SMC’s Year 9B Religion students have banded together to demonstrate their support for the protection of children.
Friday 7 September was White Balloon Day, the annual fund and awareness-raising campaign for Bravehearts, an organisation dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse.
The campaign, which is now in its 22nd year, uses the white balloon as a symbol of hope for survivors of child sexual assault and encourages them to break the silence by speaking out.
In a show of solidarity for those affected by the issue, students completed a montage of white chalk drawings featuring messages of hope and support.
While in the past people have bought and released white balloons to mark the day, this year supporters were asked to consider alternative activities as the world becomes more conscious about the effects of plastics on the environment.
Braveheart founder, Hetty Johnson said: “We’re asking people to ‘chalk about it’, so getting some chalk and drawing balloons on footpaths with a message to children and survivors that we care about.”