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White balloon day barbie

Lesley Weston buys a hamburger from Bonnie Martin-Stuart
Lesley Weston buys a hamburger from Bonnie Martin-Stuart


A little rain wasn’t going to stop the Tumut and District Neighbourhood Centre, who put on a barbeque to fundraise for Bravehearts last Friday.

Sausages, bacon, hamburgers, onions and eggs straight off the barbie were available to attendees who didn’t mind getting a little wet, with coordinator Phillipa Martin saying they weren’t going to be put off by the inclement weather.

“Unfortunately the rain has dampened it a bit, but we’ll carry on regardless – it hasn’t dampened our spirits!” she said.

The event was part of national day of action White Balloon Day, which aims to spread awareness of the problem of child sexual assault as well as fundraise for child protection advocacy group Bravehearts.

“White Balloon Day is Bravehearts’ national campaign that encourages the community to break the silence about child sexual assault,” said Bravehearts Fundraising Coordinator Jess Ward.

“September 9 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Bravehearts’ White Balloon Day and we are using this milestone to make it clear to all Australians that protecting children against sexual assault is everyone’s business.”

Braveheart’s mission is to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.

Up to 30 per cent of Australian children have experiences sexual abuse of some kind.