ABOUT
WHITE BALLOON DAY

White Balloon Day is Australia’s largest campaign dedicated to preventing child sexual assault.  

Now in its 22nd year, White Balloon Day unites communities annually to break the silence on child sexual assault, and make a commitment to protecting Aussie kids.

Learn more below about the legacy of White Balloon Day and how YOU can get involved!

GET INVOLVED

Whether you are a part of a school, small business, corporation, community group, or you are simply an individual who cares about protecting the kids of Australia, there is something for you to get involved in this White Balloon Day 2018.

From hosting your own White Balloon Day EVENT, to getting involved in our CHALK ART PROJECT, we have some great activities this year for you to show your support. 

FUNDRAISE FOR WHITE BALLOON DAY

By fundraising for White Balloon Day, you are helping to ensure that child survivors get the specialist counselling they need, and preventative education is provided to Australian kids.

There are several ways you can raise funds, ranging from hosting a small morning tea among friends, to planning something bigger such as a special White Balloon Day luncheon or dinner. There are also many simple fundraising activities you can choose from.

FUNDRAISING EVENT AND ACTIVITY IDEAS

HISTORY OF WHITE BALLOON DAY

The White Balloon was adopted by Bravehearts as symbolic of the issue of child sexual assault following a public demonstration in Belgium in 1996. 300,000 people gathered with white balloons in solidarity for the parents of children who were the victims of a previously convicted and released paedophile. Bravehearts continued the tradition the following year and and has done so every year since. 

Now after 22 years, the white balloon represents a symbol of hope for survivors of child sexual assault and encourages them to break the silence by speaking out. In turn, the humble white balloon works to protect today’s children against sexual assault. 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • White Balloon Day is Australia’s largest and longest-running child protection campaign dedicated to the prevention of child sexual assault.  
  • In 1999, Senior Police labelled White Balloon Day a ‘phenomenon’ when it was revealed that the campaign resulted in a staggering 514% increase in disclosures of child sexual assault to Queensland Police Headquarters!
  • Since its inception, White Balloon Day has helped to educate over 800,000 children across Australia about personal safety, with Bravehearts’ Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show.

BRAVEHEARTS IS BALLOON SMART!

White Balloon Day is endorsed by Zoos Victoria’s ‘When Balloons Fly‘ campaign, which raises awareness about the effects of releasing balloons into the natural environment.  

Please ensure that you are ‘balloon smart’ during White Balloon Day this year by refraining from using balloons (even those without helium) outdoors. Please pop and dispose of your balloons in the rubbish bin when you have finished your White Balloon Day activity or event.

Bravehearts does in no way endorse or recommend the release of balloons, helium or otherwise. 

 

 

WHITE BALLOON DAY
FRIDAY, SEPT 7, 2018

White Balloon Day is a Bravehearts signature awareness campaign. Held this year on Friday, September 7, it is a highlight of Child Protection Week (September 2-8, 2018). 

White Balloon day brings together families, schools, governments, police, survivors, celebrity ambassadors, corporates and businesses for the common goal of child protection. 

Funds raised throughout the campaign will go towards creating child safe communities via preventive education and training programs, as well as specialist support for kids and families affected by child sexual assault.

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Last year more than 800 events took place across Australia.

Let’s make this year even bigger! 

 

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