Bravehearts Fundraising Coordinator Jenna Rathbone and Ditto the Lion.
Bravehearts Fundraising Coordinator Jenna Rathbone and Ditto the Lion. Contributed

Turn trash into treasure to support Bravehearts

CHILD protection is everyone's business and it's everyone's business to stop child sexual assaults.

That's the message from Bravehearts founder and executive director Hetty Johnston leading up to Australia's Biggest White Elephant Sale, a fundraiser to raise funds for the child advocacy group on White Balloon Day.

Bravehearts hopes to raise more than $500,000 on September 6 and Tweed residents are encouraged to take part in a spring clean-out sale to raise funds for the 17th annual event.

Ms Johnston said the sale will help Bravehearts' education, counselling and training programs to continue operation.

"We have people registered who are getting neighbours together for combined sales and one family has organised a joint cul-de-sac sale in their street with neighbours," she said.

"When communities rally together for a common cause, the true value of people power is showcased and the results are amazing."

Ms Johnston was hopeful communities across Australia would rally to play their part

"We are calling on all Australians to gather pre-loved items and to hold a garage sale and a car boot sale with all proceeds going towards this year's White Balloon Day," she said.

"This is a great way to raise funds and awareness, while connecting communities and encouraging households to get active with a spring clean on a grand scale."

Alarming statistics provided by Bravehearts shows that 1 in 5 Australian children, 59,000 annually, will be sexually assaulted before their 18th birthday, with 85 per cent of cases involving a relative or trusted friend.

"We are winning the battle one child at a time, but there's still a long way to go," Ms Johnston said.

"Besides Australia's Biggest White Elephant Sale, supporting White Balloon Day can be as simple as tying a white balloon to your letterbox, as grand as hosting a fundraising function or by donating."

Register your White Elephant Sale or White Balloon Day event at whiteballoonday.com.au.



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