Bravehearts Mid North Coast hosted a successful day at the races fundraising to help children across the region access child protection education.
On June 25 nearly 100 people donned their racing best despite the rain to enjoy a scrumptious lunch at the Port Macquarie Racecourse.
Jenny Watts chairperson of Bravehearts Mid North Coast thanked the community for their ongoing support.
"Bravehearts is an organisation which is committed to funding free child protection education for the children in our community," Ms Watts said.
"The education comes in the form of an interactive show designed for children aged 3-8 years old and we have been going into primary schools and preschools since we began in 2013.
"The program itself consists of poems and songs to teach children about personal safety and child sexual assault."
On the Mid North Coast the program goes into schools from Kempsey to Taree taking in Wauchope, Beechwood, Port Macquarie and the Camden Haven.
Ms Watts said it was events like the day at the races which allows Bravehearts Mid North Coast to be able to continue educating young people.
"In 70-90 percent of child sexual assault cases the offenders are known, loved and trusted by the family," she said.
"98 percent of cases reported by children are found to be true but alarmingly 1 in 3 people say they would not believe a child if they told them they had been abused.
"It is because of statistics like this that days like today are important. This coming August we have 1,600 young people signed up to take part in our education program at a total cost of over $19,000.
"We are committed to delivering the education program for free and that is why fundraising events are so important.
"Thank you to everyone who has donated to us as we believe every child has the right to access our training regardless of personal circumstance."
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