Help a young man get set free this Christmas
18 Oct 2017 | control
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.
In the event Ad was released on bail and did reoffend the bail money would be forfeited. I believe in my heart that he wouldn’t reoffend. 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
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