Thursday, September 6th, 2018 - Insight Communications for Bravehearts

MEDIA RELEASE: 6 September 2018

Bravehearts Praises All Telstra Queensland Stores & Offices for Supporting

White Balloon Day as Part of National Child Protection Week!

White Balloon Day is Friday 7 September - National Child Protection Week is 2 – 8 September 2018

Today, Bravehearts, Australia’s leaders in child protection for 22-years, has welcomed Telstra’s participation in White Balloon Day as part of National Child Protection Week to help break the silence surrounding child sexual assault.

Bravehearts’ White Balloon Day is Australia’s only national awareness and fundraising campaign dedicated to breaking the silence and preventing child sexual assault through generating awareness to help educate children, parents and adults of the need to do more to protect kids from a crime that affects more than 58,000 children in all corners of Australia, every year.

Duncan Armstrong, Community Engagement Manager for Telstra said, “Stores and business offices right across QLD will be dressing in white, hanging balloons and flags, engaging our customers and raising funds for this very worthy cause on White Balloon Day. 

“Telstra and our teams want to make a difference to kids and families affected by child sexual assault and are proud to do our part on White Balloon Day with 85 stores, business offices and field depots across QLD all excited to take part in the fun of this special day,” he said.

Hetty Johnston AM, Founder and Executive Chair of Bravehearts said, “Telstra have long supported the work of Bravehearts during White Balloon Day to help us break the silence of a crime that affects 1 in 5 children nationally.

“We’re delighted that Telstra has once again joined forces with Bravehearts to help us break the silence across QLD with so many stores and offices state-wide participating in White Balloon Day and helping to raise essential funds for Bravehearts.

“We’re urging everyone to pop into their local Telstra store to personally thank them on behalf of the children in their community and make a donation to help Bravehearts continue our vital work in child protection,” Ms Johnston said.

“In Australia, a child is substantiated as having been sexually assaulted every 90 minutes – that’s 1 in 5 children who are sexually harmed in some way before their 18th Birthday – a statistic that is totally unacceptable in Australian society.

“Child protection is everybody’s business and every adult, business and organisation can each play an important role in child protection by supporting Bravehearts to help us create safer communities for all Australian children,” Ms Johnston said.

“Every Australian child has the right to feel safe and we’re indebted to everyone at Telstra for taking an active role in promoting Bravehearts and fundraising to help us continue to protect Australian children throughout Australia,” she said.

Bob Atkinson AO APM, Former Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse said, “As a long term supporter of Bravehearts, the community’s support for White Balloon Day is vital! An individuals’ safety underpins their entire quality of life and is a right not an option.

“While there is still much to do in that regard, Bravehearts are at the forefront of child protection and this assistance enables them to continue their important and valuable work,” the Former Commissioner said.  

Bravehearts’ White Balloon Day campaign, funded by the Department of Social Services - National Initiatives, is Australia’s longest running annual national awareness campaign for the prevention of child sexual assault.

During National Child Protection Week everyone with the responsibility to care for children can help them stay safe downloading a FREE copy of the Bravehearts’ Personal Safety Parents’ Guide by visiting https://bravehearts.org.au/personalsafety

Bravehearts offers specialised support, education and training services for children, families, schools, childcare centres and organisations.  Call our toll free Support Line on 1800 272 831 Monday to Friday between 8:30am to 4:30pm (AEST) or visit our website www.bravehearts.org.au.

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For more information please visit: www.bravehearts.org.au or www.whiteballoonday.com.au


JOURNALIST NOTES

Telstra stores participating in White Balloon Day include stores located in:

Ayr

Bundaberg

Gympie

Mackay

Northlakes

Toowong

Beenleigh

Burleigh Heads

Helensvale

Maroochydore

Redbank

Toowoomba

Biggera Waters

Cairns

Hervey Bay

Maryborough

Robina

Townsville

Biloela

Caloundra

Indooroopilly

Milton

Rockhampton

Victoria Point

Bowen

Capalaba

Ipswich

Morayfield

Roma

Warwick

Bribie Island

Carindale

Jimboomba

Mt Gravatt

Runaway Bay

Whitsundays

Brisbane

Chermside

Kawana Waters

Mt Isa

Southport

Wynnum

Broadbeach

Dalby

Kingaroy

Mt Ommaney

Springfield

Yeppoon

Brookside

Elanora

Kippa Ring

Nambour

Strathpine

 

Browns Plains

Emerald

Loganholme

Noosa

Sunnybank

 

ABOUT BRAVEHEARTS & WHITE BALLOON DAY

Bravehearts is Australia’s leading voice for child protection and has been dedicated to protecting Australian children for 22 years.  Bravehearts offers specialised training services for government organisations, educators in schools and childcare centres, education and support services for children and their families, and free child safe information resources that can be downloaded from our website www.bravehearts.org.au. 

 

Bravehearts’ White Balloon Day, which is endorsed and funded by the Department of Social Services National Initiatives, is the longest running annual national campaign to increase community awareness of the crime of child sexual assault and its prevention.  White Balloon Day on Friday 7 September is also Bravehearts’ principle annual fundraising and awareness activity.

 

BRAVEHEARTS’ PERSONAL SAFETY PARENTS’ GUIDE

Parents can download a FREE copy visiting https://bravehearts.org.au/personalsafety

TEACH CHILDREN EARLY: THE 5 BASIC PRINCIPLES OF PERSONAL SAFETY

1.  To trust their feelings and to distinguish between ‘yes’ and ‘no’ feelings.

2.  To say ‘NO’ if they feel unsafe and unsure.

3.  That they own their own bodies.

4.  That nothing is so yucky that they can’t tell someone about it.

5.  That if they feel unsafe or unsure to run and tell someone they trust.

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