#ChalkItUp for kids this White Bal­loon Day

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS -

BRAVEHEARTS’ an­nual White Bal­loon Day will cel­e­brate 21 years on Septem­ber 8, with reg­is­tra­tions pour­ing in from across the coun­try to help pro­tect Aussie kids from sex­ual as­sault.

Bravehearts founder and ex­ec­u­tive chair, Hetty John­ston AM, is call­ing on in­di­vid­u­als, schools, or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses to chalk it up for Bravehearts’ sig­na­ture aware­ness cam­paign by reg­is­ter­ing at www.white bal­loon­day.com.au.

“White Bal­loon Day is very close to the heart of com­mu­ni­ties right around the coun­try and is the long­est-run­ning child pro­tec­tion cam­paign ded­i­cated to the pre­ven­tion of child sex­ual as­sault,” Mrs John­ston said.

“Bravehearts has come so far over the last two decades and has been in­stru­men­tal in break­ing the si­lence on this crime, but we have a long way to go, and on Septem­ber 8 our quest con­tin­ues as we strive to cre­ate a safer Aus­tralia for our chil­dren.”

This year’s cam­paign will fea­ture innovative and fun ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages in­clud­ing the Bravehearts Na­tional Chalk Art Project and a vir­tual bal­loon race.

The Chalk Art Project will see schools and bud­ding artists of all ages ‘ChalkItUp’ for Aussie kids by cre­at­ing a chalk mu­ral or draw­ing of their own de­sign and shar­ing images of their work on so­cial me­dia us­ing the hash­tag #ChalkItUp.

Each piece of art must in­clude a white bal­loon as a sym­bol of hope, with the most cre­ative pieces re­ceiv­ing prizes for their ef­forts.

“Child sex­ual as­sault is a tough topic but we are en­cour­ag­ing the com­mu­nity to ‘chalk’ about it through art and shar­ing the mes­sage of hope and pre­ven­tion,” Mrs John­ston said.

White Bal­loon Day is held an­nu­ally dur­ing Child Pro­tec­tion Week, held this year from Septem­ber 3–9, and is Bravehearts’ key aware­ness and fundrais­ing event de­signed to help pre­vent a crime which af­fects more than 60,000 chil­dren ev­ery year.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about White Bal­loon Day and how you can get in­volved in this year’s cam­paign is avail­able at whiteBal­loonDay.com.au.

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