Local celebrities unite to protect Aussie kids for White Balloon Day

GOLD Coast television and sporting stars have united to protect kids in a national awareness campaign for Bravehearts.

Natalie Gruzlewski, Liz Cantor, James Courtney and Guy Andrews are just some of the local celebrities that have come together to raise awareness and funds for Australian children affected by sexual assault, ahead of Bravehearts’ 18th annual White Balloon Day on September 12.

White Balloon Day is held during National Child Protection Week and aims to raise funds and awareness to help put an end to child sexual assault in the community.


TV presenter Natalie Gruzlewski said said she is proud to support Bravehearts and White Balloon Day

“As a mum there is nothing more important to me than protecting kids,” she said.

“Getting involved in White Balloon Day by donating or raising awareness is so simple and will make such a big difference to the support services that Bravehearts provides in the community.

“If we all just do one thing for White Balloon Day, no matter how small it may seem, we can help Bravehearts and its vision to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise kids.”

Natalis Gruzlewski's selfie for White Balloon Day. Photo: Supplied

Natalis Gruzlewski’s #whoRUprotecting selfie. Photo: Supplied

For White Ballon Day this year Bravehearts has launched a selfie campaign to encourage Australians to ask the big question – #whoRUprotecting? Anyone can join in by simply taking a #whoRUprotecting selfie and posting the answer on their hand in a photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Bravehearts founder and CEO Hetty Johnston, is thrilled the campaign has generated such strong celebrity support and is urging all Australians to register an event today and take a selfie to pledge support.

“We applaud all of these wonderful people; they’re all children’s champions,” she said.

“Child protection is everyone’s responsibility and we all have children in our lives who we love and want to protect. Child sexual assault is preventable but we need all adults who care to step up and take a stand.

“With the support of the community we can put a stop to it. Let’s do this as a nation and together we can exact change and make a big difference to so many kids and their families affected by this devastating crime.”

Last year community groups, schools, businesses, councils and passionate individuals worked with Bravehearts to deliver its largest campaign, with more than 1300 fundraising events held nationally.

Join the rest of the country on September 12 in raising awareness and funds for Australian children affected by sexual assault. For more information, visit www.whiteballoonday.com.au