Fighters Against Child Abuse Australia (FACAA) founder and president Adam Washbourne said he has seen a “scary” move to online bullying and abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Australian Center for Counter Child Exploitation has seen a huge increase in children being manipulated and forced to make abusive material themselves and send it to the addicts,” said Mr. Washbourne, who on Sunday was named the recipient of a Liverpool Order companion.
“We at FACAA believe that each survivor’s journey is different. What they endured and how they survived is very individual, so there should be no uniform approach to healing. Some clients will benefit from a traditional approach to mental health healing. “Some need a more movement-based approach to healing. The needs for survivors’ healing are as varied as the survival stories themselves.”
Washbourne, who also runs anti-bullying programs in local schools, said he was “incredibly grateful and very humbled” to be recognized as part of the Liverpool City Council’s 2021 Order of Liverpool Awards, which were held virtually on November 7 – the anniversary for Liverpool. the founding of Liverpool.
He was recognized for his work in leading the fight against bullying and child abuse in Liverpool. The lifelong martial artist started his charity ten years ago when he identified a need for children who have survived child abuse to receive various forms of therapy, including martial arts, gymnastics and dance.
The charity has grown across Australia after launching at their first approved teaching facility at the KMA Martial Arts in Liverpool.
“I am incredibly proud that FACAA’s work has been recognized. We are a voluntary charity and even though we do not do the work for honors, it is always great when we are recognized,” he said.
FACAA has teamed up with Wrestle Strong Dojo for a family-friendly COVID-safe pro-wrestling event on Dec. 5 at Bonnyrigg Sports Club, where all funds raised go to the fight to stop child abuse. Mr. Washbourne, whose wrestling name is Adam Facaa, will be in a nagging battle with rival Jake Gibson.
Mr. Washbourne was one of three recipients of the Companion of the Order of Liverpool, which is the most prestigious of the awards, reflecting more than 15 years of voluntary service.
Jimmy Mtashar was also recognized for his work in improving the accessibility and equality of services to refugees in the community. Jimmy, who established a homework support program for vulnerable students, has also raised awareness about domestic violence as part of White Ribbon Day.
The third Companion of the Order of Liverpool recipient was Amalfi Park Environment Group leader Tony Felgate, who is committed to preserving, restoring and regenerating the natural environment. Tony, who also volunteers at the Liverpool Regional Museum, is a regular at Clean Up Australia Day and local plant days.
A total of 11 people were recognized as part of the Order of Liverpool Awards divided into three categories: Companion of the Order of Liverpool (more than 15 years of voluntary service), Officer of the Order of Liverpool (more than 10 years) and member of Liverpool order (more than five years).
Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said the awards are “one of the highest honors” for showing the “incredible work” that is happening every day in the community.
“Much of the work done by this year’s recipients has changed people’s lives in the most positive way. We believe this should not go unnoticed and is worth celebrating,” she said.
“The one thing that all our recipients have in common is their commitment to making Liverpool, as a community, a better place to live, work and play. Without a doubt, Liverpool is a better place with these wonderful individuals in it. “
Order of Liverpool Awards
Companion of the Order of Liverpool (More than 15 years of voluntary service)
- Adam Washbourne.
- Jimmy Mtashar.
- Tony Felgate.
Office of the Order of Liverpool (more than 10 years of voluntary service)
- Julie Low: Julie has devised and delivered scout programs as well as countless other activities on weekends and school holidays for more than 25 years.
- Kathleen Smith: Kathleen was one of the first members of the Liverpool Family History Association in 1987 and is still an active participant in this community, holding the posts of librarian, president, secretary and acting treasurer. She is also an active member of the Liverpool District Historical Society.
- Michael Byrne: Michael has been involved with the community for more than 40 years as a member and then president of the former Liverpool East Ward Progress Association and currently as president of the East Liverpool Progress Association.
- Giammarco (Marco) Leader: Marco began his community involvement in Scalabrini Village, where he led a strong team of volunteers in providing emotional, social, and recreational support to vulnerable members of the community. In 2016, Marco founded the Marco Polo Language School.
- Joseph Cartisano: Joseph has worked tirelessly to assist several organizations in their efforts to raise much needed funds, including The Peter Brock Foundation, Camp Quality, Ronald McDonald House, Crohn’s & Colitis Australia and the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research.
Member of the Liverpool Order (more than five years of voluntary service)
- Phillip Raish: Phillip is passionate about developing the local industry and inspiring young entrepreneurs in the region, having participated in Miller High’s car shed for a number of years with advice, mentorship, guidance and donating his time and resources. Philip also supports students from local colleges through work experience and provides hands-on experience from the industry.
- Major Walter Robinson: Major Walter Robinson has been an active member of the Moorebank Heritage Group and is involved in all the professional exhibitions conducted by this group.
- Armogam Murgan: In 2001, the Armogam Satyam Shivam founded the Sundaram Cultural Society and created the sacred site in Haigh Park, which he called ‘Satyam Ghat’.