Ausfest 2018 partners with charity Enough is Enough

Important partnership: from left, Ken and Simone Marslow of Enough is Enough, with Mark Vincent and Sutherland Shire mayor Carmelo Pesce. Picture: John Veage
Important partnership: from left, Ken and Simone Marslow of Enough is Enough, with Mark Vincent and Sutherland Shire mayor Carmelo Pesce. Picture: John Veage

Sutherland Shire Council has announced ‘Enough is Enough’ as the charity partner for its AUSFEST 2018 festival that kicks off next year on Australia day.

Enough is Enough is a Sutherland Shire based not for profit organisation working to reduce the level of violence and its impact in our society.

Sutherland Shire mayor, Carmelo Pesce said it was an important partnership for the two-day festival which will be held across three sites at Cronulla, Sutherland and Illawong.

“Violence in our community is of concern to everyone no matter what age, gender or culture,” Cr Pesce said.

“It affects not only victims, but can cause long term distress for family members, friends and colleagues. I hope everyone coming along to enjoy AUSFEST 2018 gets behind this important cause,” he said.

Also supporting Enough is Enough is international star Mark Vincent who will be performing at AUSFEST 2018.

According to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, in the Sutherland Shire from July  2016 to June 2017 there were 468 recorded domestic violence related assault incidents. In the period January 2016 to December 2016 there were 601 recorded non-domestic violence related assault incidents, up from 536 the previous year.

Enough is Enough founder and chief executive officer, Ken Marslew, is thrilled that his not for profit organisation has been chosen as the charity partner for AUSFEST 2018 and says he is humbled by Sutherland Shire Council’s show of support.

“It will help enormously with the work we are doing in our community to work against violence,” Mr Marslew said.

“Being the AUSFEST 2018 charity partner means we will be able to reach thousands and thousands of people with our message,” he said.

Enough is Enough’s general manager Simone Marslew says it is important that people are aware of the work being done in the Sutherland Shire to address violence in the community.

“Enough is Enough began in the Sutherland Shire over two decades ago and from humble beginnings has grown to not only support victims but rehabilitate perpetrators and promote peace and prevention through programs aimed at the entire community, starting with our youth. We began in the Shire and we are still working hard in this community to reduce the level of violence,” she said.

Enough is Enough was formed in 1994 by Ken Marslew following the tragic and violent murder of his son, university student Michael Marslew who was gunned down in a robbery at the Pizza Hut in Jannali where he was working.

His father, Ken Marslew – through devastation and his own experiences – saw the need for a holistic approach towards the needs of victims.

The organisation commenced as a home-based one-man operation in 1994. Ken Marslew gave his first public presentation later that year to an audience of 600 people assembled in the Sutherland Entertainment Centre. Buoyed by the reception he received,

Mr. Marslew resigned from his full time employment as a Corporate Sales Manager in December 1994 and started immediately to develop various strategies for providing victim support.

Today, Enough is Enough provides a comprehensive range of best-practice support services in the form of groups, seminars and one-on- one counselling that aim to reduce violence in the community.

The organisation focuses on supporting and educating individuals impacted by crime, violence, road trauma and anti-social behaviour. Enough is Enough believes in beginning with the individual by offering practical and realistic strategies to take responsibility in creating a positive and meaningful life for themselves.

For more information about Enough is Enough and the story behind its founder Ken Marslew at enoughisenough.org.au.