From the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the red dirt of the Pilbara… After recently completing the 2012 Kokoda Walk for a Cause to raise funds for the Luke Adams Foundation, last week Collingwood star Andrew Krakouer travelled through the Shire of Roebourne visiting schools to share his experiences with violence – and more importantly, to talk about consequences of your actions.
Andrew spent 16 months in jail for assault, which left his victim in an induced coma. One split decision fuelled by alcohol and a long-standing family feud took his career, family, financial security and freedom. Thankfully, his victim survived and Andrew is now back playing footy for the Magpies, but more importantly, working as a role model educating young people about the horrible consequences of one stupid decision.
Andrew also visited the Roebourne Youth Centre, which is run by Yaandina Family Services, and talked to youth who have become part of the Juvenile Justice system due to behavioural issues.
“There is too much violence on our streets and it’s got to stop. I was a perpetrator but have also experienced violence from the other side when my mate Luke Adams became a victim. Because I’ve been on both sides, I believe I can help people see the consequences of one stupid action that affects so many people,” says Krakouer.
On the weekend, Andrew also spent time at Karratha McDonald’s in support of McHappy Day to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House, which creates, finds and supports programs across Australia for seriously-ill children and their families.