White Balloon Day is a light, cheerful, funny holiday celebrated annually on September 10th. The holiday coincides with National Children’s Week. The initiator of the event is the non-profit organization Bravehearts. Representatives of the organization make every effort to create a safe and happy environment for children. The work is carried out, first of all, with parents. They are told how to be vigilant and protect the child. White Balloon Day is celebrated in educational institutions, companies and organizations, as well as at home.
The first celebration was symbolic and aimed at combating child sexual abuse. It was held in Belgium in 1996. About 300 thousand people gathered with white balloons and expressed solidarity and support to parents whose children had experienced abuse. People protested against the release from prison of a man convicted of sexual violence. In 1997, White Balloon Day acquired official status.
- The white balloon is a symbol of hope for people who have been victims of violence.
- On this day, it is not customary to be alone; people gather in groups and share stories.
- The holiday had a stunning effect – more than 500% increased detection of perpetrators of violence.
- During the existence of the holiday, millions of children have been trained in personal safety.
How to take part
Make a donation to the Bravehearts White Balloon Day Fund. Involve colleagues, friends, relatives, and your followers on social networks in this noble action. Talk to your child about how to protect themselves. Invite professionals who can talk about self-defense to your school.
When is White Balloon Day celebrated in 2023?
White Balloon Day is observed on September 10 each year.