it.

Stanley also encourages worried parents to educate themselves on youth violence.

“When we go into schools we will ask kids, do you want your parents to be your friends, or do you want them to be your parents? And 99 times out of 100 they will say – or they’ll write down, because we ask them to write it – we want them to be our parents.

“What we as parents need to do is make sure we have guidelines – to say no, you’re 13 so you’re not going to that party with a six-pack, I don’t care whether or not everyone else’s parents are doing it. As adults we can get bullied by our kids, so we need to actually pick up the phone and call so-and-so’s parents, and see what they’re actually allowing.”

The issue is complex and diffi cult to address, but Stanley says the foundation is committed to preventing more deaths. Students ask how he can bear to talk about Matthew every day, and he tells them he does it “so your parents don’t have to”. “

There is no magic wand that you can wave, but if we stop trying, we’re not going to get anywhere,” he says.

“It’s about saying that we, the community, have had a gutful and are trying to do something about what’s happening. And it’s also about people taking it on board and realising that you can’t blame the government, you can’t blame the cops, you can’t say someone else should be doing something – you can only take it on board yourself.

“And as your friend, I’ve got to say this may not be the right way to do things – let’s have a breather, calm down a bit, realise it’s only a few millilitres of beer that’s been spilled. People have died for that, and that’s the terrible thing about it.”

 

QAS helps spread anti-violence message

The Cleveland ambulance station went WACO on Saturday, July 7 with the Matthew Stanley Foundation to campaign together to stop youth violence. The Cleveland ambulances showed off the foundation's Walk Away, Chill Out (WACO) bumper stickers when they opened their doors to the public. Photos courtesy of the Cleveland Ambulance Station

The Cleveland ambulance station went WACO on Saturday, July 7 with the Matthew Stanley Foundation to campaign together to stop youth violence. The Cleveland ambulances showed off the foundation's Walk Away, Chill Out (WACO) bumper stickers when they opened their doors to the public. Photos courtesy of the Cleveland Ambulance Station

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
consequences.”
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.”

Police Take on Chill Out Message

Walk Away Chill out

Bayside Bulletin
BY SHANNON HOLLOWAY
12 Apr, 2012 12:00 AM

WALK Away, Chill Out – that’s the message the Metropolitan South Region police and the Matthew Stanley Foundation are sending out to stop youth violence.

The two have teamed up to get the message out by sticking new Walk Away Chill Out (WACO) stickers to 115 police cars across the region, including cars at Redland Bay.

Paul Stanley established the foundation in the name of his son, who was fatally bashed outside an Alexandra Hills party in 2006.

With Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson helping launch the new WACO campaign on Tuesday, Paul said he wanted to get the message out as far and wide as possible.

“The message we’re trying to spread among the community – particularly teenagers – is really simple: Walk Away, Chill Out,” he said.

“The purpose of WACO is to teach teenagers how to deal with conflict in a positive way, by encouraging them to ‘walk away’ (which) gives them an out.”

Paul said his foundation often focused on stopping youth violence and spending time communicating to youth about the dangers of violence and fighting.

“But WACO takes it to the next level by drilling in the idea of ‘Walk Away’, which people can actually use if they’re caught up in a moment of anger or conflict,” he said.

“I’m really grateful the Queensland Police Service has got behind us in promoting WACO, by placing the stickers on the 115 marked police cars in the Metropolitan South Region.”

Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said he was confident WACO would help teenagers realise that dangerous behaviour and violence were simply not worth the risks.

“Police cars catch everyone’s attention, and my hope is people will notice the WACO stickers and the important message they convey and spread the word to their friends and family.”

“The Queensland Police Service is regularly confronted by the results of youth violence and I commend Paul Stanley and the Matthew Stanley Foundation for their dedication in tackling these issues,” he said.

“Displaying these stickers on all marked police vehicles within the Metropolitan South Region until the end of 2012 is a way for the Queensland Police Service to promote and support the WACO initiative.”

Commissioner Atkinson said the WACO message would be on display from Redland Bay to South Bank and Wynnum to Inala.

The WACO message has also been displayed on a number of bus stops throughout the Redland City area since December.

Council goes WACO at last meeting for year

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REDLAND City councillors and officers got into the Christmas spirit at last night’s full council meeting, when councillors donned t-shirts with the Walk Away Chill Out slogan.
The red-and-black slogan showing a fist dripping with blood is part of the Matthew Stanley Foundation’s program to curb teenage violence.

Mayor Melva Hobson and her 10 councillors, along with the council’s chief executive officer and four general managers wore the t-shirts for the meeting, the last for the year.

