Uniting Together in Support
“Today we stand with Member Org @BlueKnotOrg supporting 5 million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse. We acknowledge the pain felt by those affected and the role we can all play in uniting for healing and recovery”
Suicide Prevention Australia
On Sunday 1st October Blue Knot Foundation launched the #unitebkd2017 Facebook Campaign as part of Blue Knot Day celebrations, providing an opportunity to unite online in support of adult survivors of childhood trauma. A huge thank you to everyone who has posted the hashtag, uploaded and shared images and posts, reposted, retweeted, liked and promoted our messages online, held Facebook livestreams, ran online fundraising events and campaigns and emailed us so many messages of support! Thank you so much to you all.
The #unitebkd2017 Facebook Campaign was made possible through the generous support of Shine Lawyers, who we welcomed back on board once again this year as Blue Knot Day partners.
“Shine Lawyers is honoured to work in partnership with Blue Knot Foundation for another year”, said Lisa Flynn, National Special Counsel - Abuse Law, Shine Lawyers. “Blue Knot Foundation is a powerful, purpose-driven organisation that we feel privileged to work with as we create new and brighter trajectories for the very courageous survivors that we represent”.
This year the Blue Knot Day 2017 Photography Competition has been incorporated into the #unitebkd2017 Facebook Campaign, encouraging entrants to upload a Facebook image representing the word ‘unite’, in the context of recovery from childhood trauma. A selection of Blue Knot Day and #unite images are being shared online at Blue Knot Foundation’s own Facebook site throughout October. Those featuring the hashtag #unitebkd2017 will be automatically entered into the Blue Knot Day 2017 Photography Competition, which this year features a cash prize of $500, thanks to Blue Knot Day partner, Shine Lawyers.
#unitebkd2017 will run until Tuesday 31 October, with competition entries closing at midnight.
Throughout the week of 16-22 October, Blue Knot Day Ambassadors organised fun runs, BBQs, fundraisers and faith-based services throughout the country, seeing communities unite together under many umbrellas. “It’s been so affirming to see support for survivors in the community, with such a public and creative display of unity”, said Blue Knot Foundation Fundraising Manager, Cath James. “Blue Knot Day events have included trivia and bingo nights, BBQs and communities uniting to create murals and messages of support together. Thank you so much to everyone who has united in support”.
On Blue Knot Day itself, Monday 16 October, many workplace morning teas were held throughout the country, providing private opportunities to open the dialogue around childhood trauma and its impact on adult survivors. We thank all our supporters from community groups, not-for-profit organisations and the corporate sector who have helped raise awareness within your own, unique workplace community. In particular we would like to acknowledge the participation of the team at Shine Lawyers, who have once again supported us on a national level through their own Blue Knot Day morning teas.
As this issue of Breaking Free goes to print, Blue Knot Day events are still taking place throughout the country. We look forward to sharing some of our favourite highlights with you in the next issue!
Thongs of support, uniting in recovery!
Community messages of hope and unity from ‘CQ Supports for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse’ Blue Knot Day held in Rockhampton, QLD, earlier this month.