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ABOUT
WHITE BALLOON DAY

White Balloon Day is Australia’s largest campaign dedicated to preventing child sexual assault.  

Now in its 21st year, White Balloon Day unites communities, businesses, schools and organisations annually to break the silence on child sexual assault and make a commitment to protecting Aussie kids.

Learn more below about the legacy of White Balloon Day and how YOU can get involved!

GET INVOLVED

Whether you are a part of a school, small business, corporation, community group, or you are simply an individual who cares about protecting the kids of Australia, there is something for you to get involved in this White Balloon Day 2017.

From hosting your own White Balloon Day EVENT, to creating a CHALK ART MURAL or entering our VIRTUAL BALLOON RACE, we have HEAPS of different activities this year for you to show your support. 

HISTORY OF WHITE BALLOON DAY

The White Balloon was adopted by Bravehearts as symbolic of the issue of child sexual assault following a public demonstration in Belgium in 1996. 300,000 people gathered with white balloons in solidarity for the parents of children who were the victims of a previously convicted and released paedophile. Bravehearts continued the tradition the following year and and has done so every year since. 

Now after 21 years, the white balloon represents a symbol of hope for survivors of child sexual assault and encourages them to break the silence by speaking out. In turn, the humble white balloon works to protect today’s children against sexual assault. 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • White Balloon Day is Australia’s largest and longest-running child protection campaign dedicated to the prevention of child sexual assault.  
  • In 1999, Senior Police labelled White Balloon Day a ‘phenomenon’ when it was revealed that the campaign resulted in a staggering 514% increase in disclosures of child sexual assault to Queensland Police Headquarters!
  • Since its inception, White Balloon Day has helped to educate over 700,000 children across Australia about personal safety, with Bravehearts’ Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show.

FUNDRAISE FOR WHITE BALLOON DAY

By fundraising for White Balloon Day, you are helping to ensure that child survivors get the specialist counselling they need and preventative education is provided to Australian kids.

There are several ways you can raise funds, ranging from hosting a small morning tea among friends, to planning something bigger such as a special White Balloon Day luncheon or dinner. There are also many simple fundraising activities you can choose from, if you prefer to keep things simple.

FUNDRAISING EVENT AND ACTIVITY IDEAS

ENTER OUR VIRTUAL BALLOON RACE

A great way to get involved in White Balloon Day this year is to enter our VIRTUAL BALLOON RACE! The race will be launched on White Balloon Day, Friday 8th September, from the virtual steps of Parliament House in Canberra, and will raise funds for the prevention of child sexual assault.

DISCOVER MORE

WHITE BALLOON DAY
FRIDAY, SEPT 8, 2017

White Balloon Day is a Bravehearts signature awareness initiative. Held on Friday, September 8, it is a highlight of Child Protection Week (September 3-9, 2017). 

White Balloon day brings together families, schools, governments, police, survivors, celebrity ambassadors, corporates and businesses for the common goal of child protection. 

Money raised throughout the campaign will go towards creating child safe communities via preventive education and training programs as well as specialist support for kids and their families affected by child sexual assault.

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Last year more than 600 events took place across Australia.

Let’s make this year even bigger! 

 

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Special Thanks to Our Corporate Supporters and Government Partners