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.
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.
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
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 2017 has been given the tick of approval by Zoos Victoria and endorsed by their ‘When Balloons Fly‘ campaign, which is helping to raise awareness about the effects of releasing balloons into the natural environment.
This year’s White Balloon Day offers some great initiatives that you get involved in as an alternative to releasing balloons outside, so please join us by also being ‘balloon smart’ with your White Balloon Day events this year.
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.BRAVEHEARTS WEBSITE