FORMER Young Australian of the Year Jonty Bush will be speaking in Mount Isa next month about the effects of anti-social behaviour.
Ms Bush will be a guest of the Buffs Club as part of their ‘Zero Tolerance – Clubs Say no to Violent and Anti-social Behaviours’ campaign launched followed a coward punch attack on a staff member in January 2016.
Since that incident, the Club has worked with organisations such as Stop the Coward Punch to increase awareness and help reduce the occurrence of these types of crimes within Mount Isa.
On the weekend of May 14-15, the Club will host two events in the Zero Tolerance Campaign where Jonty Bush will be the guest speaker.
Jonty’s story is inspirational. After her 19-year-old sister and father were murdered, Jonty aged 21, joined Queensland Homicide Victim Support Group (QHVSG) to support other families bereaved by violence and to help raise awareness surrounding victim’s rights.
Jonty has been a key advocate for the rights of victims of violent crime and was appointed CEO of the QHVSG in 2007,and in 2009 was named Young Australian of the Year for her work including the development and promotion of the ‘One Punch Can Kill’ anti-violence campaign.
Jonty is an Ambassador for AngelHands and the Sunshine Coast Family Contact Centre.
She is a board member of the Protect All Children Today Foundation and in 2012 co-founded Project 24 to raise funds and increase the capacity of organisations dealing with gender related violence.
A Gala Dinner will be held at the Buffs Club on Saturday May 14 from 7pm.
There will be a 3 course buffet, live entertainment and an inspiration message from Jonty for $80 per person.
On Sunday May 15, there will be a Community Luncheon featuring Jonty Bush with tickets $20 per person and includes light lunch options.
The Buffs Club has coordinated Jonty to attend local schools on Monday May 15 to tell her story and the importance of abstaining from anti-social behaviours.
The Buffs Club said it was important children were educated about these issues from an early age.
The campaign has been branded with the colour purple which can be seen throughout the Club.
Money raised from events and merchandise sales will be used to assist victims of violent crimes as well as information programs.