A little yellow band with the words You Can Sit With Me etched on it is set to make a difference in thousands of schoolyards across the country.
Children are being encouraged to wear the highly visible band to help put an end to bullying and to make sure all children feel included whether that be at school, at a sporting club or at a community group.
The #YouCanSitWithMe initiative teaches band wearers to be a friendly face and to alert a teacher if a student is upset.
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The campaign was devised by educational consultant Sophie Whitehouse, after she noticed a number of children were suffering from bullying, anxiety, depression and loneliness as a result of feeling isolated. Ms Whitehouse has now enlisted the help of celebrity ambassadors to help spread the message of her kindness campaign, including the Gold Coast’s very own Natalie Gruzlewski.
Speaking to myGC, Ms Gruzelwski said she was compelled to join the campaign after learning bullying was becoming a worldwide epidemic. “This campaign is another approach to help stop bullying and to spread the message of kindness and empathy among students,” she said.
Check out our full interview with Natalise Gruzlewski and learn more about the #YouCanSitWithMe initiative in the video below:
The #YouCanSitWithMe wristbands are just $2 and can be purchased online at www.youcansitwithme.org. All money raised from the sale of the wristbands goes to the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, which aims to bring literacy skills to Australia’s most marginalised communities.