Out Of Tragedy, We Aim To Save Lives. So Let’s Talk On A Deeper Level And Disrupt Stereotypes
The Kai Fella Foundation
About The Kai Fella Foundation
The Kai Fella foundation is a registered charitable organisation.
We rely on the generosity of people like you to contribute funds to help us provide Tomorrow People workshops in Western Australian schools and clubs.
These workshops are based on the positive effects of early intervention, encouraging our youth to express their feelings, build emotional muscle, respect and support each other, and change stereotypes – and through this, save lives.
Did you know? A donation of $20 is enough to pay for one at-risk child to attend one of these life-changing workshops.
Let's break that old stereotype that doesn't support emotional development nor strengthen resilience, both of which are needed to keep our young men and women alive.
The workshops we support help young men build emotional support networks - the capacity to talk with emotional intensity.
Claire Eardley, the founder of Kai Fella, introduces the Kai Fella Foundation and explains how the donation is used.
We are inviting you to save boys’ and girls' lives, whom you may not even know nor have met.
We can end the silence, stop the increasing rate of young male and female suicide, empower them to live fully for them and for those they love. We are disrupting outdated traditional gender stereotypes and helping young men define and own their unique story: empowering them to confidently navigate a world of expectations, demands and emotional complexity, creating a healthier life for themselves and the people they love.
Out of tragedy, We aim to Save Lives
The Eardley family moved to Perth from the UK in 1997. Cam was 3 and Kai just 18 months. The boys started school at the East Fremantle Primary School and Joey was born soon after in 1999.
It was quickly realized that sport and outdoor recreation, fishing, swimming, surfing and footy would be the family’s passion. The family enjoyed exploring the coastline of WA, taking many a road trip to the south-west and up to Broome and Karajini. Also, keen to experience winter sports, they explored the South Island of New Zealand and the snowfields of Niseko and Hakuba in Japan.
Often, other families joined and it was a haze of boys, rods, surfing and boarding equipment, backed up with a hefty supply of food.
All the boys took a turn of skateboarding. Amidst an array of broken bones and skin wounds, Kai seemed to be on the receiving end of many of these but was never deterred.
Twenty years on, Kai’s suicide changed the family’s lives forever. He was studying at Notre Dame and struggling with the demands of growing up.
“I still consider myself the mother of 3 boys,” says Claire. “One will always be my eternal, spirited 20-year-old, the boy too good for us all”. She believes Kai would want all his family to lead the best life they are capable of, and that drives her forward every day. “I want to be Kai’s legacy, his voice and to honour his life by living again. I love and miss him every minute of every hour, but I know I will see him again, and he will be proud of what we have achieved. Cam, Joey and Jasmyn [Kai’s girlfriend] have also continued to strive to be best they can be, and I am so proud of them for that.”
The family’s mission is to create a positive change for the mental health of the youth of today.
Make a Donation & Save Lives
Your donations make these life-changing workshops possible & could save young men’s lives.
Please be advised that donations over $2 are tax deductible.