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Growing up in any generation or demographic is difficult; there’s so much to learn in schools but most of all, it’s the challenge of figuring out who you are that can prove to be the most difficult. Unfortunately, upon this journey, many school aged children are victims to bullying both in real life and online. Approximately one in four Year 4 to Year 9 Australian students (27%) reported being bullied every few weeks or more often (considered to be frequent) in a national study in 2009. 84% of students who were bullied online were also bullied in person.
Bullying greatly effects the target mentally, physically and emotionally with some victims still struggling with the damage well into their adult life. I was deeply bullied growing up and still carry many scars which effects the way to open up to people, and has given me anxiety and depression in my later years. I do still experience bullying as an adult but I am grateful to those around me who offer support and understanding but I can’t help but think about those who feel they are completely alone. No one should feel alone whilst getting bullied.
This is why I have chosen Bully Zero as my charity in participation with Pinup Doll Australia All Stars 2020. Bully Zero is the leading and most influential anti-bullying and cyberbullying organisation for children, teens and adults in Australia. They work to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, and other forms of digital abuse in schools, workplaces, online and in communities across our country.
With a focus on preventing bullying by creating environments where everyone can thrive, they develop and deliver programs and initiatives that promote civility, inclusion and equality and their workshops provide participants with effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, in the workplace, at school and online.
Some victims of bullying are so tormented that suicide has become their only option. Allem Halkic, was one such victim who at the tender age of seventeen, took his own life after being harassed online. Allem’s tragic story, amongst others, was the catalyst to launching Bully Zero in 2013. Over the last six years, Bully Zero have delivered programs to more than 1,000 schools, workplaces and community groups and engaged with over 300,000 parents, teachers and students across the country.
This year, I hope to reach my fundraising goal by putting on a selection of events and a few surprises along the way. I hope you all stand beside me and the children of Australia who are falling prey to bullying. Bullying needs to stop immediately and with your donations, we get one step closer to this dream being a reality. Thank you for your time in reading this. I encourage you to dig deeply and donate as much as you can.
Learn more about Bully Zero here:https://bullyzero.org.au/
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