The mayor said the campaign was timely and reminded teenagers to stay “chilled out” over the festive season.

The foundation’s Paul Stanley thanked the council for putting up the foundation’s posters at three bus stops in Redlands.

Mr Stanley is the father of teenager Matthew, 15, who died after being bashed outside a teenagers’s party in Alexandra Hills in September 2006.

At last night’s meeting, the council also refused to extend planning approval for a power station fuelled by chicken manure.

It adopted its long-awaited SMBI 2030 Community Plan and a decision to give a broader reading to Tree Protection Area laws.

The council also decided to waiver the state government’s newly introduced waste levy fee for charities up to the value of $1000.

Island commercial waste operators using mainland tips would be charged the levy but can get exemption certificates from DERM.

The council also decided to put its Housing Strategy up for public comment until February 8.

The strategy sets out guidelines on how to accommodate an extra 21,000 houses in the Redlands in the next 20 years.

A wish list of redevelopment options for Cleveland’s Toondah Harbour was also approved and will be sent to the state coordinator general in a bid to get government to take on the terminal’s overhaul.

The council also decided to launch an appeal to raise money for a grand piano for the Redland Performing Arts Centre.

New grand pianos cost upwards of $250,000 and a second-hand piano can cost more than $90,000.

The council also unveiled its 10-year financial strategy, which suggests rates will go up 4.5 per cent in the next financial year, contrary to what the strategy predicted in June, when a 7.5 per cent increase was tipped for next year.

Chill out program gets boost across Redlands


As appears in the Bayside Bulletin, December 5 2011

THREE bus stops in Redlands are playing their part in keeping kids in the area safe and “chilled out” over the Christmas party season.
The large black-and-red posters, showing a clenched fist with the slogan Walk Away, Chill Out, were the brainchild of Paul Stanley.

Mr Stanley is the father of teenager Matthew, who died after being punched at a birthday party in Alexandra Hills in September 2006.

After his son’s death, Mr Stanley set up the Matthew Stanley Foundation in an effort to teach teenagers how to deal with conflict.

Mr Stanley said he wanted the posters to go at bus stops, where children and tourists would congregate, to get the message out to kids about the dangers of fighting.

He chose one of Matthew’s friends Jordan Rankin, who plays halfback for the Gold Coast Titans, to become a WACO ambassador.

“Jordan is 20 years old and was the second youngest person to play first-grade rugby league at the age of 16,” Mr Stanley said.

“He played touch against Matty and became a good friend.

“Jordy and I have worked closely over the past five years and he is a great role model for our youth,” Mr Stanley said.

Redland City Council had liked Mr Stanley’s idea so much, it bought the signs and got them made up at a Cleveland printers.

The signs were put up at the bus stop opposite Victoria Point State High School on Cleveland Redland Bay Road on Monday.

Another sign was erected in Middle Street, Cleveland, and the third sign is opposite the BP service station on Birkdale Road at Wellington Point.

“I reall wanted kids over the Christmas period to take notice of our WACO slogan, which stands for Walk Away Chill Out,” Mr Stanley said.

“Councillors loved the idea and some even said they would wear a t-shirt with our slogan on it to the last full council meeting of the year.

“Some of the councillors are also going to put our stickers on their cars, so the message is spread as far as possible,” Mr Stanley said.

The signs have been so popular, even Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson has expressed interest in visiting Redlands to check them out.

Villanova College

Title: Villanova College
Location: Villanove College
Description: Visit to the Year 12 students of Villanova College
Start Time: 2:00pm
Date: 4/11/2011

Charity Awareness

Title: Charity Awareness
Location: Loganlea Campus
Description: The Certificate III in Events at Metropolitan South Institute of Tafe (MSIT) are holding the event to promote different charities and their contribution to our society. The aim of the event is not to fundraise but to gain support and educate people on each charity.
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 25-10-2011
End Time: 13:00

Ministerial Advisory Council on Youth Violence Meeting

Title: Ministerial Advisory Council on Youth Violence Meeting
Location: Undumbi Room, Parliamentary Annexe, Parliament House
Description: Contact: Amanda Moran
Senior Policy Officer | Policy & Research | Community Safety & Crime Prevention Branch | Queensland Police Service
Ph: 07 3234 2164 | Fax: 07 32342100 | Mobile 0402 051308
Level 10 | CBRE Building | 179 North Quay, Brisbane 4000
Email: moran.amandaE@police.qld.gov.au

Start Time: 13:30
Date: 2011-04-20
End Time: 15:30