When it comes to keeping children safe from harm, we all have a role to play.
Today is White Balloon Day, and it is a chance to raise awareness about the integral role everyone needs to play in child protection.
For nearly a quarter of a century, White Balloon Day has been fighting to protect children and reach Bravehearts’ mission to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.
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Education Funding Manager at Bravehearts, Kayleen Johnston is a child sexual abuse survivor, and is the reason her parents started the child protection charity.
“I was sexually assaulted as a child by my grandfather,” she told myGC.
“I disclosed to my parents at the age of 7 that this was happening. There was no services available at that time. I grew up in the Logan area and there was no services for children as young as I was, and there was certainly no services for parents.
“But when I talk about my story, I say that I am lucky. My parents believed me, they supported me, they were financially able to provide me with counselling which I very much needed at the time and not everybody has that.
“So I think that is what makes me grateful and why it is really important for me now to continue the work that we do with Bravehearts to provide that service to everybody regardless of who they are or where they come from.”
White Balloon Day is a pivotal fundraiser for Bravehearts, with the money raised to go towards education, counselling, and training services.
“It’s really important for parents and people in the position of care of young children to be aware of what to look for, how to react and how to protect their children,” she said.
“On White Balloon Day we are really encouraging people to wear white and donate.”
Learn more about Kayleen’s story and White Balloon Day in the video below:
For more information or to donate, please visit whiteballoonday.com.au/home/fundraise/fundraise-online/.