On Sunday 4 March 2018, an Adelaide man who was abused as a child set off on a golf tour around Australia, to raise awareness and funds for adult survivors of childhood trauma including abuse.
The 1-in-4 National Golf Tour will see James Wade visiting golf clubs and courses across the country. The first leg of James’ journey will take him to Perth, followed by Darwin, Sydney and Melbourne, and winding up back in Adelaide.
James came up with the idea for the tour last year, after sharing his experience of being abused as a child by a teacher and priest for the very first time in over 45 years, to his wife Bisika.
“I did feel a great relief that I’d released this burden and shared it with someone,” said James.
Encouraged by his loved ones and friends, James decided to seek professional support, eventually finding Blue Knot Foundation.
“It was a great relief finding Blue Knot Foundation, and discovering there are people out there that do help,” he said.
The golf tour is not only an effort to raise awareness and support abuse survivors, but James believes it will help in his own journey of healing.
“The more people I tell, the more I’ll heal. I don’t want to be a victim anymore. I’ve been a victim for too long and now it’s time I became a survivor,” he said.
A golf tour made perfect sense to James – firstly because he’s an avid golfer, and secondly because he sees it as a way to reach the generation exposed to abuse in the 50s and 60s, as the average age of a golfer is between 60 and 70.
“I want to raise awareness and show people that it’s okay to speak up – if I can tell others and I can heal, so can you,” he said.
Cathy Kezelman AM, President of Blue Knot Foundation, said: “We’re proud to support James Wade on the 1-in-4 National Golf Tour – it’s a generous and inspiring initiative that will help to raise awareness across Australia, and can provide far-reaching benefits to survivors, and their families.”
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