She is one of the leading lights on Channel Nine’s House
Husbands and will soon lace up her walking shoes for the annual Geelong Step Out for Bravehearts walkathon with a clear message – to ‘protect kids’.
Edwina Royce (pictured with Ditto) plays Stella Parker on the popular drama and now the Logie nominee will play a big community role alongside hundreds of others to raise awareness and funds for child protection.
The 8-year-old, Chilwell Primary School student has starred in a number of popular TV series including Neighbours and Better Man, and recently became part of the audience at a live show with a difference – Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show at Oberon Primary School - teaching kids strategies and skills to stay safe in a range of situations from sexual assault to bullying.
“I really enjoyed watching Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show, it was fun and I learnt a lot. I am excited to walk with Ditto in the Step Out for Bravehearts Walkathon,” said Edwina.
“It is great to be part of an event that will raise money for more kids to meet Ditto and learn ways to protect themselves.”
Launched last year, Step Out for Bravehearts (formerly known as the Geelong Walkathon) attracted hundreds of children, families, teachers, businesses and supporters of child protection who took part in the 2.3 kilometre walk around the picturesque botanical gardens.
Established and run by the Bravehearts Geelong Committee (made up of passionate volunteers), the event raised $7,000 which helped fund Bravehearts acclaimed personal safety program – Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure show – to childcare centres and lower primary school children in the Geelong region.
Bravehearts Geelong Committee Chair Brian Bull, expects Step Out for Bravehearts to be bigger and better in 2014 with a slate of fun-filled family activities for the kids, including face painting, a jumping castle, a reptile display and live music.
“The Geelong Committee is dedicated to raising funds to help Bravehearts continue the delivery of its vital services to Australia’s most vulnerable members – our kids,” said Mr Bull.
“Step Out for Bravehearts is a great opportunity for the Geelong community who share Bravehearts vision to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child to come together, enjoy a day of fun and laughs and give back to a great cause.”
Bravehearts Founder and Executive Director Hetty Johnston, praised the Geelong community for getting on the front foot for child protection.
“We rely heavily on the community to help us raise awareness and the strength of this event just goes to show that protecting kids is everyone’s business,” she said.
Bravehearts has operated in Geelong since 2012 with an education team that has now reached 11,000 children.
Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure show is a 40-minute live production tailored for children aged three to eight that effectively teaches strategies and skills to stay safe in a range of situations from sexual assault to bullying.
Step Out for Bravehearts will take place on Sunday March 23, registration opening at 8:30am and the race commencing at 10:00am at the Eastern Gardens Rotunda, Eastern Park Court.
Following the 2.3 kilometre walk, participants are encouraged to join Ditto the Bravehearts lion cub mascot for refreshments and activities.
Entry is $10 per person with proceeds donated to Geelong children. CLICK HERE
to register or for more information contact event manager Peter Donald on 0419 306 909.