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Oct
10

‘#unitebkd2017 in Support of Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma’

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. 

IT'S TIME TO #unitebkd2017 … AND WIN $500!

This year the Blue Knot Day 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 #unitebkd2017.

“This Blue Knot Day we are encouraging people to show their support by capturing an image of what ‘Unite’ means to them in the context of recovery from 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”, said Cath James, Fundraising Manager. “So we decided to build on that theme, to provide a platform for anyone, anywhere, to show their support. This is about uniting and being visible in our strength of support”.  

The ‘#unitebkd2017 Blue Knot Day Campaign’ encourages individuals, community groups and businesses to post an image on their own Facebook pages, featuring the hashtag ‘#unitebkd2017’, to show their support of adult survivors of childhood trauma. “This could be a group selfie at a workplace Blue Knot Day morning tea, communities uniting together to demonstrate support, images of pets, plants…whatever unite means to you”, said Cath. 

The Blue Knot Day ‘#unitebkd2017’Campaign will run for a period of 30 days starting 1st October, 2017 and finishing 12 midnight 30th October, 2017. Our favourite images will be shared online at Blue Knot Foundation’s own Facebook site throughout the month of October, to showcase a gallery of strength and support from across the country.

Each uploaded image with automatically enter the Blue Knot Day 2017 Photography Competition, which this year features a cash prize of $500. Images can either be posted on Facebook sites with the hashtag #unitebkd2017, or emailed directly to Blue Knot Foundation. #unitebkd2017 will be promoted on Blue Knot Foundation social media channels in the run up to Blue Knot Day. Full details, including the photography competition terms and conditions, are available online now.

GET INVOLVED! 

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!

“This year our team will be once again uniting for adult survivors of childhood trauma, through hosting a Blue Knot Day workplace morning tea”, said Lizzie Wills, Receptionist, Quality Health Care, Hurstville, NSW. “It’s a great way to get together and to raise awareness. Our childhoods give us the foundation of who we are...our value system, self-confidence and respect for ourselves and others. 

“As we grow into adulthood, any good or bad experiences we had growing up will affect our body, mind and spirit. All children deserve a happy, magical and innocent childhood. When this isn’t the case, it’s good to know the Blue Knot Foundation is there to offer supports for individuals who are recovering from childhood trauma”. 

Blue Knot Day 2016 sponsor, Shine Lawyers, also held morning teas in their offices throughout the country last year, sparking conversations and raising awareness. Shine’s National Abuse Law Partner Lisa Flynn said, “It’s essential that we work together to ensure survivors of trauma and abuse have a voice and that they are adequately supported along their journeys to rebuild. Blue Knot is paving the way in this quest and we are privileged to be playing some small role in this journey.” 

If you would like to fundraise for Blue Knot Day please click here for further details. 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.  Just 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

GET IN TOUCH!

Last year Blue Knot Day featured morning teas, BBQs, healing trails and faith based services organised across the country. This year we already have a number of community events and fundraising activities registered and we encourage anyone who would like to get involved to please get in touch as soon as possible. Blue Knot Day is run by the community, it is our day, together. 

If you would like to organise a Blue Knot Day event or help promote #unitebkd2017 in your community, simply register online or contact Blue Knot Foundation Fundraising Manager, Cath James, on (02) 8920 3611 / 0472 995 859 or email cjames@blueknot.org.au.

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“Blue Knot Foundation has a key role to play in the building of community capacity in care provision to those who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma in any environment.”

NIALL MULLIGAN Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers

“I think Blue Knot Foundation is a fantastic support organisation for people who have experienced childhood trauma/abuse, for their families/close friends and for professionals who would like to learn how to more effectively work with these people.”

Psychologist Melbourne

“It's such a beautiful thing that you are doing. Helping people to get through this.”

ANONYMOUS

“It was only last September when I discovered the Blue Knot Foundation website and I will never forget the feeling of support and empathy that I received when I finally made the first phone call to Blue Knot Helpline, which was also the first time I had ever spoken about my abuse.”

STEVEN

"At last there is some sound education and empathetic support for individuals and partners impacted by such gross boundary violations.”

TAMARA

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Phone: 02 8920 3611
Email: admin@blueknot.org.au
PO Box 597 Milsons Point NSW 1565
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