Help a young man get set free this Christmas
Many of you would have seen our post from the 24th August about the young man we’ve been supporting who was unexpectedly sent off to prison. Next week we’re going to the Supreme Court to re-apply to get him out on bail.
I’ve been reluctant to share this publicly for obvious reasons but we really need your help.
We have grown to know Ad well. He was introduced to hard drugs at an early age before most of us Australians even know what they are. This was a result of being brought up in a really destructive culture.
While struggling with an addiction to heroin as an adolescent and surrounded with a destructive environment he made a bunch of really bad choices and ended up in juvey and then prison.
I’ve gone over all the old charges with his lawyer and I’ve chatted to Ad at length about his past, his choices and his plans for the future. He’s remorseful for his past choices and has worked hard to really change.
Nat Carse from Krosswerdz connected with him several years ago in prison. Nat and his team run church services in prison. When they met, Ad was hungry for change and started attending. He was looking for a positive role model to guide him and his choices moving forwards.
Ad voluntarily detoxed off of all illicit drugs and methadone. It’s hard to explain how difficult it is to do this but it’s impressive. If you take into account his situation… it’s beyond impressive. It’s miraculous. It’s inspiring. The week he got arrested he was offered free meth and he said no. It takes real character to say no when there’s peer pressure from those you love to simply join in with something you know will make you feel better. He doesn’t even know I know this but I found out. It’s easy to say one thing to impress someone and then behave differently when “noone is watching”. This is one of the reasons why I’m supporting him now.
Nat Carse started a lawn mowing program that Cup From Above is collaborating with to create real paid work for Ad. We didn’t make it easy for him. To get to his job on time he’d have to wake up at 5am to catch several buses and trains. He did this without fail. Something I’ve rarely seen over the years in this work. He also showed promise as a cafe worker, he’s young enough, he has people skills. So we had just started to train him in the cafe too. He could also easily get a job in a cafe which is another option for his future.
One of the reasons I’m supporting Ad is that he has already started showing leadership qualities. He’s not a sheep. He’s started making those difficult values based decisions. I saw him challenge and encourage some of the crew here at Cup From Above in their choices. I’ve seen him with his older mentors that he’s connected with asking powerful questions about life and how to grow, how to deal with difficult situations.
The authorities have unfortunately looked at his past, the terrible choices he made while he was using heroin and assumed the worst of what happened in August. I can’t share too many details publicly. What he did that night was actually courageous. It was difficult, most people would have cowered away, he took a risk to step in and help a woman who was being beaten and then removed himself from the situation as quickly as possible to defuse an increase in violence. He then came to me and Nat to debrief about what happened. His conscience was clear. We went straight to the police to be transparent. I sat next to him as he explained to them what happened.
We need to celebrate and champion men like this. We need to exemplify him not punish him. There’s 1.3 million Australians out there who are currently using Crystal Meth. We need men like Ad to help lead the exodus out of addiction. If I do nothing, if we do nothing, he’s just gonna be sitting in a cell. It costs us, the taxpayer $116 000 every year to have him in that cell. Today we can choose to pay for him to stay in prison rotting away or we can pay a small amount to try and see him set free. I’m fighting so damn hard for this kid because I think he’s got something. I think if we set him free he’s gonna see other people set free. We’ve got a great team to support him. We’re gonna continue training, guiding and empowering him. We’ve got a job for him waiting. We’ve got a safe home for him to stay in. We just need to act now.
We’ve got a great legal team together. A couple of barristers have heard his story and put up their hand to help for free. William Sun, Anna & Matt; the wonderful team at Sun & Co Lawyers have worked really hard on this. It’s impressive. They’ve been meticulous going through every detail. They’ve visited Addison in prison. They’ve interviewed all his mentors who know Addison well and have been journeying with him to really get an understanding of who is and defend him accurately and thoroughly before the court. They’re not getting a cent for this yet they’ve gone above and beyond to help ensure the best possible outcome for this man’s future. To pay for this respected and proficient legal team it’d be in excess of $10,000 and they’re doing it because they believe in him the same as I do.
With his poor history it seems likely we’ll need to present some funds for him to get out on bail as surety for good behaviour until the court case. We’d like to offer $10,000 if the magistrate deems necessary.
We’d like to ask you to donate a small amount to help us reach this amount so we can see him set free before Christmas.
Name: Cup Aspley Ltd
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The thought of him sitting in a cell this christmas is so painful, ridiculous and unnecessary. Our legal team is highly motivated to make all this happen and the plan is to have this resolved before Christmas.
