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The Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation was formed following the death of 18 year old Thomas Kelly, who was king hit in an unprovoked attack in Sydney’s King Cross in July 2012.
The Foundation’s voice has been a powerful catalyst in communicating the need for behavioural change and a push towards changing Australia’s drinking culture through education, Safe Spaces and Take Kare initiatives.
The Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation (TKYF) is Tom’s legacy. The aim of TKYF is to foster behavioural change in young people in order to create a responsible drinking culture and ultimately a safer and healthier community.
TKYF has formed a strategic partnership with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), in particular with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) to evaluate the performance and public perception of the Take Kare Safe Space program in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross. The outcome of the evaluation will allow the TKYF to continue to receive financial support to continue to operate these programs past the current funding period (to 30th June 2018), as well as the expansion of the Take Kare Safe Space programs to regional areas as well as interstate.
TKYF together with UNSW / NDARC are reaching out to source a funding partner (organisation or private philanthropist) to sponsor the research to be undertaken by a PhD student over three years. Find out more.