Pro­tect­ing brave lit­tle hearts

Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS - Mon­tana Ar­don

FIRST RE­PORTED AT FOR the sixth year in a row, cake maker and wed­ding com­pany direc­tor Alison Kemp will use her tal­ent and pas­sion to raise money for child pro­tec­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion Brave­hearts.

Cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­nual White Bal­loon Day last Fri­day dur­ing Child Pro­tec­tion Week, Ms Kemp will again do her bit to sup­port Aus­tralia’s big­gest child pro­tec­tion chal­lenge, work­ing to re­duce the 60,000 crimes that af­fect Aus­tralian chil­dren each year.

Owner of The Vines business Vi­nescakes, Ms Kemp has teamed up with other lo­cal wed­ding pro­fes­sion­als to hold a quiz night at Mul­berry on Swan in Caver­sham.

“To­gether with Perth’s lead­ing group of wed­ding sup­pli­ers Lets Get Hitched, we will be rais­ing money for Brave­hearts,” Brave hearts: Lets Get Hitched direc­tor James Bur­ton with Vi­nescakes owner Alison Kemp.

she said.

“I will have small cakes on sale and a raf­fle too, with a good se­lec­tion of prizes, as well as a photo booth and dec­o­ra­tions which have been do­nated.”

Brave­hearts founder Hetty John­ston said White Bal­loon Day en­cour­aged Aus­tralians to play their role in cre­at­ing child­safe com­mu­ni­ties. “It is likely there is a child in ev­ery­one’s life, or the life of some­one they know, who has been a vic­tim of child sex­ual as­sault,” she said.

“White Bal­loon Day is about en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple from all cor­ners of the com­mu­nity to step up for these kids, rais­ing aware­ness and funds to en­able the con­tin­ued de­liv­ery of vi­tal sup­port and preven­tion pro­grams, while giv­ing kids the con­fi­dence to come for­ward and break the si­lence.

“Pro­tect­ing kids is ev­ery­one’s business and by step­ping up and tak­ing the chal­lenge, ev­ery­one can play a role.”

Par­tic­i­pants who #takethechal­lenge will help to pro­tect Aussie kids by host­ing a White Bal­loon Day event, fundrais­ing online or gen­er­at­ing aware­ness via social me­dia.

This year, the school, or­gan­i­sa­tion and in­di­vid­ual who raises the most funds will have the op­por­tu­nity to have the ‘Ditto’s Keep Safe Ad­ven­ture’ de­liv­ered to a school of their choice.

Money raised through­out the cam­paign will go to­wards ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing pro­grams.

Funds raised in 2015 helped to ed­u­cate about 106,000 kids on per­sonal safety and sup­port 3750 kids and their fam­i­lies with spe­cial­ist coun­selling ser­vices.

Pic­ture: David Baylis d458246

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