On Thursday 10th of October, Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF), Melbourne Central and GPT foundation inspire all to stride our city holding love lights, in a powerful pursuit to defend children from family trauma or abuse.
Did you know that every night, 46,000 children can't sleep in their own beds because they are at risk of being abused or neglected? On a mission to combat just this, ACF support children who may endure family violence, as well as educate and empower communities to safeguard children and nurture their childhood.
In a beautiful movement, ACF alongside GPT Foundation and Melbourne Central will join forces and drive the Big Love Light Walk - a major, public event for the community to come together and showcase their willingness to defend children from family violence. The campaign will flutter the CBD with individuals holding sparkling love lights, in a twilight solidarity walk, before reaching Melbourne Central's Shot Tower for the after-party celebration.
Initiated in 2017, Melbourne's first Big Love Light Walk saw 400 people attend. This year, ACF and Melbourne Central are propelling towards a turnout of 1000, uniting a force for good and helping to make a difference in the lives of children.
"In partnership with GPT and Melbourne Central we're delighted to promote the Big Love Light walk. In 2017 the walk was initiated to celebrate children across our country. Through joining forces, we involve children in a community that truly values them, their childhood, and ensures their safety and protection. Over time we envisage thousands of walkers across Australia, signifying our campaign and importance of children," says Dr. Joe Tucci, CEO of the Foundation.
"The campaign is a natural fit for us - Melbourne Central host millions of Australians every year, enabling us to respond to community challenges on so many levels. We support credible causes with long term impact, focusing on youth at risk, mental health, homelessness, and child wellbeing.
We're privileged to raise awareness around the importance of childhood and prevent family violence through the Big Love Light Walk," says Jaclyn Rowan, chair of the GPT Foundation. Headlining the after-party at Melbourne Central's Shot Tower is KIAN - an Australian born powerhouse voice with lyrical vulnerability and wisdom beyond his years. His hit single, 'Waiting', soared to the top of the Spotify charts in 2018, and will have KIAN will step up to the microphone and deliver a performance upraising the Big Love Light Walk and Australian children.
After witnessing an amazing performance by KIAN, the exclusive VIP celebrations continue with glitter face art, an inflatable, Instagramable photo booth, topped off with an epic heart-shaped balloon drop under the cone.
So meet your friends and form strength in numbers, as you stride through Melbourne with bright lights to hero children and support the ACF.
All ticket proceeds from the Big Love Light Walk 2019 will go towards the Australian Childhood Foundation.
The Big Love Light Walk
Thursday 10 October, 5pm
Walking to Melbourne Central from your choice of three starting points:
• 530 Collins Street
• 8 Exhibition Street
• Federation Square
Click here to register