posted on August 30, 2017 10:06
Preparations are well underway for Blue Knot Foundation’s national awareness and fundraising day, Blue Knot Day, which this year will be held on Monday 16 October. On this day and throughout the week of 16-22 October, we will ask all Australians to unite in support of the 5 million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.
Blue Knot Foundation's symbol for Blue Knot Day and our symbol all year round is the tangled knot, symbolising the complexity of childhood trauma. Blue Knot Foundation works to help untangle this knot. The ‘blue’ is representative of the clear blue sky of the possibilities of recovery.
There are a number of other ways you can 'Unite in Support of Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma' and help improve the lives of the five million (1 in 4) Australian adults who are survivors of childhood trauma, including abuse, including:
Hold an event in your community
Blue Knot Day events can include a workplace morning tea, a community barbecue, trivia night, fun run, faith-based event or you can approach us with your own ideas!
“The Blue Knot Day theme this year, ‘Unite in Support of Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma’, is really about getting a groundswell of support behind us, that crosses community and corporate. We are encouraging widespread community support and we need volunteers to register as soon as possible to help start conversations in their own communities, through the workplace, by booking a local market stall or space at a local shopping centres, or organising a BBQ or a trivia night for example”, said Cath.
“We have received a great response so far, with many volunteers or ‘Blue Knot Day Ambassadors’ wanting to be involved again after getting something positive out of being involved last year. We want to build on this momentum and to do this we need to communicate with more people. This requires support from volunteers at a grassroots level, in their own communities”.
“We are reliant on ‘Blue Knot Day Ambassadors’: volunteers who help us garner support, share information and start conversations. Volunteers are the absolute backbone of Blue Knot Day and we encourage anyone who is thinking of helping out to get in touch now”.
If you want to fundraise at your Blue Knot Day or event find out more here.
Blue Knot Foundation provides Fundraising Guidelines (if you choose to fundraise), support, guidance and advice to assist with formulating all Blue Knot Day community events. Complete the form online to organise your event or volunteer on this page.
Make a donation online to support Blue Knot Day
Donate today and help untangle the knot of childhood trauma and abuse. A recurring donation enables Blue Knot Foundation to continue its vital work long-term.
Blue Knot Day donations will be directed to the provision of professional support, information and resources to empower adult survivors of childhood trauma to recover.
For example, a donation of $50 will cover the cost of 20 newsletters, $100 maintains Blue Knot Foundation's online services for 1 day and $500 supports a day's development of Blue Knot Foundation's programs.
Purchase Blue Knot Day merchandise
Purchase Blue Knots or Friendship Bracelets for yourself, family, friends and colleagues. Sell them at your event in support of Blue Knot Foundation and wear them with pride this Blue Knot Day, and unite in support of the 5 million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma.
• Visit Blue Knot Foundation's ONLINE SHOP
• Purchase your Blue Knot Day merchandise
• Bracelets are available in packs of 5 for $25
• Blue Knots pins 5 for $20
• Wear your Blue Knot pin or Friendship Bracelet in support of Blue Knot Day
• Encourage others to do the same!
This year the theme of ‘Unite in Support of Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma’ will also act as the backdrop for an Australia-wide social media campaign, featuring the hashtag #UNITE. Everyone will be invited to participate in this campaign that runs through the month of October.
“This Blue Knot Day we are encouraging people to show their support by capturing an image of what ‘Unite’ means to them, with the hashtag #UNITE featured in the image or image description”, said Fundraising Manager, Cath James. “Isolation, stigma and shame can be a tremendously challenging part of the recovery journey for adult survivors of childhood trauma. We were overwhelmed with such positive feedback last year, when the iconic Sydney Opera House was illuminated blue for Blue Knot Day, as it was so public and visible. So we decided to build on that theme, to provide a platform for anyone, anywhere to show their support, to show people they care. This is about uniting and being visible in our strength of support”.
Full details of #UNITE will be promoted on Blue Knot Foundation social media channels in the run up to Blue Knot Day.