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White Balloon Day - September 10
Tue, Sep 10, 2024

White Balloon Day

White Balloon Day is a light, cheerful, and meaningful holiday celebrated annually on September 10th. It aligns with National Children’s Week and is initiated by the non-profit organization Bravehearts, which works tirelessly to create a safe and joyful environment for children, focusing on educating parents about vigilance and protection.

History

White Balloon Day began in Belgium in 1996 as a symbolic event aimed at combating child sexual abuse. About 300,000 people gathered with white balloons in a show of solidarity and support for parents whose children had suffered abuse, and to protest against the release of a convicted sex offender. By 1997, White Balloon Day had gained official status and became a significant observance.

Interesting Facts

  • The white balloon symbolizes hope for those who have been victims of violence.
  • It is a day to come together, not to be alone; people gather to share stories and support each other.
  • The impact of the holiday has been profound, leading to a more than 500% increase in the detection of violence perpetrators.
  • Since its inception, millions of children have received education on personal safety through the efforts surrounding this day.

How to Take Part

Support the Bravehearts White Balloon Day Fund through donations. Engage colleagues, friends, and family, and spread the word on social media to participate in this noble cause. Discuss personal safety with your children and invite professionals to schools to talk about self-defense and protection.

When is White Balloon Day celebrated in 2024?

White Balloon Day is observed on September 10 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday September 10 2024
Wednesday September 10 2025
Thursday September 10 2026
Saturday September 10 2027
Sunday September 10 2028
Monday September 10 2029