#ChalkItUp for kids this White Balloon Day
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.