Bravehearts host White Balloon Day

Sexual assault of children is not a topic many wish to think about. However it is a reality for many children in Australia.

On September 8, Bravehearts will hold its annual White Balloon Day and Highlanders are encouraged to be a part of the national awareness campaign.

Bravehearts founder and executive chair of  Hetty Johnston AM, said it was vital people were aware of the issue.

“White Balloon Day is very close to the heart of communities right around the country and is the longest-running child protection campaign dedicated to the prevention of child sexual assault,” she said.

“Bravehearts has come so far over the last two decades and has been instrumental in breaking the silence on this crime. But we have a long way to go and our quest continues as we strive to create a safer Australia for our children.”

This year’s campaign will feature activities for all ages including the Bravehearts National Chalk Art Project.

The Chalk Art Project will involve schools and budding artists of all ages ‘ChalkItUp’ for Aussie kids by creating a chalk mural or drawing of their own design and sharing images of their work on social media using the hashtag #ChalkItUp.

Each piece of art must include a white balloon as a symbol of hope, with the most creative pieces receiving prizes for their efforts.

Visit www.whiteballoonday.com.au to register for White Balloon Day. Are you taking part in White Balloon Day or have you created a chalk project?  

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