Brave­hearts launch 19th an­nual White Bal­loon Day

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

CELEBRATE White Bal­loon Day on Septem­ber 11 by mak­ing a do­na­tion and par­tic­i­pat­ing in a fundrais­ing event to make Aus­tralia safer for kids.

Na­tional child pro­tec­tion ad­vo­cate Brave­hearts is call­ing on ‘chil­dren’s cham­pi­ons’ in com­mu­ni­ties right across Aus­tralia to par­tic­i­pate and do­nate at t he 19th an­nual White Bal­loon Day on Fri­day, Septem­ber 11 – a key aware­ness and fundrais­ing cam­paign to pro­tect Aussie kids.

Held dur­ing Child Pro­tec­tion Week (Septem­ber 6-12), the event brings to­gether res­i­dents, schools, gov­ern­ments, po­lice, sur­vivors, am­bas­sadors, cor­po­rates and or­gan­i­sa­tions to heighten aware­ness around the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing chil­dren.

More than 1000 reg­is­tered events t ook place i n com­mu­ni­ties across Aus­tralia last year to raise funds and share Brave­hearts’ vi­sion to make Aus­tralia the safest place in the world to raise a child.

Funds raised helped Brave­hearts to ed­u­cate more than 83,500 chil­dren with per­sonal safety and sup­port more than 5000 kids and their fam­i­lies with spe­cial­ist coun­selling ser­vices over the past year.

Brave­hearts founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Hetty John­ston, says White Bal­loon Day is a sym­bol of hope for the one in five Aus­tralian chil­dren who will be sex­u­ally harmed be­fore their 18th birth­day.

“White Bal­loon Day i s about rais­ing aware­ness and funds to en­able the con­tin­ued de­liv­ery of vi­tal sup­port and preven­tion pro­grams and giv­ing kids the con­fi­dence to come for­ward and break the si­lence,” Mrs John­ston said.

“From some­thing as sim­ple as wear­ing white and ty­ing a white bal­loon to a let­ter­box, to host­ing a fundrais­ing event or lun­cheon, ev­ery­one can get in­volved.

“Pro­tect­ing chil­dren is ev­ery­one’s busi­ness.

“We know that for the most part this crime is pre­ventable, we just need adults to step for­ward and to pri­ori­tise the safety of our chil­dren.

“Let’s rise up and work to­gether to pro­tect the most vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of the com­mu­nity – our kids.”

Do­nate and par­tic­i­pate via www.white­bal­loon­ and help to make a big dif­fer­ence in the lives of chil­dren on White Bal­loon Day.

If you need to talk to some­one, Brave­hearts is here to help - 1800 272831.

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