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Learn more about the late Governor of NSW, Sir David Martin, and his family who continue to help youth in crisis through Sir David Martin Foundation.

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During his time as Governor of NSW, Sir David Martin witnessed many young people caught in the destructive world of drugs, alcohol, homelessness and abuse. Whenever he met them, he sought to encourage them to develop their undiscovered potential so they may better their lives. 

In a speech to the Australia Day Council of New South Wales, Sir David expressed his concern for the young people of Australia. 

"...All those youngsters living away from their homes, in the back streets, the tunnels and the gutters, existing on a diet of drugs, violence, sickness and disease, cold, hopelessness and loneliness. That’s a big mess to clean, but we shouldn’t have let it get so fouled up. Every one of us has to try harder to bring all children up properly and prepare them to inherit Australia from us. These children are our most important assets for Australia’s future, yet we are carelessly squandering those assets….”  

His concern for young people in crisis lead to the creation of Sir David Martin Foundation.

The Martin Family

David Martin married Suzanne Millear in 1957 and together they have three children; Sandy, Anna and William. 

Since the Foundation’s beginning, Lady Martin has been heavily involved and sits on the Board of Governors. She is active in decision making and contributes greatly to our fundraising events. Captain Will Martin RAN (Rtd) is also on the Board of Governors. Sir David's daughter Anna works at the Foundation and continues to keep her father's legacy alive by managing philanthropic development. Their sister, Sandy is also involved and supports the Foundation in other ways.

The Martin family, together with generous supporters, are committed to ensure more young Australians get the help they need and continue to receive support for a brighter future.

Helping young people

Learn more about how the Foundation supports youth in crisis.

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One in 3 homeless young people say they are homeless because they are unable to afford housing costs or find work...

Homeless youth are much more likely to have alcohol and drug problems, mental illness and trouble with the law...

33% of youth aged 16 and 17 years have tried at least one type of illegal substance including; cannabis, hallucinogens, amphetamines, ecstasy, opiates or cocaine...

Over 100,000 Australians are homeless on any given night, of which at least 44,000 are aged 12 to 25...