Gold Coast child protection advocate leaves race for Mayor

Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston has decided not to run for Logan Mayor.

The child protection advocate and 2015 Queensland Australian of the Year said it was not an easy decision to make.

In a statement Johnston said she was not able to commit to the heavy schedule required for an election campaign.


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Hetty’s campaign Facebook page remains active.

Local Government elections are in March 2016.

Meantime, Bravehearts’ education program is being supported by Burleigh’s Boomerang Bags.

The partnership will lead to the creation of information bags for Bravehearts’ education program for kids ‘Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure’.

The new collaboration is part of the government’s Work for the Dole program which places job seekers in activities where they can gain skills and experience that give back to the community and help them find a job.

Boomerang Bags co-founder Tania Potts said the initiative is perfectly suited to her organisation which aims to reduce demand for plastic bags.

“We turn recycled materials into re-useable bags, empowering participants with real skills while doing our bit to reduce our impact on the environment,” Ms Potts said.

“The Bravehearts collaboration has given the initiative even greater purpose for the 15 participants because they see another rewarding benefit of their hard work knowing they’re contributing to the protection of kids.”

The bags are crafted by hand using recycled paper donated by Queensland Newspapers and the handles are made using string from hessian coffee sacks. The Bravehearts logo is then manually printed on each bag using a screen printer.

Bravehearts’ Education Manager Sharon Stewart said the collaboration, which will see Boomerang Bags manufacture around 3000 bags over the next two months, provides excellent support to ‘Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure’.

“Our education program travels to schools and early learning centres around Australia educating kids with important personal safety skills. After each show children are given a bag with information and activities to take home to continue their learning,” she said.

“This equates to around 100,000 bags each year including 30,000 in Queensland, so it’s great to partner up with Boomerang Bags, who are proving a sustainable solution and helping us to protect kids along the way.

“We hope it’s a relationship that can continue long into the future.”

You can reach Bravehearts on 1800 272 831.

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