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Next week marks Child Protection Week, and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of White Balloon Day, Bravehearts is staging Australia’s Biggest Child Protection Challenge.

With one in five children in Australia sexually harmed each year, child protection is one of our nation’s leading critical issues.

Schools, organisations and individuals are encouraged to #TakeTheChallenge and host a White Balloon Day fundraising event to help make Australia safer for our kids.

Held annually during Child Protection Week (September 4-10), White Balloon Day encourages Australians to actively contribute to child safety. Money raised contributes to creating child-safe communities through preventive education and training programs, plus specialist support for children and families affected by child sexual assault.

Bravehearts Founder, Hetty Johnston AM, said, “I cannot be more proud of Bravehearts and its incredible array of supporters, all coming together to take on Australia’s biggest child protection challenge.

shutterstock_100800745White Balloon Day is about encouraging people from all corners of the community to step up for these kids, raising awareness and funds to enable the continued delivery of vital support and prevention programs, while giving kids the confidence to come forward and break the silence.”

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of White Balloon Day, Bravehearts has set a challenge to host more events and raise more funds than ever before.  Contributions from last year’s campaign helped to provide personal safety education to 106,000 kids and support 3750 children and their families with specialist counselling services.

White Balloon Day ambassador Natalie Gruzlewski said, “The work that Bravehearts does in the community is just incredible and I’m continually inspired by the difference this organisation makes in the lives of so many children and families.

“As a proud Bravehearts ambassador and a parent, I understand there is nothing more important than helping to protect and educate our most vulnerable. When I hear stories about children being harmed, it just breaks my heart and as a society, we all have a responsibility to make sure kids can grow up safe and in happy and protective environments.”

Child Protection Week runs from 4-10 September. Check out the full calendar of events for free and fundraising events for the whole family near you. Or #TakeTheChallenge and stage your own White Balloon Day fundraiser, or share on social media to raise awareness for child protection.

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