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The N.I.C.K. Foundation

N.I.C.K. Foundation


On the 27th of February, 2009, twenty-year-old Nicholas Buttifant took his own life.

Nick was a talented musician who had the world at his feet. To those who knew him, he was an energetic, passionate young man, always able to make others smile. Losing him turned the lives of his friends and family upside down.

Out of this indescribable tragedy, the N.I.C.K. Foundation was born. With the sole aim of giving today's youth hope for tomorrow, N.I.C.K. set out to instill self-belief, compassion and resilience in young people and their families. Through presentations, the Foundation offers parents, their children and mentors the opportunity to hear and share stories from inspirational people. speakers such as Harry O'Brien, Nathan Buckley, Mike McKay, Mick Malthouse, Alisa Camplin, Kim Crowe, Paul Licuria and Chris Anstey. These stories and the messages within provide a platform for discussion and assist our youth and parents when faced with life's challenges.

The N.I.C.K. Foundation was named in honour of Nick Buttifant, and from the letters of his first name we found our core values: Nurturing, Independence, Commitment and Knowledge. Our logo encapsulates the idea of rising every time you fall - just as the phoenix rises from its ashes.

The N.I.C.K. Foundation has successfully run presentations where guest speakers have shared their stories with parents, students, teachers and mentors based on the foundation's Four Pillars of Growth; Self-belief, Life Balance, Mentoring and Resilience. They have reached audiences with near full capacity crowds and have been very positively received, creating relationships for ongoing presentations. The N.I.C.K. Foundation has also been involved with smaller workshops within school communities. It has established an amateur theatre group, The N.I.C.K. Foundation Players, which has provided an opportunity for young people to work in a collaborative and nurturing environment - Giving Hope. They have successfully performed four musicals over four years, the most recent production, 'Robin The Hood', selling out back-to-back performances.

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Contact Details

P.O. Box 480

(04) 3127 8510

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