Zonta meeting raises awareness for Bravehearts
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 email@example.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.