Monique Mastrobattista

Caroline Springs, Victoria

Kindness champion, author

Tripping down a set of stairs set off a life-changing series of events for 15-year-old Monique. Bruised and with a broken nose, she shared a photo on social media to explain what had happened. The cyberbullying attack that followed hurt much more than her physical injuries. Yet Monique turned this adversity into advocacy by spreading her anti-bullying message. Through her books, social media posts and school presentations she aims to provide a voice for the bullied. She also advocates kindness and compassion for those who have bullied others. “People do not need to feel alone and helpless. I survived bullying and you can too”.