On 07th July 2012, Thomas was invited to a friends 18th birthday. Arriving in Darlinghurst by taxi with two other friends, not knowing the way to the venue, Tom was on his phone to find out the directions. Two minutes after alighting out of the taxi, a complete stranger stepped off the wall from where he was leaning, and punched Thomas with such force he impacted with the pavement and was brain dead within seconds. A life extinguished forever.
“It was an absolute pleasure to meet you last night.
You are a remarkable woman who has managed to use a tragedy to benefit the rest of the community.”
Turia Pitt, Humanitarian
In some small way we all can help to make a difference to the terrible number of deaths (5,500 per year) and hospitalisations (over 157,000 per year) caused as a result of alcohol harm (health, violence, accidents).
The financial cost of alcohol abuse to Australia's economy is a staggering $15 billion annually. But far worse, is the cost to thousands of families who endure suffering for the rest of their lives. It's clear we need a new approach.
Kathy went about creating a movement. One where politics, emergency services, lobby groups, organisations, individuals and communities all came together for a common cause - a cause to lessen violence. Initialising conversations Kathy mobilised groups to work together to form the basis of this movement:
The NSW State Government (Office of the Premier and Department of Justice)
City of Sydney (Lord Mayor and CEO)
NSW Police Force
St John Ambulance (NSW)
St. Vincent's Hospital
University of New South Wales (UNSW)
University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE)
NSW/ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA)
Macquarie Group Foundation
Crown Resorts Foundation
"Kathy was engaging, touching, but most of all an incredibly eloquent speaker discussing a tough and very personal topic. Her passion for her cause was obvious, and I look forward to hearing her speak again."
Tahnee Walters, Director at the Spotted Cow Cookie Co.
For more detailed information about the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation:
The Foundation and Kathy's vision is to ensure that all of our children get home safely.