PROTECTING children from any form of abuse is a cause one Leeton church finds impossible to ignore.
For a second consecutive year, St Peter’s Anglican Church in Leeton will be holding a White Balloon Day event during National Child Protection Week.
Members of the St Peter’s Mothers’ Union Leeton Branch will be getting behind the White Balloon campaign to support the message of preventing child sexual assault on September 9 after the 9.30am mass.
Supporters of the campaign are encouraged to draw chalk balloons on the path in front of the church, or write their names inside cardboard balloon cut outs.
These will then hang from the front of the church.
Donations will also be taken to support Bravehearts’ continuing campaign.
Bravehearts founder and executive chairman Hetty Johnson was pleased the group was taking part again.
“We’re delighted St Peter’s has joined forces with Bravehearts to participate in White Balloon Day … to increase awareness of the importance of child protection and raise essential funds to support (our) vital work,” she said.
“In Australia, a child is sexually assaulted every 90 minutes – that’s one in five children who are sexually harmed in some way before their 18th birthday – a statistic that is totally unacceptable in Australian society.
“Child protection is everybody’s business and every adult, business and organisation can each play an important role in child protection by supporting Bravehearts to help us create safer communities for all Australian children.
“Every Australian child has the right to feel safe and we’re indebted to St Peter’s Anglican Church for taking an active role in promoting Bravehearts and fundraising to help us continue to protect Australian children throughout Australia.”
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