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2014 Highlights

Blue Knot Foundation (then ASCA) was thrilled to see the many events held in support of Blue Knot Day 2014 around the country with diverse communities jumping on board to participate, 18 events and counting! With the theme of ‘Recovery is possible’ we were thrilled to see so much interest and support.

This year we were delighted to welcome the Chair of the Royal Commission, Justice Peter McClellan, to our opening event in Parliament House, Canberra, hosted by Senator Bilyk and Ken Wyatt MP, co-convenors of PACAN. It was also an honour the Minister for Health and Minister for Sport, the Hon. Peter Dutton MP, to officially launch our video series.

 Hon.Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health,                Justice Peter McClellan addressing attendees
 Dr Cathy Kezelman & Senator Bilyk                         at the Blue Knot Day Opening Event

 Hon.Peter Dutton MP & Mr Ken Wyatt MP                Senator Bilyk & Hon.Justice Peter McClellan AM

At the Parliament House event we also were delighted to announce the winner of this year’s Blue Knot Award, John Ellis, and to have both previous winners present – Maggie Dawkins and Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox. Sadly, John couldn't be with us to accept the award in person as he was doing the work for which he received the award – seeking justice for adult survivors. Needless to say John joins the other ever-so-worthy recipients of the Blue Knot Award, to date.

The event at Parliament House and the many events nationally, both secular and faith-based as well as the active media coverage of Blue Knot Day 2014, attest to the importance of Blue Knot Foundation's work (then ASCA) and that of its fellow survivor organisations.

Click here to read the 2014 Blue Knot Day 1300 Professional Support Line Report 


Our Untangle the knot photo competition winner, who secured the prize to the value  of   $1000 was Gwenda Skewes. Her winning image titled 'Unravelling the knot to  freedom'  is, in the words of the judges: "an innovative interpretation of the this year's theme  'Recovery',  using the shape of a growing tree but interspersed with the knots of  abuse.
 It symbolises the  past history with the promise of growth today."
 ASCA thanks Artemis Legal & St George Foundation for their generous contribution of  prizes totalling a value of $1000.

Blue Knot Foundation (then ASCA) would like to acknowledge Qantas for providing us with the opportunity to exhibit at their Annual Safety Week Conference. Blue Knot Foundation President, Dr Cathy Kezelman presented on 'Trauma in the Workplace' whilst the Blue Knot Foundation (then ASCA) team promoted Blue Knot Day with a 'Blue' themed dessert stall which was a hit!

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Blue Knot Foundation (then ASCA) was also delighted with the many of you who purchased blue knot pins, bracelets and other merchandise and/or donated in support of Blue Knot Day.

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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.”


“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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