With stats revealing that one in three girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they reach the age of 18, Rugby League wants to play its part to help make our country the safest in the world to raise a child.
This week you’ll see all our referees wearing special jerseys in support of an important campaign to prevent child sexual assault and we’re urging all league fans to get behind it!
Bravehearts’ White Balloon Day campaign is on Friday, September 7 and the NRL’s match officials’ have an ongoing partnership with Bravehearts which aims to encourage support for those harmed by child sexual assault, as well as actively protect children through education and awareness and to have the courage and integrity to stand up for children no matter how hard the call.
The Bravehearts jerseys have been made possible thanks to the support of NRL match officials sponsor AAMI, which has donated its branding space on the jerseys.
We’re urging all Rugby League fans to support Australia’s largest child protection advocacy group and their important campaign by raising much-needed funds that will go toward education, prevention and counselling programs for children around Australia.
The White Balloon Day campaign will be launched at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Friday, August 31, ahead of the final round match between the Broncos and Panthers.
You can get involved with fundraising events at home, in the workplace or in schools. For more information, visit www.whiteballoonday.com.au.