Sydney, Wednesday 4 December, 2013 – With less than two weeks to go, Sydney-based anti-bullying organisation Community Brave, is urging the LGBTIQ community to get behind their peer-to-peer funding campaign to help end bullying, homophobia and teen suicide.
The campaign aims to fund their innovative new social media platform which provides an online service and 24/7 support to young people experiencing bullying.
“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 Community Brave Founder and Chairman, Rami 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” he said.
Contributions start from as little as $2 and are rewarded with a range of quirky LGBTIQ focused products including colourful marriage equality thongs which give people an opportunity to protest with every footstep as they imprint the words ‘marriage equality’ in the sand.
Community Brave has so far garnered the support of a number of high profile figures including former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Penny Wong, Alex Greenwich, Matt Thistlethwaite and Peter Garrett, who have all taken part in a series of online videos and images to help raise the profile of the foundation.
“Attitudes towards LGBTIQ people have shifted considerably in recent years but many young people still have to deal with harassment and abuse just for being who they are and are treated differently just because of who they love,” Rami said.
“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. All contributions of $2 or more are tax deductible and must be made by Saturday 14 December 2013.
About Community Brave
The Community Brave Foundation is a new collaborative community group made up entirely of volunteers who wish to create a sustainable and positive future for the youth of our community, specifically targeting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) youths. It is 100% community run as a non-profit funded by the community through donations & crowd funding. Changing the world through support, education and social media. www.communitybravefoundation.org #Combrv
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