Zonta meet­ing raises aware­ness for Bravehearts

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY res­i­dent Les­ley Pra­chett was the guest speaker at Zonta Whit­sun­days’ first break­fast meet­ing of 2014 and con­fronted mem­bers with the mo­tivi­a­tion be­hind Hetty John­ston’s com­mit­ment to rais­ing aware­ness of child sex­ual assualt.

Ms Pra­chett graph­i­cally il­lus­trated the long term and wide rang­ing dam­age caused not only by the crime it­self, but the se­crecy which still sur­rounds child sex­ual assualt at the March break­fast meet­ing which was held last Tues­day.

She out­lined the fo­cus of Bravehearts - an or­gan­i­sa­tion foundered by Ms John­ston dur­ing Child Pro­tec­tion Week in 1997, and its aim to stop child abuse and make Aus­tralia the safest place in the world to raise a child by 2020.

She also spoke of how Ms John­ston’s lob­by­ing re­sulted in the cur­rent Royal Com­mis­sion into In­sti­tu­tional Re­sponses to Child Sex­ual Abuse.

White Bal­loon Day is an an­nual event held by Bravehearts on Septem­ber 12 which aims to raise aware­ness and funds for Aus­tralian chil­dren af­fected by sex­ual as­sault.

Ms Pra­chett en­cour­aged com­mu­nity mem­bers to get in­volved by help­ing kids to step for­ward and break the si­lence, while rais­ing nec­es­sary funds to en­sure Bravehearts vi­tal coun­selling and sup­port ser­vices can con­tinue.

The next break­fast meet­ing will be held on Tues­day, April 15 and Rowena Kis­sun from Whit­sun­day Health Clinic will be the guest speaker at the event.

The Zonta Club of the Whit­sun­days wel­comes new mem­bers to at­tend their break­fast meet­ings and mem­ber­ship en­quiries can be made by email­ing zon­ta­club7@hot­mail.com.

BREAK­FAST TALKS: Zonta Club of the Whit­sun­days mem­ber Les­ley Pratch­ett was the guest speaker at the club's first break­fast meet­ing of 2014 which was held at the Cof­fee Club last Tues­day.

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