Andrew's Support Balloons
IT IS vital for the Coffs Harbour community to support Bravehearts' events like White Balloon Day on September 7.
That's the message from Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, who is on a mission to help raise awareness and stop child sexual assault in Australia.
A proud husband and father himself, Mr Fraser said he was passionate about raising happy healthy children.
"Organisations like Bravehearts, with its vision to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child, are an essential tool in making a fairer, safer society for all Australians," he said.
The annual event, now in its sixteenth year, aims to raise $500,000, with the money to support education, prevention and counselling programs for children who have been sexually assaulted.
The Coffs Harbour community is encouraged to show support on September 7 by wearing white, whiting out the office or classroom, tying a white balloon to their mailbox or hosting a fundraising function.
Bravehearts founder and executive director Hetty Johnston, praised the widespread support saying all Australians had an obligation to protect their children from paedophiles.
"We are very grateful to have so many foot soldiers representing politics, the many sporting codes, the arts and media to help us raise awareness on White Balloon Day and to help break the silence on child sexual assault," she said.
"The great thing about White Balloon Day is that everyone can do their bit to help, as it is about educating, empowering and protecting our children and their futures."