Australia Day

26 January 2015

93 days to go

Charles Thomas

Charles Thomas

Anti-bullying campaigner and musician

Charles Thomas was born in Cairns and has been riding a wave of passion and hard work since he graduated from Cairns State High School in 2007.

Charles completed a diploma in Creative Arts and spent his weekends fishing and playing gigs with his four-piece band, The Medics. Quickly making an impression on the nascent Cairns music scene, the band soon found itself playing any show they could find.

The Medics soon relocated to Brisbane were it has since released a first album, which has been nationally recognised in the form of a major record deal and a series of awards including a prestigious Rollingstone Award and a National Indigenous Music Award.

Since relocating to Brisbane, Charles has completed his studies, begun mentoring a group of young boys through his local church, and has found a passion for cycling. After witnessing one of the group’s boy fall prey to the harsh reality of bullying in his high school, Charles was confronted by the enormity of the problem. Bullying is now estimated to affect as many as 3 in 10 school students. Charles passionately explains the turning point came when he realised he could couple his passion for young people with his passion for cycling.

He has since taken time out of his busy life to cycle over 400 kilometres through North Queensland to raise awareness about the crippling impact of bullying. Through high school seminars and chaplaincy, Charles aims to help equip young people to counter bullying by encouraging them to build their confidence, self-image and to utilize the power in their words. He has completed a self titled trip, To the North, twice and plans to visit North Queensland again and expand his venture around the nation.

Charles, honoured as a 2013 Queensland Young Australian of the Year finalist, has a strong passion for young people and is determined to see bullying disarmed, as well as equip the future leaders of Australia.