Children’s author Sally Rippin is the first 2019 Buddy Run Community Champion

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Acclaimed children’s author Sally Rippin is the first Community Champion for national children’s charity, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s anti-bullying fun run, Buddy Run.

The author of more than 70 books, Sally is Australia’s highest selling female author and her books have sold more than 4.5 million copies in 14 languages.

Her works include the highly acclaimed Polly and Buster trilogy and the popular Billie B Brown and Hey Jack! books, which became the highest-selling series for six to eight-year-olds in Australia within the first year of their release.

Sally’s book, Billie B Brown: The Bully Buster, is shortlisted for a KOALA Award in the Fiction for Younger Readers category this year.

Sally is championing the Buddy Run because “bullying isn’t acceptable”.

“The reason I write for children is because they’re our future,” she said.

“If we get children right, we get the future right.  With one in four children bullied, we need to look after their emotional health and one of the most important ways is to ensure children feel safe, both in and out of the classroom.

“If we get children right, we get the future right.  With one in four children bullied, we need to look after their emotional health and one of the most important ways is to ensure children feel safe, both in and out of the classroom.

““We need to change the ethos that bullying is part of childhood. It shouldn’t be that way and we can all contribute to changing this by teaching empathy and kindness at home. As a children’s author, I aim to develop empathy through the books I write to help my readers understand what it is like to be in someone else’s shoes.

Giving older children the opportunity to be a buddy (through the Foundation’s Better Buddies program) helps them learn to empathise and care for younger children and be seen and appreciated for doing this work.”

Register for Buddy Run today at www.buddyrun.org.au and join us in saying NO to bullying.

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