Now there’s several details to all this which I have to explain…
If we’re successful in getting him out on bail and with the actual court case the bail money is surety for good behaviour. If the bail money is released upon a successful outcome with his court case we’ll use it for developing the lawn mowing project (Liberty Garden Care & Krosswerdz Care) to get much needed equipment and other support which will help Ad get and sustain more work upon release. We believe in “teaching a man to fish” rather than just giving fish. This program also helps other people like Ad. So the love will spread even further.
I also need to mention that Ad could be released on bail and in the unlikely event he did reoffend between then and his court case the bail money would be forfeited. I’ll personally vouch for his good behaviour and I personally trust him. We’ve been proactive in preparing to ensure he’s well supported through this tenuous period.
There’s also the possibility our legal team would be unsuccessful and the magistrate could rule that he is not eligible for bail and/or we could lose the court case. This would be devastating however it is a possibility we need to think about. In this case we would invest the funds into that same program to help the other young men in similar situations we’re supporting to turn their lives around and get work.
Thank you everyone for helping us supporting men like Ad and for caring about those who downtrodden and forgotten.
CEO & Founder of Cup From Above
Update on Cup From Above June 2017
Cup From Above has been Resurrected!
After a short homeless hiatus Cup From Above v2.0 will continue to serve the finest coffee from 6am Monday, 5th June!
There’s been a few changes but the core of our mission is still the same. We’ll be selling great coffee to make cash and use that cash to help people in need. We’ll be training people up how to become great baristas and help them find work, we’ll be helping people in emergency crisis situations, and we’ll be journeying with some of the most disadvantaged members of our community for the long haul to see them flourishing.
We’d like to say a huge thankyou to Trent Meade and the team at Revelry Entertainment who own and run the popular Valley club called “The GPO”. Named because it used to be the Post Office many years ago. They have warmly welcomed us into their great venue placed in the heart of Fortitude Valley.
The word fortitude means “courage through adversity” so Fortitude Valley kinda means “courage through valley”. Which seems to suit us well. Unfortunately there is no parking at the new site. For a detailed map showing exactly where we are and the best places to park in the Valley please visit the map on our website here.
We took a short break from making coffee which gave us the opportunity to increase our efforts on our charitable objectives.
We now have 3x “Sevens” champion peer support groups helping some of the most disadvantaged members of our community.
Australia’s greatest social crisis right now is probably the pandemic of Crystal Meth addiction. The answer is complex and we are focussing and refining our strategies around targeting the very core of this issue.
The effects of addiction are simply devastating but there is nothing more precious and beautiful than seeing someone crippled with addiction reconciled with their partners and children. The text message saying thank you on their first day back at work. Dropping them off at home after feeding them when they were living on the streets. That’s why we do this.
THE YEAR AHEAD:
Our aim is still to raise $87,500 so that we can provide 60 hours per week of continuous support to see the most difficult members of our community and see them liberated from the vice of addiction and the horrific behaviour that comes with it. We need a full time professional and a part time support worker to manage the “Sevens” peer support groups. We’ve found this to be the most thorough, inexpensive, authentic strategy to see people restored. We need your support to continue this vital work. You can donate $30 per week which guarantees 1 hour paid work towards helping (currently sitting at 14.5 hours pledged). It’s the end of the financial year so if you would like to make a one off donation towards this goal it would hugely appreciated.
We’ve teamed up with Nat Carse from Village Church and Chris Rahilly from Northside Yard and Garden Maintenance to trial a lawn mowing program to champion some blokes in our community who need some work to get back on track.
The best way you can support this for now is by calling Chris on 0404 479 585 if you need any yard work done.
Thanks to all the original members who have recently purchased their annual renewal and we’d like to welcome on board all the new members.
It’s thanks to your consistent support that has enables us to help transform lives.
We currently have 301 members. You can sign up in store from Monday or via the link here.
Charity HQ Search Continues…
We are continuing to search for a premises to officially base the charity out of in or near Aspley. It could potentially be anywhere on the Northside of Brisbane but it seems right to stay here. The charity house, formerly located behind the old cafe is still being used to store furniture for people in crisis, our administration work is being done from there. More than that we have continued supporting people from the house every day. In the last month we’ve had 3 men in various extreme crisis situations stay at the charity house. This is a vital need we must find a long term solution for.
5th Birthday & Opening Celebration
It’s hard to believe that the 18th June 2017 will be our 5th Birthday. We’ll be unexpectedly celebrating this one in our new venue which seems fitting to make this the official opening ceremony. Details on facebook here. This event is for members only.
CEO Adam James & Chris Rahilly were honoured to speak with some of the great young men and women at Deception Bay High. It’s so important to encourage, educate and motivate the vulnerable younger members of our community.Read More
Interview with Loretta Ryan on ABC Radio
Here’s the interview with Loretta Ryan on ABC Radio during closing our Aspley site after 5 years of operating on Saturday, 29th April 2017. The interview includes a brief section with Matt Patch telling his story here.