White Balloon Day

AlburyCity is urging the community to take a stand to help protect children from sexual abuse.

On Friday 8 September, Mayor Kevin Mack will join Bravehearts to release biodegradable balloons for the 21st annual White Balloon Day to demonstrate that it is never OK to abuse children.

As part of White Balloon Day, school students across Australia will create chalk murals or drawings using the hashtag #ChalkItUp as a statement of support for kids. Each artwork will feature a white balloon as a symbol of hope.

"The abuse of children is an abhorrent crime that can never be swept under the carpet,” Cr Mack said.

“It’s up to us all to stand united in support of kids so that every child feels safe at all times and I urge everyone to not only join this symbolic statement on Friday, but to also speak out against harm to children wherever it occurs.”

Police, health service officials, charities and children’s champions will attend Friday’s event at QEII Square. Activities run from 10am to 3pm, with a sausage sizzle and live entertainment to precede the balloon release at 12.20 pm. All proceeds will go to Bravehearts.

Founder and Executive Chair of Bravehearts Hetty Johnston AM, is calling on individuals, schools, organisations and businesses to register an event for the signature awareness campaign at www.whiteballoonday.com.au

“Bravehearts has come so far over the last two decades and has been a voice for the voiceless, breaking the silence on this crime, but we have a long way to go, and on September 8 our quest continues as we strive to create a safer Australia for our children,” she said.