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Bravehearts launches White Balloon Day to give hope to 59,000 kids a year

 
National child protection advocate Bravehearts is calling on communities right across Australia to sign up for White Balloon Day in support of the 59,000 children sexually harmed every year.
 
Held during Child Protection Week (September 6-12), the 19th annual event will bring together residents, schools, governments, police, survivors, ambassadors, corporates and organisations to heighten awareness around the importance of protecting children.
 
Bravehearts founder and CEO Hetty Johnston AM, 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 – equating to 59,000 kids every year.
 
"White Balloon Day is 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.
 
“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.”
 
More than 1000 registered events took place in communities across Australia last year to raise funds while sharing 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.
 
"We are encouraging people to register today in the lead-up to September 11. 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,” Mrs Johnston said.
 
Bravehearts would like to acknowledge our White Balloon Day partners Westpac, Battery World, Affinity Education Centres, Bendigo Bank and Brisbane Broncos Charities.
 
Donate and participate at www.whiteballoondday.com.au and help to make a big difference in the lives of children on White Balloon Day on September 11.
 
Need to talk to someone? Bravehearts is here to help - 1800 272 831.