Brave move to help stop bullying
LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:35 Written by // Ron Hughes
Sydney-based anti-bullying campaign Community Brave are urging the public to help them fund a world-first social media platform to help LGBTI youth.
The campaign wants to harness the power of social media to help end self-harm and suicide by young LGBTI people who are being bullied or harassed.
Community Brave founder and chairman Rami Mandow (pictured) said it was vital to engage with the community through social media.
“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,” Mandow said.
“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.”
Community Brave is raising funds through the crowd-funding website Start Some Good and aims to raise 50,000 to kick the project off.
“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,” Mandow said.
The project has been receiving support from high profile figures including Senator Penny Wong, Peter Garrett and ex-PM Julia Gillard who have contributed online videos in support.
Contributions start from $2 and are tax deductible and different amounts donated attract a variety of LGBTI themed products including Community Brave lanyards, fridge magnets, wristbands and coffee cups through to quirky “Marriage Equality” thongs, movie tickets, DVDs, light up speakers and a range of Apple-related merchandise.
To be part of the anti-bullying campaign, visit www.startsomegood.com/combrv to make your contribution. All pledges must be made by Saturday, December 14, 2013.