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Police join marathon to raise awareness about child protection

HerCanberra Team

Despite freezing temperatures down at Lake Burley Griffin this morning, Australian Federal Police members were out supporting an important cause for kids.

A team from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) completed the Bravehearts 777 Marathon in Canberra today. Twenty AFP members braved the chilly Canberra morning, participating in the event to run a combined total of more than 350km.

The event, which followed the lake’s foreshore, raised funds and awareness to protect Australian children against child sexual assault, and to support survivors and victims of this crime type.

AFP acting Assistant Commissioner Lesa Gale, acting National Manager Crime Operations, said the AFP had a long-standing relationship with Bravehearts.

“Preventing child sexual assault is everyone’s business. Ending child exploitation requires action and collaboration from all aspects of the community across the globe.”

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“We have been working together with Bravehearts for many years to protect Australian children from sexual exploitation, so raising awareness and funds for this important cause means a lot to our members,” she explains.

Kayleen Johnston from Bravehearts said the run was the ultimate fundraising adventure for ordinary people who want to make an extraordinary difference.

“The Bravehearts 777 Marathon raises vital funds and awareness to help us educate, empower and protect Aussie kids from sexual assault,” she said.

All funds raised go towards a suite of holistic child protection services including personal safety education for children.

If you’d like to help the cause, don’t worry about slipping into your activewear, you can donate from the warmth of your own home or office by going to www.bravehearts.org.au.

The AFP believes that self-protection through education and empowerment is the key for children to protect themselves against threatening or harmful situations. Their ThinkUKnow program is run by the AFP Cyber and Child Safety team and takes an evidence-based approach incorporating real-life case studies and investigations into educational sessions for parents/carers, teachers, and students.

Through the ThinkUKnow program, the AFP, industry and law enforcement partners deliver free cyber safety education in schools and organisations. The program recognises that one ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. For more information, visit www.ThinkUKnow.org.au.

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