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Blue Knot Day



2016 Blue Knot Day Highlights and Activities

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Blue Knot Day 2016 coincided with the 21st anniversary of Blue Knot Foundation. In celebration, the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House were illuminated blue from dusk on Monday, 24 October. This year's theme of "together we lead the way to survivor recovery" promoted unity in supporting survivors of childhood trauma. More than 30 events were held around the country by local groups, organisations, churches and individuals to mark Blue Knot Day. 


Below are some highlights from events around Australia:

This year's opening event was held at the Royal Automobile Club of Australia in Sydney on Blue Knot Day - Monday, 24 October 2016. The event was opened by NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley, followed by speeches from Blue Knot Foundation President Dr Cathy Kezelman AM (see video of speech on left) and renowned survivor advocate Manny Waks. 16 finalist entries from the Blue Knot Day 2016 photo competition were exhibited at the event and the 3 winners announced. As the evening sky darkened, we crossed to a live stream to the Opera House being illuminated in blue in support of adult survivors of childhood trauma.

We thank our Blue Knot Day volunteers, the Sydney Opera House and the generosity of our Blue Knot Day sponsors, Shine Lawyers and Blueshyft, who literally helped us shine a light on this still taboo and under-resourced issue of childhood trauma.

Opera House blue fireworks 

Cathy Belinda cake


Pitt St Uniting Church in conjunction with South Sydney Uniting Church held a moving multi-faith prayer service of lament and hope on October 23 marking Blue Knot Day. 

The gathering included people from Buddhist, Hindu, Baha’i, Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths who joined together and mourned with, and for, those who have been betrayed and wounded in childhood. The service bore witness to the experience of adult survivors of child abuse from testimony gathered by playwright Alana Valentine. It ended with messages of hope and recovery.

“Every night will have its morning, every pain will have an end, every burden will be lightened”

Click here to read the recovery story told by Blue Knot Foundation Board Member Simon Cole at the service.

Pitt St Uniting Church


Blue Knot Day 2016 Volunteer Ambassadors around the country ran stalls at their local markets and expos to raise awareness of the needs of adults survivors of childhood trauma.

Manly Markets
Orange Mental Health Day      Peel Mental Health Expo


Shine Lawyers held morning teas at their various offices across Australia to celebrate 21 years of empowering survivors recovering from childhood trauma.

Shine Toowoomba morning tea      Shine Ipswich morning tea


Health Direct


Head to Health


“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.”


“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.”


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


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