Sheldon College students spread the One Punch Can Kill message

 RAISING AWARENESS: Sheldon College students Lloyd Robertson, William Stewart and Scott Millar during the walk for the Matthew Stanley Foundation. Photo: Supplied

RAISING AWARENESS: Sheldon College students Lloyd Robertson, William Stewart and Scott Millar during the walk for the Matthew Stanley Foundation. Photo: Supplied

THE One Punch Can Kill message had such an impact on students from Sheldon College that they have held a walk to raise awareness and money for the Matthew Stanley Foundation.

Year 11 co-ordinator Nathan Burridge said Paul Stanley told grade 11 students about his son Matthew.

SHELDON COLLEGE: Students Maddison Genrich and Sienna Smiley promoted the One Punch Can Kill message during the walk at Sheldon College. Photo: Supplied

SHELDON COLLEGE: Students Maddison Genrich and Sienna Smiley promoted the One Punch Can Kill message during the walk at Sheldon College. Photo: Supplied

The 15-year-old died from a punch to the head in 2006.

Mr Stanley has campaigned relentlessly promoting the slogan Walk Away Chill Out.

His message encourages people to stop things before violence starts and recognise that we can talk about things rather than “punch things out”.

RAISING AWARENESS: Students at Sheldon College take part in a walk to raise awareness of the One Punch Can Kill message. Photo: Supplied

RAISING AWARENESS: Students at Sheldon College take part in a walk to raise awareness of the One Punch Can Kill message. Photo: Supplied

He spreads the message and the story about his son in the hope that it will have an impact on students’ attitudes towards violence.

“It was a very powerful message and it resonated with the students,” said Mr Burridge.

PART OF THE FUN: Playing musical instruments as they walked added to the fun of the Matthew Stanley Foundation charity walk at Sheldon College. Photo: Supplied

PART OF THE FUN: Playing musical instruments as they walked added to the fun of the Matthew Stanley Foundation charity walk at Sheldon College. Photo: Supplied

In response the students organised the charity walk for Middle College students to raise awareness and money for the foundation that Mr Stanley set up.a 1.4 kilometre course around the school for about three hours.

Some students dressed in yellow to promote the campaign and some carried musical instruments, playing music as they walked to add to the fun of the event.

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