Community Brave seeks funding for social media bullying campaign
LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:24 Written by // Cec Busby
Volunteer LGBTI community organisation, The Community Brave Foundation is seeking funds to assist them in developing a new social media platform to help eradicate online bullying and phobias against LGBTI people.
The fundraising campaign will be hosted on StartSomeGood and Community Brave has a goal tyo raise $70,000 in the 60 day period. The funds raised will be used to develop a social media platform which provides a digital communication tool available 24/7 support to young people experiencing bullying.
According to Community Brave Founder and Chairman, Rami Mandow LGBTI young people have an disturbingly high rate of youth suicide.
“The statistics around bullying and youth suicide are so alarming, especially amongst young LGBTIQ people. We know that when young people are experiencing difficulties or are thinking about suicide they reach out through social media,” said Mandow.
“This is why we need to be in the space. We need to be proactive rather than reactive and harness the power of social media for social good. I’m excited to be launching this campaign. It is rather new to raise funds using Crowdfunding for not-for-profits – but that’s what makes it exciting!” he said.
Contributions towards the project can start from a little as $2 and Community Brave will offer contributors a range of rewards in exchange for their hard-earned dosh.
“We wanted to offer rewards for contributions that were rather novel, geeky and cool – but could still be relevant towards our organisation type – an LGBTIQ tech company,” Rami said.
Rewards include a range of quirky LGBTIQ and tech focused products including Rainbow Skins for Mac computers, BULLY documentary DVDs, HOLIDAY by MooresCloud, Solar Jar Lamps and anti-bullying corporate training packages.
Community Brave are also offering tickets to their launch party and marriage equality thongs which give people an opportunity to participate in peaceful protesting, imprinting the words ‘marriage equality’ in the sands across Australian beaches.
“I absolutely love the Marriage Equality sandals. Over summer here in Australia, we all visit the beach so much. Imagine how many footprints in the sand we can all make, helping spread the marriage equality message across our beautiful country,” Rami said.
As part of the program, 25 Community Brave champions are about to begin an intensive training course developed by Community Brave and includes curated modules from LivingWorks, Wesley Mission, Mental Health First Aid and Twenty10.
When the platform is launched in 2014, these ‘champions’ will provide support to those LGBTI young people in need.
“We’re all very excited about this phase of the project. We are finally taking that step into engaging with all of our wonderful supporters to give them a chance to contribute towards the building of this anti-bullying platform to help LGBTIQ people live happier lives,” he said.
To be part of the anti-bullying campaign, visit www.startsomegood.com/combrv to make your contribution.
- TOPICS: anti homophobia, Community Brave, Community Brave Foundation, crowdfunding, LGBTI youth, Rami Mandow, support for LGBTI youth, youth suicide
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