Michael Marslew Peace Foundation is dedicated to the memory of Michael Kenneth Marslew, 25th March, 1975 to 27th February 1994.
Michael was a university student studying to become a primary school teacher at the University of Western Sydney, Milperra Campus.
Michael worked at Pizza Hut in Jannali, not far from his home, as a delivery driver to earn money to assist with his studies and lifestyle, and learn a work ethic. Michael enjoyed the social aspects of his job as much as anything else.
On the night of February 27, 1994, as he was helping to close the store, four cowardly men attempted an armed holdup, during which Michael was murdered.
During the following years, the organisation Enough is Enough was formed as a result of this incident, to assist victims of crime, violence and anti social behaviour and deal with the subsequent challenges. Expanding to work with those who would perpetrate the crimes, in the hope that as a society, would lower the level of violence across the community.
The object of the foundation is to promote practical peace strategies amongst young people, giving them the responsibility to deal the level of violence in today’s society.
With all due respect, adults do not seem to have the answers. Much rhetoric, too little positive action. Young people are very strong on understanding and asserting their rights. Now is the time to accept responsibility for the world you want to live in. What are you prepared to commit to create the type of world you want to live in?
Join Us Now! Start to act in ways that create peace and harmony!
A saying which encompasses what is necessary to reach our goal:
When there is peace in the person, there is peace in the house
When there is peace in the house, there is peace in the community
When there is peace in the community, there is peace in the land
When there is peace in the land, there is peace in the world - Chinese Proverb
On Friday 25 March 2011The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence at Redfern was witness to a revolution, of the peaceful kind. The Michael Marslew Peace Foundation was launched in style by Her Excellency Governor of NSW Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO and Former Premier Kristina Keneally.
The former Attorney General The Hon. John Hatzistergos and other dignitaries, Redfern Local Area Commander Luke Freudenstein and members of the Souths NRL squad were also in attendance. Most importantly 115 young people from schools across NSW helped us launch the Michael Marslew Peace Foundation “Stand up, Speak out” program. Our demonstration of the program involved young people, teachers, Michael Marslew Peace Foundation staff, community members and police officers taking part in a series of five exercises.
The exercises drawn straight from the “Stand up, Speak out” program are designed to promote peace and unity amongst our young people by emphasising the need for students to take responsibility for creating the world they want to live in. The Michael Marslew Peace Foundation is proud to announce that it has had incredible feedback from the demonstration and looks forward to running the whole “Stand up, Speak out” program in schools.
The Michael Marslew Peace Foundation would like to thank the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and Redfern Local Area Command for their incredible support in making our fantastic launch happen.
By joining the MMPF you will become part of the solution - not a continuance of the problem.
We started to offer strategies for the development of peace and harmony in March 2011 world wide. It is not only spreading the word that peace is possible, it is also about sharing young people how to make peace and harmony possible. It is about the way we think and the way we act. The more we are together, the greater the strength in creating positive change.
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