Australian schools participate in National Buddy Day to raise awareness about bullying

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Media release - Friday 10 June, 2016

Hundreds of Australian schools will participate in National Buddy Day in a bid to help students form stronger relationships while raising awareness and funds for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.

The initiative – developed by NAB and the Foundation – will take place on Wednesday 15 June, celebrating friendship and focusing on the important issue of bullying in primary schools.

National Buddy Day also promotes the Foundation’s Better Buddies program, which pairs children in their first and last years of primary school to learn important values. This enables younger children to feel safe and cared for while older children feel valued and respected. 

Almost 2,000 Australian schools are presently participating in Better Buddies, of which NAB is the Principal Partner. The program complements existing school welfare programs and is easy to implement due to clear links with national curriculum initiatives.

Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta said National Buddy Day provided a wonderful opportunity for schools to celebrate their involvement in Better Buddies. Ms Podesta said the Foundation’s programs helped address bullying, which was a major societal issue with almost one in five Australian children bullied.

“National Buddy Day is an important way for us to highlight to students, teachers and parents the importance of forming strong and positive relationships within a school community,” Ms Podesta said.

“We look forward to National Buddy Day, so that the Foundation and NAB can celebrate its achievements in reducing bullying across the country.”

For more than a decade NAB has worked with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation to prevent bullying in primary schools around Australia. Through this partnership Better Buddies has grown rapidly since the first 30 schools took part in 2007.

Since 1997, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation has helped protect almost 1.6 million children through its care, prevention and advocacy programs.

Your school can become involved in National Buddy Day by visiting buddyday.org.au.

For more information about the Foundation go to amf.org.au.

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Media inquiries contact Adrian Bernecich: 03 9697 0683, 0416 045 701 or adrian.bernecich@amf.org.au.

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