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CFA leader stands up for child protection
Operations Manager Bill Johnstone has put up his hand – with fingernails painted in a range of fetching colours – for the recently-launched Polished Man campaign.
He has joined the likes of footballer Chris Judd in an awareness and fundraising campaign that challenges men to end violence against children. Judd, Bill and other men who sign up will wear nail polish between September 1 and 15 with a single painted nail representing the one in five children who experience violence globally.
Bill is choosing to paint a nail for each donation he receives with all money going to local violence prevention initiatives.
He is challenging other CFA members and staff to either join the campaign or sponsor him.
“I see this as an extension of the White Ribbon campaign that brings attention to male violence against women,” says Bill. “Children both witness and experience violence perpetrated by men. Anything we can do to highlight this issue in our society but, more specifically, within our organisation, we should do. As people with a profile in our communities, let’s stand up and say, ‘Enough’.
“If you see violence perpetrated, hear it or suspect it, say something.
“I challenge others to get on board. There are so many worthy causes out there and the ice bucket challenge has been drawing attention to one, but this is worthwhile. It’s right here, right now, in our own backyard.”
The website Polished Man draws together a lot of the facts and figures that have prompted the campaign, as follows…
“While most men don’t perpetrate violence, approximately 90 per cent of all violence committed against children is perpetrated by men. The majority of this violence happens behind closed doors and is committed by people known to the child. We believe that all men have a role to play in ensuring children feel safe and can reach their full potential.
“We know men can be influential in contributing to change. Through showcasing the positive influence that men have, we can create a community of male change makers.
“Be a leader in your community by condemning violence against children.”
Anyone wanting to sign up to the campaign can do so on the Polished Man website before September 15.
To sponsor Bill, click on this link.