Today is White Balloon Day. Visit the website below to launch your very own digital 'white balloon' to give hope to the 1 in 5 Aussie kids that will be sexually harmed before their 18th birthday.
More than 1400 children were this week taught important personal safety knowledge and skills when Bravehearts acclaimed education program 'Ditto's Keep Safe Adventure Show' visited six schools and two early learning centres in Mount Isa.
Through Ditto, the Bravehearts lion mascot, the 40-minute live production tailored for children aged from three to eight effectively teaches strategies and skills to stay safe in a range of situations from bullying to sexual assault.
The North West Star and ABC Far North Queensland came along to Townview State School on Monday to see the show.
Mount Isa schools and early learning centres are just some of the 150 to see the program in north Queensland this year through Bravehearts Cairns education team which will see 26,000 children this year.
Having reached 440,000 children nationally since 2008, the Ditto show is gaining momentum with an increasing number of schools and child care centres playing a key role in preventing a crime that will affect one in five Australian children in some way before they turn 18.
Learn about Ditto and request a visit at your school here.
As far as good stories go, you can't beat Claude Harvey.
Claude is a 70-year-old grandfather on a mission to help child protection advocate Bravehearts stop child sexual assault.
For the past 10 years he has pushed his custom designed coin-collecting Victa all around Australia to fundraise money for the protection of Aussie kids. He's raised more than $750,000 to date.
Our work with Bravehearts generated buzz for Claude on the back of his latest mowerthon from the Gold Coast to Sydney, a 1000km feat expected to take 105 days.
Here's what he had to say on Channel 7's Sunrise on the morning of the launch at Point Danger Lookout, Tweed Heads.